Posted on 16th March 2020
Electric heating is continually becoming an increasingly viable option for heating properties in the UK. New Government legislation heralds a change in how SAP determines a properties ERP Rating – to almost the same as gas. This change allows widespread use of electric radiators and electric boilers, which are widely understood as having low installation costs, no flue requirement, low maintenance, rapid heat up times and high efficiency. This modern method of heating is shaping up to be a popular choice for the future of home heating within the UK.
Advantages of Electric Heating over alternatives
Electric Heating Systems typically have a lower upfront installation cost than gas, oil or LPG systems. Some may claim that the initial cost savings are offset in the long run by the higher cost per unit of electricity versus the cost per unit of gas, however price projections indicate that the cost of gas is expected to increase and the production of gas is expected to decrease.
As the cost of gas rises, the cost of low carbon alternatives like electric is reducing as government support strengthens to meet climate change targets. Twelve new renewable energy projects were announced in September 2019 which will providing clean energy to 7 million homes within the UK at a record low price, and the cost of offshore wind energy are now roughly 30% lower than prices recorded in 2017.
Electric Heating systems are said to last 50% longer than oil or gas boilers. This is largely due to Electric Heating systems such as electric radiators or electric boilers including no internal moving parts, which massively reduces the risk of a breakdown or wear and tear in comparison to other heating alternatives. There is also no mandatory annual service, which is an average cost saving of up to £100 per year.
Electric Heating Systems are 100% efficient at the point of use. If you pay for 1kW of electricity, you will benefit from 1kW of heat. This is much higher than alternatives which can lose heat through flues etc. When paired with solar PV panels, efficiency of electric heating systems improves, and the carbon dioxide produced reduces.
Electric Radiators and Electric Boilers are safer that alternative heating solutions as electric heating systems do not burn fuel internally to generate heat, which means there’s none of the associated safety risks such as carbon monoxide poisoning or explosions. An electric boiler or radiator is completely silent in operation.
EASE OF INSTALLATION
An Electric Heating System is very easy to install as there is absolutely no need for any pipework. All that is required is a connection to the electrical circuit, which means that the Electric Radiators can be installed almost anywhere in your home, and with minimal disruption in comparison to standard wet system radiators. Our Electric Boilers have no flue requirement, this means that our Electric Boiler can be installed anywhere throughout your home without any restriction on building work or design.
Kevin Brown, Precision Plastics (Guernsey) Limited
We are a medium sized independent Builders & Plumbers Merchant / Home Improvement Centre based in the Channel Islands and always looking for quality products to add to our portfolio and offer to our discerning customers. Quality is important on a contained Island market as word of mouth plays a large part in the success of our business.
We took on EHC in 2012 and , in a nutshell, “haven’t looked back”. The Comet range of boilers has proved very popular with installers and householders alike and is now being seen by developers as the perfect choice for their projects giving us many repeat sales. We have also received very favourable comments on their solar equipment.
Having reliable back-up is a major factor on island and to this end EHC have proved to be a top-rated supplier always quick to deal with any minor problems that may arise.
Speed of delivery is excellent, positive feedback from our customers is as good as 100%, and their support at trade shows and provision of display product has provided us as a supplier with all we could ask for.
Joanne Greenwood, North Yorkshire
An ode to my lovely new bathroom radiator
A helpful young chap knocked at my door today
To deliver my radiator, of which I must say
Has thrilled me, the manufacturing quality superb
Purchased to keep toasty whilst soaking in my tub
I’m delighted with the colour RAL6019
The pale green restful & calming…..simply divine
So thank you so much from my Hubby and me
To the German engineers, Carole, and all at EHC
Mrs J McCrossan
Please don’t take this to be condescending in any way but it was so refreshing to deal with someone who was efficient and willing to help especially when I really didn’t know what I was needing. Many thanks.
K Kerr, West Lothian
Your guys have just been and I’d like to say how helpful, friendly and professional they both were. They are a credit to your company and made me feel reassured. Thank you for responding so quickly and for getting the issue fixed.