New And Improved Electric Storage Heaters
Modern electric radiators are 100% energy efficient. This has not always been the case and you’ve probably heard how electric storage systems are inefficient and costly. But that was before heating technology improved.
Electric radiators and electric central heating systems such as the SlimPro do not waste energy. 100% of the input is converted into heat and distributed around the house at a time and temperature you set. The intelligent control puts you in complete control allowing you to schedule temperatures for each hour of the day, seven days a week. Traditional central heating systems that warm water in a boiler and distribute around the house through a network of pipes are inefficient. This method of heating a home is wasteful because some of the heat is lost en-route from the tank to the radiator combine this with the well documented fact that boilers are highly inefficient with most operating between 55% and 70% efficiency. Moreover, the amount of heat omitted from old radiators is inadequate. Even with the thermostat turned to maximum output there is no guarantee an old radiator will sufficiently heat a room – especially in large houses. On top of that, a central thermostat controls the heat for every room. This means that if you want to warm the living room, you’re also heating every other room in the house. If you’re not using other rooms, you’re running up a fuel bill for no good reason.
Traditional electric radiators and outdated tariffs
To help home owners cut down on the cost of fuel bills, electricity companies introduced the economy 7 tariff. This thoughtful price plan is designed to offer lower rates during night time hours when electric radiators are most likely to be blasting out. If homeowners commit to using their central heating system in a 7-hour window overnight, typically 12am to 7am, power companies offer a reasonable discount as a reward. Economy 7 tariffs are ideal for people with electric storage heaters that have a hot water tank and spend all day at work. But they are not a practical solution for people that spend most of the day at home. You also pay premium rates in the hours you are most likely to want heating. The only benefit of the economy 7 plan is hot water and warm radiators in the morning. This is great for those bitter cold winters when it’s difficult to get out of bed because there’s no heat outside the duvet. But it’s a short-lived benefit for 7-hours of heating costs! Economy 7 tariffs are essentially uneconomical. But that’s because old electric storage heating systems are inefficient costly and offer poor controllability. The good news is, technology has significantly improved the performance of electric radiators and the new generation models such as the award winning SlimPro pump out more heat for less cost.
The crisis caused by climate change has forced technology companies to refocus heating technology. As a result, electric radiators are 100% energy efficient and have a built-in digital thermostat that accurately measures the temperature of the individual rooms. Lean engineering provides households with a number of benefits; economically, environmentally and ease of use. Cutting edge components measure and regulate room temperature using the minimum amount of electricity, allowing you to cut back on energy consumption and spend less on heating bills. Today’s electric radiators are manufactured using high-grade aluminium. This highly conductive metal heats rooms quicker than other materials thus generating more heat in less time. If your home is suitably insulated, it’s possible to heat a room for an hour using under 20 minutes of electricity. This would take an old a storage heater an hour. 40 minutes saving is a significant difference. Our electric radiators are also fitted with a digital thermostat that measures the temperature of each room. It distributes heat as and when needed to maintain the pre-programmed temperature. In other words, you choose the temperature you want to heat each room and the electric radiator will maintain that level of heat, economising by automatically switching itself on and off accordingly. Yes, electric radiators have brains and a sense of physical feeling.
What else you can expect from modern electric radiators
If you‘re already impressed by the energy efficiency of new electric radiators, you will be blown away by the other benefits they offer. You wouldn’t expect a radiator to help out with house maintenance for example. But that’s exactly what they do! Electric radiators are essentially standalone heating systems. They each have their own thermostat and can be programed independently of each other. You could say modern economical electric radiators have a mind of their own! What the new technology gives you is an unrivalled level of controllability alternative heating systems cannot offer. Each room can therefore be programmed in accordance with your personal preferences or needs. Electric radiators have a 24/7 schedule. This means that you can plan your heating requirements on a weekly basis for each room. For example, if the children are flitting between University and home, all you have to do is activate the settings and the radiators will take care of the rest. But what is most impressive about modern electric radiators is they can protect your home from common problems like damp and mould that are otherwise costly to correct. This function is mostly beneficial to houses that have been unoccupied for long periods. But it’s also ideal for old houses that are more susceptible to wear and tear from changing weather conditions.
Intelligent electric radiators
The maintenance capabilities of electric radiators is all thanks to an “Intelligent Control System” that prevents overheating and under heating rooms. The system monitors air temperature and regulates the amount of electricity used to avoid wasting energy. Other heating systems can’t do this at all. As a consequence, rooms are either too hot or too cold by around three degrees. Not to mention the extra costs incurred for generating heat you don’t even need.