Radiators are a universal feature of our homes and most of us couldn't imagine living without their comforting warmth. But what springs to mind when you think of a plug in radiator? An outdated, unattractive, expensive way of adding additional heat to your home? Think again! Modern plug in radiators could be that stylish, efficient, permanent heating solution you are looking for!
The lack of knowledge surrounding newer, modern, electric heating methods encourages a misconception that they're an unfeasible solution for heating homes. Although plug in radiators are becoming more common, currently nearly all houses in the UK are still fitted with a central heating system to which all radiators are connected.
Central heating has long been a popular method for heating homes. The price of gas is relatively cheap compared to electricity, it’s convenient, and controlling the system is easy with one central thermostat. However, although during cold winter months in the UK you may wish to heat every room in your house, what do you do when the warmer weather arrives and you no longer have a need to do so? Central heating systems are interconnected, meaning that when you wish to heat one room, you engage the heating system in the whole of the house, which could be costing you an unnecessary fortune. Conversely, electric plug in radiators function independently from one another and the rest of your heating system, enabling full control over the temperature of your home. So, would plug in radiators be a better choice for your home?
Are plug in radiators energy-efficienct?
Plug in radiators are electric radiators that run off mains electricity and are plug into a wall socket much like any other appliance. Just like central heating, plug in radiators are designed to heat your whole house using a combination of convection and radiation.
Convection relies on air currents to transfer warm air around a room. This warm air replaces cool air that which has not yet been heated. Radiation, although a slightly intimidating term, is completely safe and a far more efficient way to heat a room as it heats people and objects directly rather than wasting energy heating the air.
Where central heating and electric radiators differ is their start-up times. While electric radiators heat up rapidly when turned on, as electricity is delivered straight to the radiator, it takes time for water to travel from the boiler to central heating radiators, meaning a longer wait time for a warm room. Energy loss from combustion in the boiler, and from heat radiated from pipes, could also be costing you money while not contributing to the heat of your house.
The best plug in radiator for you
Want to improve your home but unsure how to do so? A sleek, new electric radiator could be the perfect way to add a new feature to your home! Not only are our designer radiators attractive to look at, they are easy to install, low maintenance, quiet, and can be purchased in a variety of styles - perfect for maintaining a traditional ambiance in your home, or for exploring a new and modern aesthetic.
If your house is undergoing development, you’re renting, or you simply can't decide where to put your new radiator, don’t worry as many of our products come with optional feet. For real luxury, consider our Haverland SmartWave Self-Learning range, which learns your routine to ensure your house is perfectly cosy for when you arrive home. If your routine changes, so does the radiator’s heating schedule.
The best plug in radiator for the environment
The most common concerns when it comes to electric radiators are that, firstly, electricity is more expensive than gas, and secondly the majority of houses are set up with a central heating system. While there is some truth in this, central heating systems are more expensive to maintain, and the running costs are increasing as global oil supplies diminish. Electric radiators are 100% efficient, meaning zero waste, as all electricity input is converted to heat. Instead of heating all rooms, you have total control with the option to turn each radiator on and off individually, so you don’t have to heat that spare guest bathroom when it isn’t in use. Further accessories such as thermostats and smart energy monitors can save even more energy. In the long term, electric radiators can save you money, as well as the environment! Central heating systems require the combustion of finite fossil fuels, whereas electricity is increasingly being generated from renewable sources. For an even more positive environmental impact, consider a product manufactured from recyclable materials, such as the Haverland Designer TT Electric Radiator.
Our range of plug in radiators
Still unsure whether you could benefit from a plug in radiator? Our exclusive Haverland Designer RC Wave range has a slim, ultra-stylish design, at only 7.5cm depth, perfect for any room. This radiator can be DIY wall mounted with ease or used as a free standing, portable unit with optional feet attachments. The radiator body is 100% recyclable and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
For a more traditional stance on a modern electric radiator, explore our Ecostrad Ecowärme range. These radiators are aesthetically indistinguishable from standard central heating radiators, providing an inconspicuous and covert electric heating system. Ecowärme electric radiators they have high precision thermostats to reduce your energy costs, warming you as well as your surroundings with fast and even heat distribution.
All our electric radiators are available in a variety of sizes, so no matter the scale of your heating requirements, plug in radiators can tackle them. Our products include those suitable for heating rooms with high ceilings or conservatories, so if you are unsure which product is most suitable to your heating needs visit our buying guide or for any further queries, don't hesitate to contact our friendly sales team.