Whilst gas is currently available at cheaper rates than electricity, electric radiators can still work out cheaper to run than gas central heating or storage heaters because they are extremely energy efficient and offer precision heating control.
Electric radiators set themselves apart from competing heating systems by allowing you to control the heating in each room of your house separately. This gives you infinite scope to fine-tune your heating. With in-depth programming available on all of our radiators you can set up a heating schedule for each room precisely adapted for the needs of your lifestyle. Only use the living room between 5pm and midnight? Set your radiator to come on at 4:30. Prefer your bedroom a little warmer than the rest of the house? Set a higher comfort temperature. Don’t need heat in your spare room right now? Switch it to the anti-freeze only setting. Self-learning electric radiators make this even easier by learning your lifestyle and adapting a heating programme for you. With an unparalleled level of control that’s simply impossible with clunkier gas central heating systems, electric radiators gives you endless scope to slim down your heating bills.
The busier your lifestyle, the more energy you have to save – and the more likely it is that you can save money on your heating bills with electric radiators.
Haverland SmartWave Self Learning Electric Radiators use built in infrared sensors to learn your weekly routine and adapt a heating programme that warms the room when you’re there and saves energy when you’re away. The first of its kind available in the UK, the SmartWave sets a new bar for electric heating control and efficiency.
Haverland SmartWave Electric Radiators have three operating modes: self-learning, sensor and manual. The three modes, along with Wifi controllability available when you purchase your SmartWaves with a Wifi SmartBox, give you total freedom to choose how you control your SmartWave radiators.
Electric towel rails for bathroom installation must be fitted by a certified electrician and are not designed as DIY products. Bathroom heating appliances must be hardwired into a fused spur to ensure safe operation. If installing in Zone 1 or Zone 2 in a bathroom, your towel rails must carry an IP rating of at least IPX4.
Although electric towel rails cannot be installed as a DIY task, fitting a towel rail is an easy job for a qualified electrician which comes with none of the mess and expense of installing central heating. This makes electric towel rails an excellent retro fitting option in period properties and family homes.
To heat your room effectively you will need to choose radiators with a high enough wattage to efficiently heat the space. To calculate the wattage required to heat your space you can use our interactive radiator calculator, which will calculate the required wattage based on the dimensions of your room and your property type.
You will then need to choose a radiator or combination of radiators which add up to the required wattage. If your wattage calculation is on the borderline between two sizes we always recommend choosing the larger radiator. Under-specifying your heating will either leave you cold or will overwork your radiators, wasting energy and shortening their lifespans. Larger radiators will simply spend less time switched on, saving you money whilst maintaining comfortable temperatures.
Please be aware that the radiator calculator is for guidance only. We cannot guarantee that the recommended wattages will heat your home effectively. If in doubt, seek the advice of a qualified electrician.
No. You should only install your bathroom radiators yourself if you are a qualified electrician. To comply with European Council electrical safety directives, all electrical appliances fitted in bathrooms must be installed by a certified professional.
You can use an electric radiator in your bathroom provided you choose a model with an IP Rating suitable for the bathroom zone in which it will be installed. View our full guide to IP ratings and bathroom zones here.
We only advise using electric radiators in Zone 3 of your bathroom. In most bathrooms, electric towel rails provide a more practical option because they can be installed in bathroom Zone 2. They also make a better use of the space, giving you somewhere to hang your towels while keeping the room toasty warm.
All electric radiators and towel rails for bathroom installation must be installed by a professional electrician.
Our electric radiators use fast-acting heat elements to warm rooms with a mixture of radiated and convected heat – working in just the same way as central heating radiators.
However, electric radiators offer several advantages over gas central heating. Firstly, electric radiators are much cheaper to install than gas central heating; they are also more reliable and require barely any maintenance – you’ll never have to bleed a radiator again! But more fundamentally, electric radiators offer much more scope to increase the energy efficiency of your heating because they can take advantage of more and more sophisticated electronic heating control technology. Unlike gas central heating, which is typically controlled by a single, central thermostat, electric radiators work individually, with each radiator equipped with its own thermostat and programmable timer. This immediately gives electric radiators an advantage because they do not waste energy, as central heating systems do, with an unrepresentative thermostat and lost heat radiating from pipes. 100% of the electricity used by electric radiators is turned into heat.
The sophistication of the radiators’ electronic control systems then determine how much energy you can save. At Electric Radiators Direct all our radiators boast in-depth digital programmers that allow you to set heating schedules that reflect your lifestyle for each room in your house, ensuring you’re only using energy when you need heat. At the most sophisticated end of our range you’ll even find self-learning radiators equipped with motion detectors which can learn your weekly routine and adapt a heating programme to suit, providing you with maximum savings for minimum effort. The high precision controls unique to electric radiators allow them to compensate for the higher price of electricity, and often they will cost less to run.
The best place to fit your radiators is a matter of much discussion in the home improvement world. Some people believe it is better to place radiators beneath windows, because this counters the effect of down-draughts from cold window panes and frees up wall space elsewhere in the room. However, other people argue that placing radiators beneath draughty windows wastes energy because the warm air produced by the radiator is immediately chilled by the window pane.
In practice, the best place to fit your radiators is usually wherever makes you feel most comfortable. If you have the right size and number of radiators, your radiators should keep the room warm no matter where they’re placed – but you might be more conscious of window draughts if your favourite chair is near a window with no radiator, for example. There are only two, fairly common-sense rules that you should always follow when placing your electric radiators:
• Do not place your radiators behind obstructions such as sofas, tables or long curtains. The radiators will not be able to radiate heat into the room if their surfaces are covered.
• If you’re heating a larger room that requires more than one radiator, try and space your radiators evenly along the walls. This will ensure an even distribution of heat.
Electric radiators boast some of the fastest heat-up times on the market. Unlike storage heaters, which must be charged up overnight, and unlike central heating radiators, which must wait for water to be heated and sent upstairs through the pipes, electric radiators start heating up from the moment they are switched on. Electric radiators with aluminium heating elements, such as the Haverland RC Wave, offer the fastest heat up times and make great heating solutions for bedrooms where you may want fast-acting heating on demand if you decide to go to bed early on a chilly night.
All of our electric radiators are suitable for DIY installation: they simply screw to the wall and plug into a normal 13amp socket. We provide a fitting template and all the necessary fixtures – it couldn’t be easier.
If you prefer a more discrete fitting, or you’re fitting a radiator or towel rail in the bathroom, the heaters can be installed quickly and easily by a qualified electrician. This is cheaper, faster and much less invasive than the extensive plumbing work required to fit central heating.
The ease and economy of installing electric radiators and towel rails make them a great retro-fitting choice for period properties and family homes.
Rooms with high ceilings can be difficult to heat because they hold a much higher volume of air: this means it takes more power to raise the ambient temperature of the air.
Our Haverland Inerzia radiators are specifically designed for rooms with high-ceilings. Instead of using a thermal fluid or solid state aluminium elements, the Inerzia range heats using lightweight ceramic stones. These stones boast excellent heat retention properties and throw out heat at a higher intensity than other heating elements, packing more power into the radiator’s compact body and providing the oomph needed to fill the entire room with warm air.
The Inerzia is an excellent choice for Victorian terraces, open-plan living areas, high-ceilinged offices, stairwells, hallways and community halls.
Gas central heating is one of the most popular heating systems in the country, used in the majority of homes across the UK. However, in the last few decades electric heating technology has developed at such a rate that energy efficient electric radiators now offer an economical alternative. Innovative new thermal elements, fast and effective electrical components and state-of-the-art heating control features allow you to trim down your energy usage like never before – giving you the potential to significantly reduce your heating costs. Here are a few advantages electric radiators offer over gas central heating:
No System Losses
Gas central heating systems waste energy through the pipe system. As hot water makes its journey through the house towards the radiators, heat will radiate out from the pipes, needlessly heating the walls – a red flag for inefficiency. Another drawback with a piped heating system is that the entire system must be activated to use a single radiator – so you’ll be sending heat through the whole house even if you just want to heat your bedroom.
Not so with electric radiators. With a short cable in place of the gas central heating pipe system, the radiators engage as soon as they are switched on, with no heat loss between the power source and the heat output.
Gas central heating systems normally use a universal thermostat fitted in a central location. The problem with this is that the central thermostat will provide an unrepresentative temperature reading for the rest of the house. Temperatures will naturally vary across your home – it will always be harder to heat a draughty high-ceilinged living room than it will be to heat a well-insulated kitchen where you’re busy cooking. If you have a thermostat set to 20˚C in your living room, your gas central heating will work to heat the whole house whenever the temperature drops in this room – regardless of the temperature in other rooms. In the kitchen, it may already be 22˚C – so by engaging the heating system your thermostat is overheating the room and wasting energy and money.
Each of our electric radiators includes a high precision thermostat built in to the body of the radiator. These thermostats provide accurate temperature readings for each room and will control each room separately – so the radiators in a draughty sitting room might be switching on whilst the radiators in the next door kitchen are switching off to maintain comfortable levels of heat. The high precision thermostats, accurate to half a degree, minimise the degree to which the heat can fluctuate – preventing the radiators working hard to top up the heating after significant drops in temperature.
Heat Zoning & Programming
Most gas central heating systems can be pre-programmed to a heating schedule which suits your lifestyle. However, you cannot control different rooms separately. This limits the energy you can save. Gas central heating systems allow you to save money by switching the heating off in the day when you’re at work and activating it just before you return. However, once you return your gas central heating system will be heating the whole house again – wasting energy heating bedrooms when perhaps you stay downstairs for the majority of the evening. Unless you physically switch off the upstairs radiators a gas central heating will always waste energy in this way.
When you use electric radiators, their sophisticated digital programmers allow you to set up a heating programme tailored to your individual lifestyle which controls the heat across the different rooms in your house. You can programme the radiators in your bedroom to wait until 10pm to switch on, programme your bathroom radiators to switch on first thing in the morning and in mid-evening, and programme the radiators in that spare room to operate at an anti-freeze level. You can even control your radiators from your favourite chair with a programming remote control. This gives you endless scope to reduce your energy consumption and cut down your heating bills.
No Maintenance & Cheap Installation
Installing a gas central heating system is a big job. It can take several weeks for a professional plumber to fit new pipes and radiators, a messy job which involves lifted floor boards, damage to walls and sometimes several weeks with limited hot water and heating. To make it worse, at the end of the process you’ll find a hefty plumber’s bill waiting for you. Then, because gas central heating systems burn fuel within your home, there is always a risk of carbon monoxide production – so you’ll need to organise and pay for a visit from the gasman each year.
Meanwhile, electric radiators are not powered by combustion within the home so they require no maintenance. All of our electric radiators are suitable for DIY installation, a quick and easy process that only takes 10 minutes – so you can refit your whole home within a morning. Even if you prefer a hardwired installation, or you want to put an electric radiator in a bathroom, getting an electrician to install your radiators is still a very quick job with nothing like the costs of installing gas central heating.
Cheaper for you?
While gas is usually available more cheaply than electricity, the losses made from the inherent inefficiencies of central heating and the costs involved in installation and maintenance quickly accumulate. For many people, this can mean gas central heating works out more expensive than electric heating. The cost of gas, a fossil fuel, is also likely to increase as limited supplies become scarcer.
In many cases, the savings made possible with energy efficient electric heating technology, state-of-the-art energy management systems, DIY installation and maintenance-free care can make our electric radiators a cheaper way to heat your home than gas central heating systems. If you don’t want or need to replace your whole home heating system, replacing individual heaters with electric radiators is a great way to make your home heating more controllable at low cost. This is ideal in bathrooms, bedrooms, conservatories and home offices where you may want heat at very different times to the rest of the house. Check your energy tariff or speak to our expert advisors to find out if electric radiators could be an economical alternative for you.
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 both our Cointra Apolo and our Haverland TT 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.
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.
Panel heaters are low cost home heaters which heat purely by convection. Panel heaters heat rooms by warming the air. Hot elements in the panel body heat the air as it circulates around the room, keeping the room’s occupants warm by surrounding them with heated air. Because the elements which heat the air are unenclosed, the heaters are cheaper and easier to manufacture than electric radiators. Whilst convection heaters can be a fast and effective source of heat, they also come with three significant disadvantages which you should consider before choosing this cheaper option:
Panel heaters are less efficient than electric radiators because convected heat is inherently less efficient than radiated heat. This means that you’ll need to use more power to heat your room with panel heaters than you would with energy efficient electric radiators. This will mean that, if you use panel heaters regularly, the increase in your heating bills will quickly eclipse the savings made with your initial purchase.
Panel heaters are not suitable for constant use because the unenclosed elements which make panel heaters cheap to manufacture can burn dust particles carried in the air. Over time this can cause wall blackening and damage to paintwork. Circulating dust particles can also agitate allergies. This is a disadvantage common to all convection heaters – no matter what the brand, price or style.
Panel heaters are less durable than electric radiators because they have to work much harder to heat home spaces. This can give them significantly shorter lifespans than energy efficient radiators. The lifespans of panel heaters often suffer from cheaper manufacturing designed to satisfy a demand for low priced heaters.
So, is it ever appropriate to use a panel heater instead of an electric radiator?
There’s no question that energy efficient electric radiators are superior to electric panel heaters – and certainly a more economical choice for principal home heating. However, we do think there is an important place in the market for electric panel heaters. We know that kitting out an entire house with electric radiators is an expense which can quickly add up. Cheaper panel heaters give you a low cost option which still allows you to effectively heat less visited spaces such as your study, spare bedroom or conservatory. They also make effective top-up heaters for use alongside night storage heaters or slow-to-heat-up underfloor heating systems. Used infrequently, panel heaters should not wear out quickly and the running costs will not make a significant impact on your monthly bills.
That’s why we sell our Haverland Lodel Electric Panel Radiators. The Lodel combines the economy of panel heaters with the contemporary styling and extensive programming facilities of designer electric radiators, allowing you to control the heating in your spare rooms as effectively as the heating in the rest of your house.
Electric radiators offer a very safe and reliable heating solution.
With no boiler or any other internal combustion element there’s absolutely no risk of carbon monoxide production, so your electric heating system won’t need a regular service.
With no pipes or water in your radiators there’s no risk of leaks and you’ll never have to bleed a radiator again.
All our electric radiators conform to the electrical safety regulations set by the European Council. Check individual products for details. They are also fitted with thermal safety limiters which prevent overheating by cutting power to the radiator if the temperature rises above the set limit.
Absolutely. If you are struggling to heat your home with old-fashioned storage heaters, electric radiators provide the perfect alternative.
Unlike storage heaters, electric radiators are completely controllable. They do not need to be charged up the night before as storage heaters do, so you will not have to guess what your heating needs will be the following day. This means you’ll never be caught short without heating on a cold day again – and you won’t be wasting energy by heating unnecessarily on a warm day.
The controllability of electric radiators makes them much more efficient than storage heaters. Storage heaters release heat at a low level from the moment they begin charging – when you may not want or need it. Electric radiators are equipped with thermostats and programmable timers that allow you to set different heating schedules in each room of your house – so you’re only heating when and where you need it.
If you make the switch from storage heaters to electric radiators you will need to switch from your Economy tariff to a standard electricity tariff. Standard electricity tariff rates are more expensive than the night time rate offered by Economy 7, but standard tariffs are also significantly cheaper than the Economy daytime rate. Whilst you will be using more expensive electricity to run your radiators, you’ll use so much less of it that in almost all cases you will still save money on your heating bills. And you’ll no longer have to worry about using electric appliances during the day – they’ll no longer be charged at the inflated daytime rate offered with Economy tariffs.
Alongside these benefits, electric radiators are also slimmer, more stylish and they won’t cause wall blackening – as some storage heaters do. They are also gentler on allergies, because they do not rely solely on convection to heat. Easy to install, all you have to do to switch from storage heaters to electric radiators is remove the storage heaters and plug your radiators into the sockets they used. Whilst our electric radiators are suitable for DIY installation, we recommend having your storage heaters removed by a professional electrician.
Marsan Industrial, owner of Haverland, were formed back in 1971. It is still owned by the same family today and now boasts a production facility of 7,000m² where they produce more than 300,000 different units annually. Their range of products are sold in over 30 countries throughout the world.
Haverland’s comprehensive range of modern electric heating solutions has been tried and tested throughout Europe, Scandinavia, North and South America, Russia and East Asia, including China and Japan.
Haverland’s technological innovation and manufacturing quality is widely respected around the world by consultants, contractors and private customers alike. Their electrical heating expertise covers a wide cross-section of applications: including shops, offices, listed properties, public buildings, hotels, social housing and many more domestic, commercial and industrial settings.
We are proud to be the UK's sole distributor of the Haverland RC Wave range, Haverland’s most advanced electric radiator yet. You won't find this top-quality heating product anywhere else!
Electric radiators are carbon neutral at point of use. This means that they do not produce carbon dioxide or other pollutants. When used with green electricity generated from sustainable energy sources, they offer one of the few entirely carbon free heating systems on the planet.
Of course, if you’re using mains electricity to power your radiators you may well be using electricity generated by fossil fuel burning power stations. If this is the case, any form of electric heating that you use cannot truly be classed as carbon-free.
However, as the energy sector makes further shifts towards renewable energy we may well reach the point where all electricity supplied through the mains will be carbon free – and at that point electric radiators will offer a truly eco-friendly heating option.
Many of our electric radiators are manufactured from recycled steel and aluminium. These radiators are also 100% recyclable – so when your radiators reach the end of their life, they won’t have to languish in landfill.
The RC Wave is the best-selling electric radiator here at Electric Radiators Direct. However, Haverland are prolific electric heating manufacturers who produce a wide range of electric radiators designed for homes of all sizes operating on budgets both large and small. As such, when you browse our site you will find radiators that look very much like the RC Wave available for lower prices. Most noticeably the Haverland RCA and RCE radiator ranges are commonly sold for up to £25 less than the RC Wave. So why should you choose the Haverland RC Wave?
Although the RCA and RCE ranges of Haverland electric radiators look very similar to the RC Wave, and share some similar features, there are major differences between the radiators which make the Haverland RC Wave the most economical heating solution in most situations.
Haverland RCA electric radiators look similar to the RC Wave but are bulkier, heavier and less slimline. Most critically, they do not include programming controls – so unless you want to switch on your radiators by hand every time you want the heating to come on, you will need to purchase a separate controller. We only recommend choosing an RCA radiator if you have in mind a particular heating programmer, timer or thermostat that you want to use with your radiators.
Likewise, Haverland RCE electric radiators are also heavier and bulkier than the RC Wave. However the most significant difference between these two products is that the RCE does not come with a plug. This means you will have to pay to have the radiators installed by a qualified electrician. The RCE is usually only an economical choice if you want to have your radiators hardwired into the wall – a good budget option for contractors.