Heating Garden Rooms – Why Electric Is The Best Solution

Garden rooms have a variety of uses – social hotspots, garden offices and even gym areas, to name just a few. However, these close-to-home getaways often fall victim to the unpredictable British weather, making them chilly and uninviting. With electric heating, however, there’s no reason why you can’t maintain a warm garden room all year round. Offering a range of energy-saving features, electric heating is the perfect solution for those hard-to-heat spaces, whatever the weather. So, let’s take a look at some of the best ways to heat a garden room.

What makes electric heating ideal for garden rooms?

Electric heating encompasses a wide variety of appliances, from electric radiators to infrared heaters – both of which are ideal for garden rooms for a number of reasons, including:

  • No plumbing: if you have access to electricity in your garden, you won’t need to extend your plumbing to heat your garden rooms – cutting out unnecessary expense and hassle.
  • Easy installation: many electric heaters are DIY-friendly and can be wall mounted or freestanding, so you can enjoy your garden room in no time at all. Some electric heaters may require hardwiring by a qualified electrician, but this is a quick and easy job for a pro.
  • Efficiency: electric heaters are 100% efficient at point of use because they take every watt of energy from the wall and convert it into usable heat, so no energy is wasted. This is excellent for saving energy and reducing running costs when heating your garden room.
  • Long-lasting warmth: electric radiators and infrared heaters both provide heat through some level of gentle radiant warmth. This means, instead of simply heating the air, they warm surfaces and people directly, so there’s less chance of heat being lost due to an open window – making them great for draft-prone spaces, such as summerhouses and garages.
  • Variety of designs: available in a range of designs and sizes, there’s something to suit every type of décor. For example, you might opt for a contemporary, slimline infrared heating panel for your modern garden studio, whilst an electric radiator with a classic white finish would be perfect for your granny-annexe.

What are the best heaters for garden rooms?

Infrared Heaters

Infrared heaters work by producing radiant heat that travels in a wave without needing air to transfer warmth. In short, they provide a deeper level of heat that warms people and objects directly, rather than the surrounding air, so there’s less chance of heat being blown away by draughts. This type of heat is perfect for poorly insulated spaces, as warmth won’t be lost easily, providing a more effective and reliable heating solution for your garden room.

If you’re looking for a discreet design that fits nicely into small, compact areas, like a renovated shed, infrared heaters are an ideal choice. Many are available with no glare and can be integrated seamlessly into any space, matching your interior design scheme perfectly. With wall or ceiling mounting options, heaters like the Ecostrad Thermostrip can also be easily positioned to best suit the layout of your room, e.g., angled on your ceiling so it directly warms your sofa area. Ultimately, a heater like the Thermostrip is perfect for large, lofty interiors, where it will provide gentle but effective warmth for long periods of time.

Best Suited For: Hard-to-heat areas that are particularly draught-prone or poorly insulated. Examples of these types of garden rooms could be workshops, barn conversions or gym areas.

Electric Radiators

Electric radiators are another effective and efficient way to heat your garden room. Like infrared heaters, they use radiation to supply warmth, but they typically only deliver 1/3 radiant heat – the rest is produced through convection, which quickly heats the surrounding air to provide on-demand warmth. This means you get the best of both worlds - deep, lasting warmth that is also fast-acting.  

Incredibly versatile, electric radiators can be freestanding or wall mounted, depending on your preference, which offers more flexibility when it comes to using them in different spaces. A freestanding radiator, for example, provides portability over your heating, so it can be used in your garden office during the day and then moved into your home for the evening. Some electric radiators like the Ecostrad iQ Ceramic, can even be purchased with optional feet, which is ideal for times when you want to relocate your heater.

Best Suited For: Well-insulated rooms that you spend a lot of time in, like your garden office, renovated log cabin or conservatory.  

Smart control for garden rooms

For easy and convenient control over garden room heating, some electric heaters are available with smart programming capabilities. This means, whether through a smartphone, tablet or computer, you can adjust your heating using a handy app. A smart electric heater with WiFi connectivity, like the Haverland SmartWave or Herschel Select Under Desk Heater, gives you access to a range of energy-saving features, as well as the ability to control your heating from a distance. So, if you want to make sure your shed or workshop is the perfect temperature for your evening DIY tasks, you can simply switch the heating on through an app on your phone, even when you’re on the train home. With smart control, you can also create custom heating schedules, check your energy usage and use automatic functions like voice control, eliminating the need for manual adjustment. So, if you want to take your garden heating to the next level, why not opt for an electric radiator that offers intuitive, energy-saving smart control.

Enjoy effective garden room warmth with our electric heaters

Whichever type of electric heater you opt for, we have a range of versatile, eco-efficient options that will suit most garden properties. From designer to smart, our electric radiators are highly controllable, making heat management easy and effective. We also offer stylish, fully programmable infrared heaters that provide on-demand warmth for those hard-to-heat areas. When it comes to garden room heating, electric is the way forward.