Electric heating comes in many forms, whether it’s programmable electric radiators, economical storage heaters, or modern infrared panels. It’s indisputably one of the best means of home heating, offering something for just about everyone, but it’s also managed to corner a specific market with a degree of success no other system has managed to replicate: portability. Electric heaters are the kings of convenience, offering unparalleled ease of use whenever we need quick top-up warmth, and though they’re not designed for primary heating, you’ll still find plenty of variation in these simple little appliances. We’re taking a look at two of the most popular portable heaters on the market, electric radiators and convector heaters, to weigh up which is the best fit for your space.
When to Choose an Electric Radiator…
Electric radiators are increasing in popularity up and down the UK. They can be fitted throughout the home and make a great primary heating source because they offer effective and long-lasting warmth compared to convector heaters. Electric radiators provide a deeper level of heat compared to convection heaters. Using a combination of convection and radiation, they heat the air as well as any surrounding objects, so heat isn’t easily lost to draughts. As a result, electric radiators do not have to work as hard as convector heaters to keep the room warm, so they use less electricity for more efficient and cost-effective warmth. All of the power they draw from the wall is converted into usable heat and with a number of energy-saving features included as standard with all of our electric radiators, they are 100% efficient at point of use.
Back to basics or cutting-edge technology?
From manual control to more advanced programming, we have a range of electric radiators to suit all needs. For the most efficient and energy-saving option, look no further than smart electric radiators which use Bluetooth or WiFi to allow you to manage your heating via an app on your phone. Some of our electric radiators can even be controlled with your voice for even better convenience. These sophisticated and energy-saving features help to reduce costs and make heating your home easier than ever. The Ecostrad iQ Ceramic is one of our most versatile electric radiators when it comes to control, providing manual heat management, programming via WiFi and hands-free voice control when connected to Amazon Alexa or Google Home. The iQ Ceramic even takes it one step further with a motion sensor mode that detects movement in the room and automatically switches on to heat accordingly. This is one of our most intelligent electric radiators yet and would be an ideal modern heating solution for any property.
When to Choose a Convector Heater…
Convector heaters are all about quick heat and quick results. They’re the products we reach for when we need on-demand heat and they’re found just about everywhere – topping up the temperature in a yoga class, warming a home conservatory, or providing quick heat in a little-used meeting room. They’re not as energy-efficient as electric radiators and cost more to run if used regularly, but for total convenience, they’re exceptionally effective.
These heaters use an exposed metal element in the base that quickly heats up and spreads warmth to the surrounding air. The warm air then rises up through the heater grill and begins to circulate around the room, creating a convection current that will ensure your space is well heated. Their basic design means that convector heaters are lightweight and easy to pick up and place wherever you want, however, their reliance on convected heat means that they’re much less efficient to run. Every time you leave the room or open a window, you’re losing any accumulated warmth and breaking the convection cycle, so the heater has to work harder to try and replenish any lost heat. Just as with electric radiators, you’ve got a choice between budget and high-end models. Our Ecostrad iQ Plus smart electric heater comes with 24/7 programming and an accurate digital thermostat to help slim down your energy usage, and if that wasn’t enough, it also comes with WiFi and voice control so you can manage your heating in a more convenient way. Supplied with its own feet, the iQ Plus also allows for freestanding installation for portable heating.
Energy-Efficient Warmth or Quick On-Demand Heat
Both electric radiators and convector heaters are excellent as portable heating solutions so you can’t really go wrong with either choice. We highly recommend electric radiators for energy-efficient heating but the rapid warmth of a convector heater can also be a great choice if you’re only using your heater on occasion. Choose from our excellent selection of portable radiators and freestanding heaters to find the perfect match for your needs. For supplementary warmth at your place of work, for on-demand heat as you move from site to site, or simply for convenient heating at home, we’re sure to have the ideal solution.