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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 it gets warm and I don’t need the heating anymore?

    1. If you’re sure you don’t need any heating, you can always switch the radiators off – safe in the knowledge that your heating programmes will be stored in the SmartWave’s battery powered memory.

      However, you should remember that even if your radiators are switched on and programmed to maintain comfort temperatures, they will only actually produce heat if your rooms are not already at the required temperature. High precision thermostats built into the body of each of your radiators monitor room temperature and will only allow the radiator to switch on if the room needs heating. Even on cooler days, the thermostat will monitor the room temperature and switch the radiator on and off to maintain the correct temperature. In well insulated rooms, this can mean your radiators are only actually using power to heat for a third of the time they are activated – so you only ever use as much power as you need to maintain your comfort temperatures.

  2. What are the benefits of outdoor heaters?

    1. Sadly, we are not blessed with predictable weather in the UK and our patio seating areas can go unused for months on end. Often the temperature is just a tad too chilly to allow us to sit outside even if the skies are relatively clear, and the slightest breeze can make a mild day feel quite brisk. An outdoor heater can help you get the most out of your garden by keeping the areas you use most warm whenever the occasion calls for it. Instead of limiting the use of outdoor areas only to the warmer months, a dedicated heat source will help you use these spaces throughout spring and autumn too.

      Outdoor heating should always be a consideration for businesses that have alfresco dining areas, such as cafés, bars and restaurants. Well-heated outdoor areas will help to maximise seating capacity and encourage more patrons to stay and enjoy a warmer environment. Heaters can be wall mounted, used free standing or even attached to the undersides of large parasols, so there are plenty of installation options available to suit every application.

  3. Do I need an infrared panel or an outdoor infrared heater?

    1. The versatility of infrared as a heating solution means that there’s a lot of overlap in its use, even if some products are designed with a specific purpose in mind. There are times when even an outdoor heater might make a good indoor heating solution, but in what situations might you choose this option over a normal infrared panel?

      Infrared panels are the products most commonly associated with use in the home. They’re stylish, slimline and come with a range of mounting options to suit every interior. Space them carefully so they cover the entire footprint of the house and they will act just like a central heating system, except with a greater level of efficiency and control. Panels can be especially beneficial in rooms that are difficult to heat – e.g. Victorian terraces with high ceilings and single glazing – because their radiant heat won’t be affected by the larger volume of space.

      If you’re heating a very spacious interior – e.g. a warehouse or workshop – you’re going to need a product that’s a bit more powerful. Ceramic heaters deliver the same comfortable heat as an infrared panel but offer a slightly higher intensity to combat lower temperatures. They may not look as stylish as panels but their heat is far-reaching and ideal for draughty spaces. It’s not just industrial interiors that can benefit from ceramic heaters; they’re also the perfect solution for areas that need to maintain a higher heat level, such as hot yoga studios. Ceramic heaters provide the optimum balance between gentle heating and far-reaching intensity, allowing them to reach the 40 °C temperatures required for this type of exercise. Their robust warmth also means you won’t need as many heaters to cover the same area as you would do with panels.

      If you’re heating an outdoor space, you can either use a ceramic heater or a glowing quartz heater. Quartz heaters are better for exposed locations because the heat they give off is even more powerful and better equipped to compensate for the chilling effects of the weather. The warmth they provide is instantaneous and you’ll be able to feel the warming effects of their shortwave radiation the moment they’re switched on. However, if you’re heating a covered outdoor space, you may want to opt for a ceramic product as they’re more efficient over time and produce a more comfortable heat better suited for use over long periods.

  4. What size electric heater do I need?

    1. The size of your room will dictate the amount of power required from any heating system to keep it comfortably warm. Once you know what kind of heating system you’re going to use, there are all sorts of tools out there to help you easily find the right sized appliances for the job. For instance, if you know you want an electric radiator, you can use our radiator calculator to quickly work out how many watts are required to keep your room at a comfortable temperature.

      If you’re not yet sure what kind of heating system you want to use, you won’t be able to use a calculator like the one above. That’s because different types of electric heater use power in different ways, so you may need more or less watts depending on what you choose. For instance, panel heaters are inherently less efficient than radiators, because they only heat by convection, with no supplementary radiated heat, so you’ll need a higher watt panel heater than you would a radiator to heat the same space. That means you can’t use the radiator calculator to help you find the right size panel heater, and the same goes for infrared panels, outdoor heaters and storage heaters.

      But don’t despair! All our products are clearly marked with a “heats up to” value, to show the maximum sized area they can heat comfortably. You can compare the maximum heats up to values of all our products in any of our categories – and if you click into an individual product, you can also find a minimum “heats up to” value, which can be helpful if you know your room is draughty, poorly insulated, high ceilinged, or otherwise difficult to heat. If you’re in any doubt, you can always give our expert sales team a call: they’ll give you all the advice you need to choose perfectly sized heaters for your space.

  5. Can I use electric radiators to heat my hallway?

    1. Rooms with a staircase can be difficult to heat because you’re effectively trying to heat two floors: the room will have twice the volume of air as a room of the same dimensions with only one floor. Because heat rises, a radiator placed at the top of the landing will do little to heat the hallway downstairs. Likewise, a radiator placed at the foot of the stairs will send most of its heat upstairs.

      The best way to achieve balanced and consistent heating across your hallway, staircase and landing is to use two electric radiators: one at the bottom of the stairs and one at the top of the landing. If in doubt, consult your electrician.

  6. What size radiators do I need?

    1. The size of the radiators you will need depends on the size of your room, the quality of its insulation and several other factors relating to your property type. You can use our simple radiator calculator to work out what total wattage you will need from your radiators to heat the room efficiently. Then all you have to do is choose a radiator or combination of radiators that adds up to the required wattage.

      You may find it more practical to choose a combination of smaller radiators rather than one large radiator because this can make it easier to make use of the available space – as well as creating a more even distribution of heat. Never-underspecify your heating: using smaller radiators than necessary will mean you may not be able to heat your room adequately, and your radiators will be overworked which will compromise their efficiency. Make sure you have enough space to fit your chosen radiators. We recommend carefully measuring your wall spaces and cross-checking with the dimensions of your intended radiators before making your purchase.

  7. How does the Inerzia work?

    1. The Haverland Inerzia is a stylish and energy-efficient radiator specifically designed for properties with high-ceilings.

      Inerzia radiators use lightweight ceramic stone elements which heat up quickly and push out heat at a high intensity, using a combination of 75% radiated and 25% convected heat. Radiated heat is much more efficient than convected heat in rooms with high ceilings because warm air rises and is wasted heating the ceiling, whilst radiated heat heats directly, providing warmth where you need it. Ceramic dry stone elements boast excellent heat retention properties, retaining heat significantly longer than normal steel radiators. The excellent heat retention properties of the Inerzia range make them very energy efficient because your radiators do not have to work hard to maintain desired temperatures. The high intensity of the heat given off by the dry stones makes the Inerzia ideal for 'hard to heat' areas such as high-ceilinged rooms, open-plan offices, stairwells, churches and listed buildings. Like the Haverland RC Wave range, the dry elements used in the Inerzia carry no risk of leaks and are fully enclosed to prevent wall blackening.

  8. What size are Designer TT radiators?

    1. Designer TT radiators have a slim contemporary design and are 10cm deep.

      The Designer TT collection includes a range of different sizes, with radiators to suit rooms both large and small. Make your choice between 500w, 750w, 1000w, 1250w and 1500w radiators. For larger rooms, the Haverland RC14V range offers an 1800w radiator which shares many features with the Designer TT.

      You can use our interactive radiator calculator to work out which sizes you need to heat your home both effectively and efficiently.

  9. Are RC Wave radiators programmable?

    1. The RC Wave is fully programmable with a 24/7 programmable timer and a highly accurate digital thermostat.

      The programmable timer allows you to set a personalised heating schedule for every day of the week, whilst the digital thermostat will maintain your set temperatures by switching the radiator off and on as the temperature rises and falls. Each radiator can be controlled separately, allowing you to “zone” the heat in your home. These control features make the RC Wave a very economical heating solution, allowing you to cut your energy usage and heating bills down to an absolute minimum.

      The RC Wave is also available with a remote control as an optional extra.

  10. How do I choose the temperature on my SmartWave radiators?

    1. When you set up your SmartWave radiators initially you will be asked to set your temperature settings and preferences. Each radiator has three heating modes: comfort, economy and anti-freeze. Anti-freeze is always set to 5 ˚C, a minimal level of heat which prevents your pipes freezing over. This is the mode to use when a room is unused or the house is empty. Comfort and economy mode can be set to the temperature of your choice. Comfort is the mode the radiator will use when your rooms are in use; economy is used when the radiator is waiting for you to return. The SmartWave will also ask you to choose whether you want the radiator to prioritise comfort or prioritise economy. If the radiator prioritises comfort it will wait for 16 hours of unexpected absence before it switches to anti-freeze. If the radiator prioritises economy it will only wait for 12 hours.

      Remember, you can set different heating priorities and temperatures for each room – another way to help you save energy. A comfort temperature of 21 ˚C is usually preferred in the living room, but you may only want a comfort temperature of 18 ˚C in your kitchen, home gym or other rooms when you’re more likely to be active. Sounds complex? Perhaps it seems so at first, but it’s all based on one simple premise: that the more control you have, the more energy you can save.