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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. Are German electric radiators energy-efficient?

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    1. Our range of German electric radiators come equipped with a range of energy-saving features designed to slim down your monthly energy bills and minimise waste. Whether that’s by creating a detailed heating schedule, using adaptive start or open window detection, or through their precision digital thermostats – our range of German electric radiators are ideal for the energy-conscious individual.

  2. Who are Osily?

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    1. Osily are a French manufacturer specialising in all forms of electric heating, from large commercial and industrial solutions, to small domestic portable heaters. An established brand within the European market, Osily is known for its excellent development facility, which is reflected in the quality of their products. The Osily electric heaters we offer are designed to be convenient and easy to use so you can enjoy a portable heat source wherever you go.

  3. Should I choose a convector heater or an oil filled radiator?

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    1. Both convector heaters and oil-filled radiators have their plus points but in general it’s easier to base your choice on whether you want your portable heater for quick heat or for lasting warmth.

      Convector heaters use exposed, lightweight aluminium elements to rapidly heat the surrounding air and create a convection current in your room. They’re very quick to bring rooms up to temperature but they’re costlier to run if used regularly. This is because their convected heat is more easily lost through draughts, so if you’re frequently coming and going from your rooms, any accumulated warmth will dissipate, leaving your heater to work all the harder to compensate.

      Oil-filled radiators are slower to warm up because of their thermal liquid element, but once they get to temperature, they retain their warmth for much longer. This makes them more energy-efficient to run, however, their longer cool-down time makes them less responsive if you suddenly find your room too hot.

      Convector heaters are more convenient if you intend to use your portable heater infrequently and for short periods of time, whereas you’ll find an electric oil-filled radiator more efficient if you use your portable heater regularly.

  4. How light are Osily electric heaters?

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    1. The lightest heaters in our Osily range are the OSCH2 convector heaters which weigh just under 2.7kg and can be moved with little effort. Our lightest Osily portable electric radiator weighs a little over 7.3kg, though they are supplied with castors to reduce the need for lifting.

  5. What energy-saving features does my electric radiator need?

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    1. Many energy-saving features now come as standard in fixed electric radiators, with 24/7 digital programming, adaptive start and open window detection being the most common.

      Weekly programming is an essential energy saving feature as it allows you to set your radiator to specific temperatures on an hour-by-hour basis for every day of the week. Once programmed, you can set your radiator to run automatically, knowing that it will never overheat your space and waste energy. It’s not just about slimming down running costs though: digital programming also ensures your own comfort by making spaces the right temperature the moment you come to use them.

      Adaptive start works alongside your programming by predicting when to start heating to make sure your room is at the right temperature at the right time. Rather than using full power to bring your room up to a comfortable heat level, adaptive start engages your heater ahead of time, using minimal energy to slowly build up your room temperature, saving energy in the process.

      Open window detection cuts power to the heater whenever a sharp drop in temperature is detected because of an open door or window. This prevents the heater from wasting energy as it tries to warm a space that’s quickly losing heat.

      Any fixed electric radiator manufactured in 2018 over 250w must have at least 24/7 digital programming and offer either adaptive start or open window detection as per Lot 20 regulations.

  6. Which of your bestselling electric radiators is best for homes on a budget?

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    1. For home heating on a budget, we recommend our Haverland RC Wave electric radiator. Our RC Wave electric radiators come with full weekly programming and a precision thermostat accurate to 0.2 °C, giving you total control over your energy usage and ensuring running costs are kept to a minimum. Prices start at £199.99, and as we’re the sole UK retailer of the RC Wave, you won’t find a better deal anywhere else.

  7. Should I choose an oil-filled electric radiator or an oil-free electric radiator?

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    1. Oil-filled and oil-free electric radiators usually come with identical controllability and energy-saving features so why should you choose one over the other? Though both are excellent choices, you may still prefer one over the other because of the different heating methods they utilise.

      Oil-filled electric radiators are slower to heat up because they need to warm the entire mass of the thermal fluid inside the housing. However, this oil is excellent at retaining heat, and you’ll find that even once your radiator has stopped drawing power from the wall, it remains warm for much longer, meaning it needs less energy to top up temperatures. The thermal fluid makes these radiators heavier and their longer heat retention means they’re less responsive if you suddenly find you’re too warm, however, they more than make up for this by being very energy efficient.

      Dry thermal or oil-free electric radiators are lightweight and easy to move, making them versatile enough for both fixed and portable heating. By not needing to heat up a large mass of thermal oil, dry thermal electric radiators are much more responsive, so if you suddenly find the room’s too warm, you can quickly and easily adjust temperatures to suit. The only downside to dry thermal radiators is that they’re a little less efficient as they don’t retain heat as long as oil-filled models. This shouldn’t put you off though – what they lack in heat retention merely means you’re given more freedom to react quickly to outdoor changes in temperature.

  8. Do I need a WiFi controlled electric radiator?

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    1. WiFi controls are becoming ever more popular because they offer convenient remote control over your home heating system. With WiFi controlled electric radiators, such as our Haverland SmartWave, you can adjust your programming from anywhere in the world using a smart device. This means you can tweak your settings on the go, whenever and wherever you like. Going to be late home? Delay your programming by a couple of hours to save energy. Forgot to switch your heaters to anti-frost before going on holiday? Just adjust your settings when you arrive at your destination. If you don’t have a compatible device or internet access at home, you won’t be able to use the WiFi feature that some radiators offer. But don’t worry, modern electric radiators come with full 24/7 programming, which will still give you comprehensive control over your energy usage.

  9. Do I need a controllable towel rail?

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    1. Controllers, whether integrated into the product or purchased separately, are a great way of minimising energy usage when using your towel rail. Standard manual models are wired in to have a simple on/off control, which may be fine for occasional use, however it’s very easy to forget to switch them back off again when they’re no longer needed! Unless you’re vigilant, this can lead to a lot of wasted energy. Thermostatic controls allow you to adjust the surface temperature of your towel rail, minimising running costs during warmer weather, and also include timer functions so you can set your heater to warm for a limited amount of time. Digital programmers go a step further and allow you to create a heating schedule for your towel rail daily and weekly. You can set it to run for very specific time intervals and to set temperatures for greater control over your energy consumption. We highly recommend purchasing a towel rail with a thermostat, but if your budget allows, one with a digital programmer may be more beneficial if you use yours for room heating.

  10. Should I buy a towel rail with programming or a towel rail with thermostat?

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    1. Towel rails with thermostats offer a basic but highly accessible level of control over your bathroom heating. With a thermostat, you can incrementally increase the surface temperature of your towel rail, and even access a timer function which will set your towel rail to run for a limited amount of time before switching off automatically. For many of us, this amount of control is enough, especially if we tend to use our towel rails infrequently or seasonally.

      A digital programmer can be much more convenient if you use your towel rail for room heating as well as towel drying. Programmers allow you to create a full weekly heating schedule for your towel rail so it will switch on to set times and temperatures dictated by you, ensuring your bathroom is always kept comfortably warm.