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Our newest Associate Member talks through the technology involved in electric heating and dismisses a few myths to help Members whose customers are looking for alternatives to traditional fossil fuels
Electric heating has undergone a remarkable transformation over the years. Not too long ago, it was often regarded as outdated, inefficient and expensive, but advancements in technology and a growing focus on sustainability have spurred a wave of innovation.
Modern electric heating systems are a far cry from their predecessors and have become highly efficient and environmentally friendly thanks to innovations such as smart controls and energy-saving features. These advancements have made electric heating a competitive option – even in regions where gas heating traditionally dominated – with the many advantages including:
Efficiency – electric heating systems, like electric boilers and radiators, have become highly efficient. They convert near enough all the electricity they use into heat, ensuring that very little energy goes to waste. This 99.9% efficiency can result in lower energy bills and reduced environmental impact.
Precision control – modern electric radiators are equipped with advanced control systems. These allow homeowners to tailor their heating to their needs, heating only the rooms they use and adjusting temperature settings with ease. This level of control enhances comfort and energy savings.
Environmentally friendly – with the global push for reduced carbon emissions, electric heating has emerged as an eco-friendly solution. It produces zero on-site emissions and can be powered by renewable energy sources, making it a vital part of the journey towards a greener future.
Versatility – electric heating is adaptable and can be installed in various settings, making it an excellent choice for a wide range of properties, both new build and retrofit, as it doesn’t require a flue or gas connection.
Best of all, it isn’t just a one-size-fits-all solution and excels in a number of specific scenarios, namely:
Homes without gas access – in regions without access to mains gas, electric heating offers a dependable alternative. It provides consistent, reliable warmth without the need for a gas supply.
Energy-efficient homes – for homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint and embrace energy-efficient solutions, electric heating aligns with their sustainability goals. It allows for the integration of renewable energy sources, like solar PV, to further reduce the environmental impact.
Zoned heating – electric heating systems are ideal for zoned or localised heating. They enable users to heat specific rooms or areas of their homes, minimising energy wastage and ensuring comfort where it’s needed.
Electric heating has evolved from a technology often associated with inefficiency to a forward-looking and eco-conscious solution. Its advantages, from efficiency and control to versatility, make it suitable for a variety of homes and an essential part of the journey toward more sustainable heating solutions.
As the world strives to reduce its carbon footprint, electric heating is playing a vital role in making our homes more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly, ushering in a new era of responsible living and helping to create a legacy that will resonate for generations to come.
Electric heating myth-busting
MYTH: Electric heating is outdatedA decade ago, one might have said yes, but recent years have witnessed significant innovations in electric heating technology. Today, a new generation of electric heating solutions, such as electric boilers and radiators, offer remarkable efficiency, convenience and performance. Modern electric heating systems are intelligent, 100% efficient and can be easily controlled through smart apps, allowing users to manage heating time and temperature with ease.
MYTH: There’s a lack of controlIn the past, control options for electric heating systems were limited, often offering only basic on/off functionality. However, technology has advanced, and many contemporary electric heaters come with state-of-the-art controllers. These controllers, like those on the DSR Radiator Range, enable precise control over time and temperature, either manually or wirelessly. This enhances energy efficiency and user controllability.
MYTH: There’s no demand for it Contrary to this often-aired belief, the reality is quite different. Electric heating is on the increase, especially as many UK households still rely on outdated heating systems. Additionally, more than two million UK households lack access to mains gas, and others can’t use gas due to restrictions on older or listed buildings. The commitment to achieving zero emissions by 2050 – or 2045 in Scotland – as well as the upcoming gas boiler ban will only boost the demand for electric heating.
MYTH: It’s too expensive While it’s true that electric heating can be more expensive per kW compared to gas, the overall cost of installation and maintenance is often lower. Intelligent electric heating systems allow users to heat only the rooms they need, reducing long-term costs compared to gas central heating systems that heat multiple rooms simultaneously. Electric heating systems are also more efficient, as 1kW of electricity provides 1kW of heat, whereas gas boilers are typically only about 90% efficient at peak performance. Additionally, the cost of gas is expected to increase, while electric heating costs are projected to remain stable or even decrease.
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