The term, ‘designer’ seems to be used frequently when talking about clothing brands, art, architecture and even music. However, what does designer electrical heating actually mean? Here at Electrical Radiators Direct, we believe designer heating encompasses three main elements - aesthetics, smart intuitive features and ‘eco’ compatibility. Today, the heating industry is trying to cater for our varied interior designer needs with a plethora of different aesthetics and features. Perhaps more so than others, the electrical heating market is, ‘pushing the boat out’, as far as contemporary and exciting new model design goes. Unlike gas central heating, the design of electric heaters is not inhibited by a pipe system or thermostatic radiator valves. Designer electric radiator brands such as Haverland have developed a diverse range of slimline electric radiators which, as well as having a high level of performance efficiency, can create a contemporary feel in any space.
Most people may not associate heating with style or interior design - heating is a home utility that’s sole purpose is to keep you warm. Yet, ever since the development of early radiators, their aesthetic has been important. Both in the past and now, interior design has remained significant as humans inherently enjoy being in a nice, pleasant environment. This is especially relevant when it comes to where someone is living. People don’t want to come home from work and be greeted by an unpleasant environment filled with ugly or depressing things. Thus for many people, everything contained in the interior of their home is significant. Subsequently, the design and look of a radiator goes much deeper than simply, is it fulfilling its primary purpose of heating? In short, aesthetics matter to people. So, for many people it is important that their heating systems also look good.
Gas centrally heated radiators can often look industrial and utilitarian – not very pleasing to the eye. However, designer electric radiators such as the Haverland Designer RC Wave, fit seamlessly and stylishly into any home interior. As well as featuring a digital thermostat, the RC Wave’s slimline design, at only 7.5 centimetres deep, makes it an attractive and discreet home fitting. The RC Wave also has the option of being wall mounted, which, due to its width, will fit comfortably in the narrowest of spaces. Thus, in a modern space, the RC Wave will suit the interior aesthetic much more than a traditional gas radiator.
Having something personally designed and specific to you is extremely desirable. In this day and age, various different things are becoming more and more individual and bespoke, partly because of technology. The electric heating industry is no exception. Modern day life can be hectic, so having something save you time and effort is welcomed. Most people have some sort of routine which means that they leave the house and have no need for heating through some hours of the day. This is where it is useful to have a designer electric radiator with smart features that can be programmed around your life. Designer radiators offer a host of options in order to set up a personal heating schedule. This includes digital thermostats, various different heat modes or settings, and easy to use remotes and interfaces.
The Haverland Smart Wave Self-Learning Radiator, is the technological cousin of the Haverland Designer RC Wave. The Smart Wave can save time and money. Using its ‘self-learning’ technology and infrared sensor, the Smart Wave will automatically programme a heating schedule based on your routine. This means that, 30 minutes before you normally enter the room, the radiator will heat up in readiness – and when you’re out of the house, the radiator will switch off. Thus, there is no wastage when you’re away. The Smart Wave also comes equipped with a highly precise, easy to use digital thermostat. These two features can be fully utilized using the Smart Box which allows you to edit all aspects of your heating routine using WiFi and a mobile device. The Smart Wave is therefore ideal for making the ultimate bespoke heating system.
One of the key focuses behind the design of modern heating systems is efficiency and eco-friendliness. Unlike central heating radiators, electric heaters are 100% efficient. Eco electric radiators convert 100% of their electricity input into heat output, whereas in a centrally heated system, heat is lost during combustion in the boiler and from heat radiation through the pipes. Designer radiators also offer intelligent thermostats, that maximise efficiency and minimise wastage through precision temperature control, and the facility to allow the user to set up a heating routine. Many designer radiators also demonstrate environmental awareness through the materials that they are made from. For example, both the Haverland Smart Wave and the Haverland RC Wave are made from 100% recyclable aluminium.
Fundamentally, electric designer radiators are better for the environment as they run on electricity as opposed to gas. Gas is a fossil fuel, becoming a scarcer resource as time goes on and consumption continues to increase. As well as this, in a centrally heated system, gas is combusted to heat water which creates carbon dioxide and thus greenhouse emissions. However, electrical heating offers an environmentally friendly solution. These days, electricity can be created using a number of renewable means such as wind farms, hydro-electrical plants and solar panels. When coupled with eco electric heaters and a renewable energy source, such as domestic solar panels, electric designer heaters become a viable and sustainable means of home heating.
One of the most efficient and subsequently eco-friendly designer electric heaters would be infrared panels. Unlike other forms of heating such as panel heaters or radiators, infrared panels use purely infrared radiation meaning they heat objects directly in contrast to relying on convection which is less efficient. Thus, infrared panels use less energy in the first place, making them more cost effective and environmentally friendly. Another excellent aspect of infrared panels would be the way in which they use a wide range of materials, including fully reflective electric infrared mirrors such as the Hershel Inspire. Offering designer aesthetics and impressive heating functionality, the Inspire would be perfect for any part of the house, including the humid conditions of a bathroom.
If you’re interested in any of the designer products mentioned in this blog, or just want a bit more information about designer electric heating, give one of our trusted advisors a call today. They’ll give you all the information you need and can even offer you a free, expert quote.