Why It Might Be Time To Think About Electric Heating
Many of us have been doing a lot of DIY this year, what with being stuck indoors while the world is seemingly on power-down mode. And if like me you’ve been tinkering with just about everything in the house, one big area in every single room that can be quite daunting to tackle is the radiator.
Sure, it’s a humble old thing which does its job without so much as a complaint (unless you have old loud pipes of course), but have you ever looked at your radiators and wondered if you could do better? Or have you always hated the position of a particular radiator and how the door always bangs off it, or someone stubs their foot walking by?
Well, you’ll be lucky to know that I have found the solution to any and all radiator problems in the home. Quite unsurprisingly, the solution to an annoying radiator is to get a new one (shocked I’m sure!). But I’m not just saying you should swap or update the same radiator you’ve always had. Now is the time to make a drastic shift and think about getting electric radiators where you can. They’re quite nifty, and in this article, I want to lay out some of the reasons why they’re worth their weight in gold, or rather stainless steel, as that’s what most radiators are made from.
Let’s get hooked up to electric heating, shall we?
You no longer need to use oil or gas
I don’t know if you’re like me, but I am a stickler for when the heating goes on, and how long it needs to be on for. If anyone else even thinks of touching the thermostat or adjusting the timer, there will be hell to pay. It’s quite the opposite when using electric radiators as they can be treated like your TV or a lamp.
When you’re in a room, you just flick the switch, and that’s it heating up without having to wait on hot water travelling throughout the house. When you’re done, flick a switch and off it goes. No more complaints around the house that somebody in one room is cold while someone else is “roasting” because turning the heating on means all the radiators usually need to be on.
You can go all fancy for a change
Hands up if you’re fed up with having big old white radiators that take up too much space and just don’t seem to fit in with the décor of a room? Is your hand up? Good, as you’ll want to start thinking about electric designer radiators.
Most people hear “designer” in anything and begin to worry that it is going to break the bank. I’ve been looking around online, and that doesn’t seem to be the case with electric designer radiators. Maybe because of what they are made, or the fact that they don’t require any crazy plumbing work means you can find a trendy design for a reasonable price.
There are some brands which are already quite well known for electric designer radiators, and I’d be remiss to mention them. So take a look at funky designs from Lazzarini, Pisa and DQ Heating. I also recommend looking online as designer products tend to be cheaper than buying in person at one of those DIY superstores (not to mention they’re always queued out nowadays.) You can see what some of the fanciest electric radiators look like here at Trade Radiators.
You can put electric radiators anywhere
Always hated that one radiator which the door hits off? Or would you love a world where the living room radiator wasn’t tucked behind the sofa? With an electric radiator, you can put it anywhere you like. Remember, these don’t need to be hooked up to your pipes to work. All they need is a plug socket or to be wired in.
The freedom of movement you get from an electric radiator means you can create more space in a room, and even give yourself back sections of a room which were hindered by a clunky radiator in the way. I’ve seen examples of people who even hang their radiators halfway up the wall in the bathrooms and hallways so they can put drawers in and free up valuable floor space.
You don’t need to take care of radiators anymore
Do the colder months bring on one of the most dreaded activities in the calendar; rummaging through every drawer to try and find the radiator key you promised yourself you’d place somewhere so convenient you’d not forget where it is?
I hate bleeding radiators every autumn, especially when they splutter dirty water on the wall and you’re fighting to tighten the thing back up while holding a wet towel. Guess what? Doesn’t happen with an electric radiator. Because it’s a closed unit and uses a special heating liquid inside, there’s never any chance of air getting in to block it up. You just turn it on, and it does its magic. Imagine that!
You can go your own way
Not to badly quote Fleetwood Mac, but I hope you found some of the information here useful, and it helps you better if you’re in line to buy an electric radiator. Just remember that they’ll cause you far less hassle than a standard radiator, and they look good to boot.