Winter is approaching and it is time to evaluate the options to warm up our home. Energy efficiency is the first and most important factor to be considered. There are many types of heating and many sources of heat, but which one to choose?
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Important hack: the size
It might not sound important, but your radiator size is essential to be considered. This is why we offer our free survey. Each house has its need, and each room in that house has different uses and sizes. Choosing a radiator able to match the room’s needs could help you save a lot.
A bigger radiator has a larger surface area heating the room. This means, that for a smaller radiator in the same room, this one would have to use more energy to warm up the room about at the same temperature. On the other side, it is also crucial to consider that when the radiator is too big for the room it is in, it will most likely overheat it, ending in a waste of energy and money.
As we might already well know, electric radiators have the advantage to be 100% efficient. Our German Electric radiators allow heat retention thanks to the magmatic stones inside, and for every 12/15 minutes of energy consumed you would get more than 45 minutes of heat.
In the central heating system, water is pumped into the radiators, all over your house. The radiator is then heated thanks to the energy warming up the water. Not only this process wouldn’t allow you to turn off the radiators in the room that you are not using. Some energy would get lost in the process of pumping the water and heating it up.
They are simple to use and have low maintenance. Plus, they allow you to control them when you are away from home as they are wifi controlled and keep the temperature constantly checked thanks to the thermostat built in them.
Indeed, the energy price is higher than the gas price, but its energy efficiency allows us to see some savings anyway.
Dual Fuel Radiators
Dual fuel radiators are powered by both electricity and gas. You can choose if you’d like to warm up the radiator powered by your central eating or by electricity. There is also the possibility to isolate one of the radiators and heat only one room using electricity. This solution might be a little more of an investment as compatible radiators need to be purchased, along with a heating element.
If you would like to remain with your central heating system (Which, anyway, we do not suggest), aluminum radiators are the right way to go. Aluminum is a great heat conductor, allowing it to heat quickly and use less energy.
Not only they are easier to recycle, but they also use less water, again, requiring less effort from your boiler, which is great for the environment and allowing some savings! They are advised for occasional use as normal iron radiators warm up rooms more evenly.
Double Panel Radiators
These radiators work by convection and are also called “Type 22”. This is because they are composed of 2 steel panels and 2 convectors one on top of the other, both emitting warm air in the room. They are a great suite for a bigger room that needs to be heated quickly. However, they might be the least energy efficient of the 4.
All of these solutions are good to be taken into consideration for your house. And it depends on what you are looking for and what priorities you have for your heating.
On another hand, it is always good practice to hear the opinion of an expert, just to make sure that you are on the right track. We offer a free survey, perfect to understand what’s the best solution for you!
Otherwise, give us a call +44 1202 985047 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are quick to reply and we would love to help you if we can.