Electric Space Heating
What’s the difference?
There are numerous types of electric space heating including:
- Panel heaters
- Storage heaters
- Under floor heating
- Air sourced heat pumps
- Ground sourced heat pumps
- Insulation (to reduce need to heat and heat loss)
- Airtightness (to reduce heat lost through unintentional air leakage)
- Heating Controls (to restrict heating time and temperature)
These heaters use electricity to produce heat immediately and are 100% efficient at their point of use – that means if it consumes 1000 Watts of electricity it produces 1000 Watts of heat.
Control can be through a system so that it is comparable to the systems used to control Gas Fired Central heating.
There are some versions that great claims are made about by their manufacturers but at the end of the day they are panel heaters and apart from arguably looking better than standard versions there is not much more to them to justify the increased price.
|Typical panel heater||Expensive panel heater|
These heaters use electricity via a tariff known as “Off Peak”. Economy 7 heating takes in electricity Midnight to 0700hrs and stores the heat to be released during the day. The cost of the electricity is reduced but the Peak rate is slightly increased.
Whilst having cheap heat may sound good you need to consider the heating season is not all year round and paying more for day time units in the summer makes them less attractive.
There are basic versions and more intelligent systems, the basic system costs less to buy but isn’t as controllable. The more intelligent systems cost more to buy and install but are more controllable so cost less to run and are likely to produce the lowest whole life costing.
|Typical basic storage heater|
Electric Under floor heating
This uses a heater mat under the tiles / laminate and is 100% efficient at the point of use. Heat rises so it will come as no surprise to you that with under floor heating you can lower the temperature of the room thermostat, as your feet are warmed you feel warmer sooner.
|Typical under floor heating mat
Air Sourced Heat Pumps (ASHP)
These units extract heat from the air and the heat is transferred to radiators inside the property. These units are classed as renewable energy.
Ground Sourced Heat Pumps (GSHP)
These units extract heat from the ground through either bore holes or pipes laid in the ground , like ASHP they transfer the heat to radiators inside the property. These units are again classed as renewable energy and more efficient than ASHP but cost more to install.
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