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Welcome to Electric Radiators Direct, suppliers of energy efficient electric radiators and towel rails. We champion electric heating as the heating solution of the future because it is carbon free, ideal for use with sustainable energy and perfectly adapted to take advantage of SMART electronic technology. Once upon a time, electric heating was limited to rudimentary storage heaters designed to save money by heating up overnight using cheap rate electricity and releasing heat during the day. Inefficient, bulky, and difficult to control, storage heaters are rarely popular in homes today. However, not all homeowners realise that electric heating has evolved in recent decades, and now electric radiators offer an easy-install, maintenance free heating option with running costs to rival gas central heating.

Electric radiators are a fantastic forward-looking heating solution because they run equally well whether your electricity is generated by burning fossil fuels or by harnessing sustainable resources. As fossil fuels become scarcer and renewable energy increasingly dominates the energy sector, electric radiators provide an adaptable heating option than keeps up with the changing times.

The company was founded in 2013 to meet the rising demand for energy efficient electric radiators at affordable prices. Since then we have been committed to making comfortable heating with a low carbon footprint an affordable option for all households and businesses, whatever the budget.

When you shop at Electric Radiators Direct you will find a comprehensive range of products with something for every property, design scheme and budget. Our website is packed full of useful information, and, if you’re still unsure, our friendly team of heating advisors are only a phone call away. At Electric Radiators Direct we’re proud to offer exceptional customer service with an award-winning team here to help you before, during and after your purchase. We also offer free next day delivery on most items and a 30 day money back guarantee and best price promise on all our products.

Sounds good? Then come and join the thousands of satisfied customers who have already installed electric radiators in homes and businesses across the country!

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  1. What if I go on holiday?

    1. If you’re expecting to be away for a long period of time – perhaps for a holiday, or a week working abroad – you can switch your SmartWave radiators to sensor mode to reduce your energy usage. The radiators will only start producing comfort temperatures when they sense movement on your return. While the radiators do not sense movement they will operate on anti-freeze mode, only producing a low level of heat when they sense the temperature slipping beneath 5 ˚C. This is invaluable if you want to make sure your pipes don’t freeze over the Christmas holidays, for example. When you get back, all you have to do is switch the radiators back to self-learning mode to re-initiate your saved heating programme; the SmartWave stores your learned heating programmes in a battery powered memory core, so it will not lose your saved programmes even if you switch them off at the wall. This also protects your heating programmes in the event of a power cut.

  2. How do electric patio heaters work?

    1. Electric patio heaters use infrared radiant heat to create warmth. This type of heat is especially effective in outdoor areas as radiant heat doesn’t require the movement of warm air to be felt. Radiation travels through the air unhindered and directly heats the people and surfaces with which it comes into contact.

      Our infrared patio heaters can be roughly split into two categories: quartz heaters and ceramic heaters. These products both create radiant heat but use different heating elements to produce this warmth.

      Quartz heaters, or halogen heaters as they are also known, use a tungsten filament which is heated via electric current to a temperature exceeding 2000° C. They get their name from the quartz tube filled with halogen gas which serves to protect the filament and give the heater a longer lifespan. These kinds of heaters use intense shortwave radiation, known as near infrared, to produce instant heat that works well for outdoor use.

      Ceramic heaters work by heating a coil of wire that’s encased inside a ceramic plate to conduct heat. Their elements don’t reach temperatures as high as a quartz heater and are instead designed to produce a more mellow warmth that can be used comfortably over a long period of time. Ceramic heaters use longwave or far infrared which requires a longer heat up time before its effects can be felt, but this kind of radiant heat is more easily absorbed by the body and provides a more versatile heat suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications.

  3. What are infrared heaters?

    1. All infrared heaters have one thing in common: they all heat purely by radiation, a direct form of heat that doesn’t warm the surrounding air. Radiant heat requires no additional medium to take effect – the electromagnetic waves of infrared can pass even through a vacuum until they come into contact with a person, object or surface.

      Convection, on the other hand, requires heat to be transferred to the surrounding air before it can be felt, and the drawbacks of this are clear. Convected heat can be lost through draughts or through the opening and closing of doors, and will quickly disperse outside where the larger volume of cooler air will overwhelm the effects of the heater.

      Infrared doesn’t use the air to transfer heat, it travels straight through it to provide warmth direct to the end user, which why it’s the method of choice for heating outdoor spaces or open-plan indoor areas that can be difficult to keep warm. One of the chief benefits of infrared heat is that it can be zoned effectively and means you’ll only ever be heating areas that are occupied. They’re by far the more efficient solution over convection heaters, which rely on warming the total air volume of a room – a costly endeavour if you need to warm up a particularly spacious area!

      You’ll find that out of all the heater types on the market, infrared products are the most varied in their appearance because they’re adapted toward more specific uses. From stylish panel heaters for ordinary household heating, to glowing quartz heaters for outdoor spaces, to discreet ceramic heaters for large and draughty indoor spaces – no matter what kind of space you need to heat, there’s an infrared product to meet every need.

  4. What’s the difference between dry thermal and thermal fluid heating elements?

    1. At Electric Radiators Direct you’ll find electric radiators using a variety of different heating elements. Each of these elements has its advantages and may be the best choice for you depending on the space you want to heat.

      Dry thermal elements include the lightweight aluminium wire elements found in the Haverland RC Wave and the ceramic stones used inside Electrorad Aeroflow radiators and Haverland Inerzia radiators. Dry thermal elements typically heat up faster than thermal fluids, making them the best choice for precision heating and fast heat-up times. Aluminium elements have the advantage of being particularly light, allowing you to mount radiators such as the RC Wave on stud or partition walls. On the other hand, ceramic stones retain heat for longer than aluminium strips, making them a good choice for heating high-ceilinged and open plan spaces.

      Thermal fluid elements are used inside our Haverland TT and Electrorad Digi-Line electric radiators. It's a common misconception that thermal fluid radiators use plumbing or pipes. The liquid element is entirely contained within the radiator body, which simply plugs into the wall like all our other electric radiators. Thermal fluids ensure an even heat distribution across the room. They also retain heat well, making them an energy efficient choice in larger rooms you use regularly.

  5. How does the RC Wave work?

    1. The RC Wave is an exceptionally efficient electric radiator which uses dry thermal technology to warm up fast and distribute heat around the room.

      The radiator is made from high grade recycled aluminium with fully enclosed aluminium elements. These aluminium elements warm both the surface of the radiator and the air inside the room, distributing heat through a combination of radiation and convection – warming you directly whilst also raising the ambient temperature of the room. Because the elements are fully enclosed there is no chance of wall blackening – which can be a problem with less advanced electric radiators. There’s also no chance that the radiators will ever leak. The aluminium elements inside the radiator are very responsive, heating up fast and cooling down quickly, making them easily controllable with the RC Wave’s thermostat and timer. Rooms warm up quickly, evenly and efficiently, reaching comfort temperatures in minutes.

  6. How much does delivery cost on Haverland SmartWave radiators?

    1. All SmartWave electric radiators are available with free next working day delivery.

  7. How does the Designer TT work?

    1. The Designer TT is an energy efficient electric radiator with a stylish design and excellent heat retention properties.

      The TT differs from the popular Haverland RC Wave by using a thermal fluid for its heating element. Thermal heating fluids take longer to heat up than dry thermal elements but they also retain heat for longer, distributing heat evenly and efficiently out into the room. The thermal fluid is fully enclosed inside the radiator body. Because the heating element is fully enclosed, the radiators will not cause wall blackening – which can be a problem with cheaper electric heaters. As the fluid heats up it warms both the surface of the radiator and the air that circulates through the radiator. Heating is provided through a comfortable balance of radiated and convected heat – warming you directly as well as raising the temperature of the air.

  8. How much do electric radiators cost to run?

    1. The running costs of your electric radiators will depend on a number of factors: the terms of your electricity tariff, the quality of your insulation, the location of your property, and the amount you use your radiators, to name a few. Whilst electricity can be more expensive than gas, most electric radiators come with sophisticated programming facilities which give you unprecedented control over your heating. Precision thermostats and programmable timers allow you to create personalised heating schedules for every room in your house, so you’ll only ever pay for heating that you need. The amount of energy you can save with precision heating control can make electric radiators cheaper to run than gas central heating – especially if you live in a busy home with lots of scope to make your energy usage smarter.

  9. Which electric heater is best for me?

    1. The electric heater that’s best for you will depend on multiple factors, from the size of the space you wish to heat, to the frequency with which you use that space. There are various types of electric heater, each using slightly different technology and excelling in different situations. The majority of us are used to gas central heating, a rigid and inflexible heating system that doesn’t take into consideration different heating requirements or allow for individual room heating. Using an electric heater, or a combination of different electric heaters, provides flexible, portable, and efficient heating.

      Electric radiators are suitable for use throughout your home and are the most efficient replacement for central heating systems – featuring highly accurate digital thermostats, advanced programming, and energy-saving options. Panel heaters are a low budget heating option – equipped with basic controls, panel heaters provide fast-acting heat for occasional or supplementary use. Panel heaters are not intended to be used all day like their more sophisticated electric radiator counterparts. Electric towel rails provide additional bathroom heating and keep your towels dry and warm – available in classic ladder styles as well as designer glass ones. Patio heaters are designed to combat the fluctuating outdoor weather – from quartz heaters to ceramic, we have a range of outdoor heaters for domestic and commercial use. A portable electric heater is the perfect go-anywhere heating system, encompassing botch commercial and domestic products from fan heaters to under-table infrared heaters.

      Whether you need to heat a workshop or a home-office, there’s an electric heater for every occasion. From compact fan heaters to fully-fledged electric radiators, you’ll find everything you need here at Electric Radiators Direct. For more information about which electric heater is best suited to your needs, our sales team can provide friendly advice and are only ever a phone call away.

  10. What size are RC Wave electric radiators?

    1. Our RC Wave electric radiators are part of our designer range: slimline and stylish with an elegant contemporary design, they are only 7.4cm deep.

      RC Wave electric radiators are available in a range of sizes with models to suit rooms both large and small. Choose from 450w, 800w, 1100w, 1400w and 1700w radiators. You can use our radiator wattage calculator to choose the best sizes for your room.