If you’ve made the switch to electric heating and are wondering how to get the most out of your radiators, then you’ve come to the right place. With a variety of energy saving features now standard with all of our electric radiators, it’s important that you know exactly what each function can do and how it can make heating your home easier than ever before, so that you get the best value for your money.
Our top 10 tips for keeping costs low
If there’s something you have yet to take full advantage of in your current electric radiators or you’ve just had your first one delivered, we’re here to help with a list of tips that will guarantee to get the most out of your electric radiators.
Weekly programming is essential if you want to maximise the efficiency of your system because it allows your heating to match your daily routine. Arrange for your heating to come on in the morning and then switch off before you leave for the school run, or plan for a cosy evening when you get home from work. No matter your lifestyle, weekly programming makes your heating keep in step, and more importantly means that you’re never wasting money heating an empty house.
2. Manage heat room by room
One of the big draws of electric radiators is that they let you make separate heating routines for each room, and in fact, this is another key way to reduce running costs. Avoid wasting energy on less-frequented rooms by only heating the rooms you are using, that way you don’t have to heat the whole house if you’re only staying in your living room or bedroom for the rest of the night. This lets you save energy room by room, hour by hour, minute by minute, to slash running costs down to a minimum.
3. Keep up with the times
As we all know, the clocks change twice a year but many of us will probably neglect to think of the effect on our heating. For manual electric radiators, it’s important to remember to reset the time on them whenever the clocks turn backwards or forwards, otherwise it could throw your heating routine out of sync and waste energy keeping the house warm when it’s not needed. Electric radiators with app control will update their time automatically, for a more intuitive system.
4. Lower the thermostat
Turning down the thermostat is an age-old technique of saving energy and for good reason. By simply lowering the temperature of your heaters a couple of degrees you could save money, especially during the warmer months when you can let the sun do all the hard work. Our electric radiators have thermostats that are accurate to ±0.5 °C or better and easily maintain the perfect level of warmth in every room so you’re never overspending on your heating.
Some radiators, such as the Haverland SmartWave, come with motion detection technology. This intuitive feature is completely automatic, which is why motion-sensor radiators are ideal for rooms you may not use as often, as they will only switch on when there’s somebody in the room. This completely takes the guesswork out of heating the lesser-used areas of your home and reduces wasted energy, for a versatile and efficient system.
6. Take full advantage of WiFi control
If you know the aggravation of forgetting to turn down the thermostat before you go to work, you should definitely try WiFi control. You can manage your radiators on the go, so if you leave your heating on by accident or your routine changes at short notice, you can hop on your phone and make any changes with a swipe and tap. We highly recommend using this feature if your radiator is WiFi compatible because it can help save those pennies and gives you the peace of mind knowing your heating is always to hand.
7. Set up voice control
Like WiFi control, this feature offers that extra level of convenience so that you can make changes to your heating with only your voice. Hands-free management can help to save time as well as make it easier than ever to control your radiators. Many of our electric radiators that feature voice control can be paired with Amazon Alexa or Google Home so they will fit in perfectly with any modern home.
8. Maximise efficiency with energy use statistics
Many electric radiators that come with app control allow you to access your energy consumption statistics so you can keep tabs on the usage of every heater in your system throughout the year. See which radiators are using the most energy and then adjust settings accordingly to get the best efficiency out of your heating. With more sophisticated apps you can even add your energy tariff information for real life costing, helping you to save money.
Our electric radiators now feature open window detection and adaptive start which work automatically to help save you money and increase efficiency. But it’s important to check whether they’re actually enabled when you receive your heater! Depending on the brand, some may have these features set to ‘off’ as default, so if you want to save energy, have a quick check through your settings to make sure they’re enabled.
10. Take good care of your electric radiators
Maintenance is low with electric radiators as they do not need annual callouts or checks, however, a simple dusting every now and then will keep your radiators in tip top condition. This will ensure they continue to run at their optimum level, keeping costs low and increasing efficiency and longevity.
The key is efficiency
In today’s climate we are all looking towards a greener future which is why efficiency is one of the most important aspects of our heating systems. Purchasing electric radiators with all the above features included equals an eco-friendlier future for your home. They ensure improved efficiency, convenience and comfortable warmth which is why you will always get the best out of your electric radiators when utilised properly. So, why not take a look at our range and improve the efficiency in your home today?