In recent months, the government announced a new plan to phase out gas powered central heating, forcing new homes to use alternative means of keeping warm. The Committee on Climate Change say that by 2025 at the latest, no new properties will be connected to the gas grid – allowing developers to choose from a range of energy-efficient, eco-conscious heating systems. In the wake of this exciting news, what heating alternatives are there to choose from? Luckily for you, we anticipated this development years ago and we’ve been honing our product range ever since, offering the latest, most energy-efficient, non-gas-powered heating systems on the market. In light of this, the run up to 2025 can be considered the rise of electric heating as the UK takes greater steps to cement its place in a greener, more environmentally secure future.
Are gas boilers being phased out?
In the recent spring statement, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond pledged to “mandate the end of fossil fuel heating systems,” delivering low carbon heating in future homes throughout the UK. The statement sets a “new standard” for properties built after 2025, focusing on improving insulation and denying access to the gas grid – forcing new builds to use alternate means of heating their homes, freed from the constraints of mains gas. While existing homes will still be allowed to use central heating, this development has instigated yet more renewed interest in alternative and efficient heating systems. If you’re a property developer or home owner, it begs the question: what are your options going forward?
What is electric heating?
We’ve championed electric heating for almost a decade, seeing potential in the need for eco-conscious, low-carbon, heating systems that don’t monopolise our planet’s limited resources. Electric heating offers just that: an efficient, eco-friendly means of heating your entire home without wasting energy. Electric heaters can even be used with renewable energy technology, such as wind turbines and solar panels, for completely fuel-free heating.
Encompassing a broad range of products that can be utilised to great effect throughout the home, electric heating offers a minutely controllable, energy-efficient, and green method of keeping warm that can be adapted to suit your individual heating needs.
What are electric radiators?
The electric alternative to traditional central heating, electric radiators provide energy-efficient warmth that can be used throughout the home as a direct competitor to wet radiators. Using lightweight metal heating elements, electric radiators draw power from the wall and heat the volume of air inside a room to raise the temperature, rather than relying on continually reheated water from a boiler. 100% of the power drawn from the wall is converted to usable heat, with zero waste – making electric radiators super-efficient when you consider the amount of heat loss stemming from pipework and plumbing in a central heating system. There’s also no combustion with an electric radiator, which means there’s absolutely zero emissions, so there’s no risk of carbon monoxide building up in your home.
On top of these obvious benefits, electric heating is almost infinitely customisable, allowing you to choose from a range of styles, designs, colours, and finishes to suit your space. Unlike central heating, which is one interconnected system, electric heaters are modular. This means you can add individual products in or out of your system with ease, tailoring your heating to your specific needs rather than being stuck with one unchangeable system.
Are electric radiators energy efficient?
All electric heaters are 100% efficient at point of use, which means all the electricity used is converted into heat. Electric radiators go a step further than that however, including a wealth of intelligent, energy-saving features designed to trim your monthly outgoings as well as conserve energy. All our electric radiators come with detailed digital programmers, which enable you to set a heating schedule that caters to your every whim – allocating specific temperatures to individual radiators throughout your home: a simple way of getting a hold over your energy use, dictating as and when you need heating and to what extent – rather than heating at full power all day in every room of your home.
On top of this, we offer WiFi and Bluetooth controlled smart electric radiators that can be remotely controlled using a compatible Android or iOS device, self-learning electric radiators with motion-sensing technology that can be left to run your heating by themselves, and voice-activated electric radiators that can be used with Amazon’s assistant Alexa for fully integrated heating.
The rise of electric heating
The days of cumbersome, unintuitive systems that cost an arm and a leg to run are well and truly over: whatever your needs, you’ll find them catered for in today’s ultra-modern, energy-efficient electric heaters. As the UK follows through with its energy-saving environmental targets, in the coming years, we’ll be seeing substantial developments in the electric heating sector as more and more people seek to replace antiquated, inefficient central heating in favour of a cleaner, greener alternative. If you’re a property developer, home owner, or tradesman, and you’d like a head start choosing your own electric alternative, head over to Electric Radiators Direct to explore your options. Or, if you’d prefer, give our sales team a call for friendly advice with your project and for a no-obligation quote.
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