In recent years, there’s been a notable shift in the perception of electric heating systems. In a world of burgeoning eco-responsibility, homes across the country are turning to electric heating to reduce their environmental impact and take advantage of the latest heating technology. Because of this, slowly but surely, the world is warming to the idea of using electricity over gas. If you’re thinking of making the switch to electric heating, there are a variety of different systems to consider – from infrared panels to towel rails, it’s time to find the best electric heating system for your home…
What is the best heating system for homes?
The unmatched versatility of electric heating means there's a variety of products to choose from, each with their own speciality. Electric radiators provide stylish, highly controllable heating for the entire home. Infrared panels provide a discreet and soothing heat source for a wide range of applications. Electric towel rails provide an independent heat source for bathrooms and electric panel heaters provide supplementary heating in less frequented rooms.
What is the most efficient heating system?
Electric heating systems are highly efficient compared to conventional plumbed heating. 100% of the electricity that’s drawn from the wall by an electric heater is converted to heat, with zero waste. Modern electric heating systems also feature intelligent 24/7 digital programmers, highly accurate digital thermostats, and energy-saving features like open-window detection and adaptive start.
The electric equivalent to conventional central heating, electric radiators are suitable for all day use throughout your home. Efficient, reliable, and highly controllable, these electric alternatives can be fitted DIY, come in wall mounted and freestanding variations, and require zero maintenance. The ultimate “use anywhere” system, electric radiators come in various wattages, sizes, shapes and styles – providing a break from the utilitarian aesthetic of gas central heating.
Electric radiators use precision digital thermostats that accurately read temperatures to within a fraction of a degree. This, together with the extensive digital programmers that come as standard on most electric radiators, enables you to be exact with your heating – reducing wasted energy and keeping your monthly bills as low as possible. Electric radiators can be programmed individually too, so you can decide to keep specific rooms at lower temperatures than others, depending on your preference. All of which makes electric radiators a versatile alternative to rigid central heating.
Our best-selling electric radiator, the Haverland RC Wave, is a great example of the benefits of this type of heating system. Slimline, stylish, and featuring a highly accurate digital thermostat, the RC Wave is the ultimate electric radiator – providing energy-efficient heating and an elegant, sophisticated design.
Electric Panel Heaters
Despite their similar appearance, electric panel heaters are not quite the same as electric radiators and there are subtle differences that set these two electric heating systems apart. While electric radiators are designed for all day use throughout your home, panel heaters are designed for occasional use as top-up heaters in spare rooms, home offices, and guest rooms.
Panel heaters provide rapid heat when you need it most and can be installed independently from your primary heating system. Most come with attachable feet too, enabling you to stand your heater up as a portable unit wherever there’s a plug socket. Many panel heaters also come with digital programmers, allowing you to create a heating schedule, and most come with a remote control, so you can make adjustments from the comfort of your chair. Perfect for off-the-cuff use, electric panel heaters are the ideal choice as a secondary electric heating system.
The Ecostrad iQ Plus, our best-selling electric panel heater, comes with 24/7 digital programming, sophisticated WiFi control, and can be used wall-mounted and freestanding.
Infrared has the potential to be the most efficient heating system for your home. Unlike other electric heating systems, which warm the surrounding air to heat a room, infrared warms objects and people directly – transferring heat in straight lines from the heater to whatever’s in front of it. Without the need to transfer heat to the surrounding air, infrared heaters are inherently more efficient than any other form of heating system, electric or plumbed.
Infrared heaters are also the least obtrusive of all electric heating systems and come in a range of different styles. Choose from a simple white panel, perfect for use in any room, or choose an elegant mirror finish panel for added style. Suitable for DIY installation, wall or ceiling positioning, and a variety of domestic and commercial spaces, infrared panels are a truly versatile and discreet electric heating system.
Emitting a soothing low-energy heat, infrared panels provide a gentle, deeply penetrating warmth that doesn’t feel artificial or harsh. Unlike electric radiators, which often come with integrated controllers and thermostats, infrared panels will need to be purchased with an additional controller to unlock their full potential. In conjunction with a controller, you can take charge of multiple panels, adjust their operating temperatures, and group them together into specific zones for quick and easy control.
The Ecostrad Accent is one of our best infrared panels. Finished in white, this streamlined electric heating system is gentle on allergies, produces no emissions whatsoever, and can be DIY installed with ease.
Electric Towel Rails
For dedicated bathroom heating, a towel rail is the perfect electric heating system. Something of a staple for the modern household, towel rails provide independent bathroom heating as well as cosy, dry towels.
Electric towel rails come in a variety of different designs, from traditional-looking chrome ladder rails to glass-fronted contemporary variants. Regardless of the aesthetics, an electric towel rail will provide plenty of heat to warm your bathroom and keep your damp towels off the floor. Some towel rails even have the same level of controllability as electric radiators, featuring 24/7 programmers that can be used to create a heating schedule.
The Ecostrad Fina-E Blue Smart Electric Towel Rail featured on the right offers sophisticated 24/7 programming, 5 different heat levels, and smart Bluetooth control.
All towel rails carry a high IP rating that protects the appliance from the ingress of water, some can operate at lower surface temperatures for households with children or vulnerable people, and there are multiple sizes to choose from. For bathroom heating, a towel rail is the obvious choice of electric heating system.
Electric Radiators Direct supply the best electric heating systems for homes. Whether you’re looking for improved energy-efficiency, something to heat a specific spot, or a heater that can be used throughout your home, we have the right electric heating product for you.