Electric radiators vs gas central heating

Economy Radiators are designed to be an evolution of the traditional heating systems found in homes up and down the country. So, just how do our radiators compare to gas central heating (GCH)?

Based on the most frequently asked questions we receive about electric radiators and GCH, this table highlights the differences between the two:

  Electric radiators GCH
Controllable heating, 24/7 Yes Yes
Hours drawing per day for electricity/gas 3.5hrs (avg) Impossible to give an average consumption
Heating on demand, 24/7 Yes Yes
Heat leakage when not needed No No
Yearly maintenance No Yes
Space saving Yes No (Boiler and pipework required)
Easy installation Yes No (Boiler and pipework required)
Quiet Yes Some boilers can be noisy, as can warming pipes
Individual room temperatures Yes No
Individual timed programs for each room Yes No
Linked to mains hot water No Yes

While both electric radiators and GCH offer excellent heating quality, there are key differences in cost to consider. Replacing, extending or installing GCH will typically cost significantly more than electric radiators, which can often be installed by the homeowner – gas installations require a qualified plumber.

Once installed, the difference in cost just keeps adding up. Unlike our electric radiators, GCH will require:

  • An annual service
  • Annual radiator draining and cleaning (Recommended)
  • Boiler servicing and maintenance

Our electric radiators require no ongoing maintenance or servicing. We’re so confident about this that we offer a three-year warranty on every electronic component and a ten-year guarantee on the bodies.

Every electric radiator also has these additional features. Each radiator is:

  • Programmable – you can set each room to the perfect temperature
  • Thermostatic controlled – no energy consumption when not needed
  • Compatible with other heating systems – you can fit an electric radiator in an extension, even if the rest of the house uses GCH
  • Independent of the hot water system

Electric radiators vs gas or oil systems

According to Government statistics (Office of Fair Trading 2011), 4 million households in the UK are not connected to the mains gas grid. And alternative central heating systems such as oil have seen an increase in running costs, in some years (2010) by as much as 40% year-on-year.

Our radiators, coupled with a standard electric supply, offer an alternative. The stylish designs and thermostatic controls mean you can achieve the look you desire for your home, while using fuel only when you need to. Have a look at the running costs we’ve achieved at our offices and one of our team’s houses.

A wet central heating system (a system which pumps heated water to radiators), regardless of the fuel, requires pipework to connect the boiler with the radiators. Extending or installing this network will add additional cost to any project, not to mention the dust and debris it will create.

If you are extending a system you also need to consider the pressure output of your existing boiler as it may not be capable of meeting the additional demand. In comparison our radiators can be self-installed in four simple steps:

  1. Drill four holes for your wall bracket (we provide a template to help)
  2. Fix the bracket to the wall using the screws provided
  3. Mount your radiator onto the bracket
  4. Plug in the radiator and switch on

And remember, because our radiators use electricity, there are no emissions at source, unlike the boilers which power central heating systems.

The true cost of gas

North Sea gas has provided a ready supply of cheap natural gas to meet our nation’s heating needs. But things are changing. With supplies dwindling, prices have steadily risen as we import more gas from overseas. The transport of the gas, coupled with emissions from the boiler, also increases your carbon footprint.

If you are looking for an efficient source of heating, with low installation costs, no ongoing maintenance and an attractive design, then please view our range.

If you would like help to choose the size of radiator you need for each room, then either complete the online quote request, or call 01845 518888. Our friendly and helpful team, based in Yorkshire, will help you out.