Economic Electric Heaters: Which One Is Best For You?

Herschel Inspire Glass Infrared PanelWhen looking for an electric heater that will save you money on your electricity bill, there are a number of different options to consider. Electric heaters, not to be confused with electric radiators, provide a fantastic way to heat your home. Whether you opt for slimline heaters, infrared heaters, or panel heaters, an electric heater will provide an economical way to warm any room in your house. It's a myth that all electric heaters are expensive to run and the variation between each type of electic heater means there is a diverse range of options for you to choose from. To try and pick out the best electric heater for you, we will run though some of our most efficient electric heaters...

Ecostrad Eco+ Electric Panel Radiator

Panel Heaters

Electric panel heaters heat a room using convection. They do this by heating the air that passes through the heater, which then heats the surrounding area. This may not be the most energy efficient process, but it will heat up a room incredibly quickly.

Some of our panel heaters are incredibly slimline, with the Ecostrad Eco+ being only 57mm thick. These heaters are so slim, that they can hide in the smallest of spaces and bring heat into a room almost unnoticed. The Eco+ comes with portable feet which means that this heater can be easily moved around your home or office to a space where it is needed. Panel heaters start at £169.99 are ideal for heating meeting rooms, offices, spare rooms and other areas that only see occasional use.

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Infrared Heaters

Herschel Select Infrared Heating Panel - White 350w (595 x 595mm)

Infrared heaters are an incredibly efficient electric heating system for homes. Infrared panels convert almost 100% of the electricity that they use into consumable heat, making them one of the most economical electric heaters on the market. Infrared heat is absorbed directly by solid objects and does not heat the air, so very little heat is lost. You can also save a considerable amount of money on running costs by using infrared to zone your heating. This means that you can direct heat towards busy areas without having to heat the whole building; this is especially practical in large buildings such as warehouses or churches.

The use of infrared heaters does not need to be limited to indoors as many outdoor heaters use infrared radiation to bring warmth to patio areas and gardens. If you are worried about the safety of infrared, because of terms like ‘radiation,’ then you need not worry – the heat we feel from the sun and from open fires is infrared radiation at work, so you will be far more familiar with this form of heat than you realise.

Installation of these products is also trouble free: if you are setting up your heater indoors then all you need do is plug the heater in and hang it on the wall. If you want to set up your heater in a bathroom or outside, a professional electrician can fit your heaters with minimal fuss. Our range of infrared heating panels start at £188.99, with the Herschel Select Infrared Heating Panel being our most reasonably priced model.  

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Bathroom heaters

Herschel Inspire Infrared Heating Panel - Mirror 250w (600 x 300mm)

Infrared heaters can be an excellent choice for bathroom heating, providing they are installed by a qualified electrician and have a high enough IP rating for their installation zone. You could install an infrared panel, or specialist quartz heater, in your bathroom depending on how you tend to use the space.

Infrared panels are perfect if you have a busy family bathroom that sees frequent use, or if you enjoy taking time over your morning routine. These heaters not only provide a comfortable level of heat that's ideal for regular use, but they are also exceptionally energy efficient when paired with a thermostat. They keep damp at bay by warming the walls of your bathroom and prevent moisture from settling.

It’s worth mentioning again that any electric appliance intended for bathrooms must be hardwired by a professional electrician: we don’t recommend panel heaters for bathroom use because there is the temptation to hang towels over the appliance to dry, which can obstruct ventilation on the heater and cause a hazard. If you’re unsure if your product is suitable for bathrooms, defer to the manufacturer’s guidelines. 

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Which Electric Heater is right for you?

As you can see, our economic electric heaters cater for a number of different needs: they can be placed in any room of the house and can even be used outside to heat your patio and garden. If you think you would like to know more about electric heaters, take a look at our extensive range or give one of our sales team a call.


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