Are you off the gas grid? Maybe you have just moved into a new flat or you live out in the countryside and you are wondering how to heat your home without mains gas. You are not alone. According to Government figures in 2007, half a million postcodes were off grid. In urban areas with no gas, 90% of households rely on electricity for their heating. Night storage heaters are still the most common form of electric heating used domestically in the UK. However, due to recent changes in legislation many storage heaters have been discontinued. This is because they don’t have the controllability of modern electric radiators.
Perhaps you are looking for an economical solution for your electric heating or perhaps you are looking to replace your old storage heaters that do not suit your lifestyle. We understand the challenges you face. There are a myriad of possibilities such as heat pumps, biomass etc. But for many, the capital outlay is prohibitive and some properties are just not suitable for such solutions. Direct electric heating provides a simple and affordable option for many properties who don’t have access to gas.
Some older terraced properties still have no central heating. You may be wondering whether to invest in a new system or whether to choose electric instead. Not only are electric radiators cheaper and easier to install but the future of gas is uncertain. There are targets in place to decarbonise the heat supply, which would mean finding an alternative to gas in 20,000 properties a week for the next 20 – 25 years! The electricity sector has made significant strides towards a low carbon future, with the amount of energy being generated by wind and solar increasing all the time.
Electric heating has a bad reputation for being expensive. Unfortunately, many people have had bad experiences with storage heaters and cheap convector heaters, and think that all electric heating is the same. Some heaters are more efficient than others in the way that they work. That is why certain types of heaters were discontinued from January 1st 2018. To ensure that your radiators are energy efficient you should check that they are Lot 20 compliant.
What makes an electric radiator energy efficient?
Modern electric radiators are
- fully programmable, so that you can heat your home when you need to (not when you are out at work!),
- they have a thermostat on each unit meaning they can respond to changes in temperature in each individual room in the house,
- they have open window detection so that you will not waste energy if you accidentally leave a window open, and
- the latest wave of electric radiators have Wifi capability, meaning that you can control them remotely from your smart phone or computer.
So the improved control that modern electric radiators offer, means that they are an efficient and economical choice.
((Downloadable sheet How much do electric radiators cost to run))
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Which type of electric radiator should I choose?
There are many different types of electric heating. Below you can see a summary of the main advantages and disadvantages.
|Convector||Cheap to buy
Easy to install
|Low thermal inertia
Expensive to run
May not be Lot 20 compliant
|Panel||Cheap to buy
Easy to install
|May be more expensive to run|
|Storage||May work out cheaper for the elderly||May not suit lifestyle for working families
Difficult to install
Uses more energy than required
May not be Lot 20 compliant
|Ceramic||Easy to install
High thermal inertia
|Mid price range|
Electric radiator vs convector heater
A convector heater is usually a cheap unit with open elements. When the elements heat up they warm the air, which rises in convection currents. Because they lack mass, once the element is switched off it becomes cold very quickly. See here. For this reason they can be very expensive to run and should only be used as a temporary solution for a short period of time.
A panel heater is similar to a convector heater, in that it mainly uses convection currents to heat the space. They are usually a bigger unit and more attractive. They may look very similar to electric radiators, but the difference is they have an exposed element just like the convector heater. They will get warm quickly but as soon as the power is turned off the unit will cool down rapidly. See here.
Storage heaters became popular after the second world war to help solve a problem with the power grid supply and demand by drawing electricity overnight when the demand was low. The heat is stored in the bricks within the heater and then dispersed the following day. By replacing storage heaters with ceramic core electric radiators you will be able to have thermostatically controlled, programmable heating when you want it, with even heat distribution throughout your room.
Our Electric Radiators
The EcoCurve Electric Radiators are a timeless and sleek new radiator that exudes elegance. A perfect addition to any home or office! This curved model has up to date features which will give any room the perfect temperature, whilst being slim enough to fit seamlessly onto any wall without interfering with your room design.
The EcoHeat range of electric radiators is ideally suited to older properties with solid walls due to the thermal performance of the ceramic core. The EcoHeat features twin heating elements embedded within the core. The effect is a comfortable release of heat, long after the radiators have stopped drawing power.
The EcoSlimline range of electric radiators features a Slimline Design, ceramic core and a finned heating element. If you have a modern property with good insulation then the EcoSlimline is right for you. This radiator is quick to heat up, comfortable to use and simple to programme.
Why VeriSmart Heating?
At VeriSmart Heating we believe in offering all our customers affordable, reliable warmth. Because we help so many customers with so many different property types we can help you;
- choose the best electric radiator for your house or flat
- improve the running costs of your electric radiators
- programme your radiator to improve your comfort
We offer a 2 year warranty on the electronics and a no quibble swap out during the warranty period.
We believe that affordable, reliable and sustainable warmth is a basic human right and therefore we are supporting UN Global Goals 7; affordable clean energy and Goal 12; responsible consumption.
What is the difference between the EcoSlimline and the EcoHeat?
The EcoSlimline radiators have two heat generating systems. The finned heating element dramatically increases the warm airflow from the radiator, producing a rapid warm up time when compared to fluid filled or pure ceramic radiators. This rapidly emits warm air into the room. The lightweight ceramic core with encased heating element has excellent thermal mass, keeping a room warmer for longer once up to temperature. The ceramic core is used to maintain the room temperature and works in conjunction with the finned heating element.
The EcoHeat radiators with its dual, encased heating elements can maintain a room temperature long after it stops drawing power.
In Short: The EcoSlimline and EcoCurve heat up very quickly but don’t stay warm for as long as the EcoHeat once it stops drawing power. The EcoHeat heats up slowly but releases the heat very slowly once it is stops drawing power.
When would you recommend an EcoSlimline vs EcoHeat and why?
We recommend the EcoSlimline and EcoCurve ranges for modern build constructions and the EcoHeat for older properties.
Tell me about the WiFi model (disabled)
Dry technology ceramic core, electric radiators. Wifi enabled which allows programming from a mobile app. Geolocation technology controls your heating according to the location of your mobile phone.
The Wifi radiators require a SmartBox. One SmartBox can control up to 31 radiators. Several SmartBoxes can be managed by one app. If the internet connection is lost, the radiators continue to work and can be controlled using the digital panel. The max distance from the SmartBox to the radiator is 200m in open spaces And 30m indoors, where there are 2-3 walls.
As with all VeriSmart radiators, the ceramic core has high thermal inertia, keeping a room warmer for longer. Once up to temperature, the temperature is kept stable and comfortable using minimum energy consumption. The heating element is embedded within the ceramic block and has double thermal isolation Class II.
4 powers; 750 watts, 1000 watts, 1500 watts, 2000 watts
Comfort, economic and frost mode
Extra silent digital regulation with a Triac component
Digital, programmable control placed on top for ease of access
Temperature precision 0.1 deg c
Security thermal cut-off
Open window function
Voltage 220-240v. Frequency 50-60Hz
Wall mounting brackets included
How do you adjust the heat settings?
Refer to the user manual.
Are the temperature controls tamper proof?
Yes, refer to instruction manual – Keypad Lock – this function prevents any change in the theromstat setting. This is useful in areas such as childrens’ bedrooms or public areas.
Do both types of heater run off a 13amp plug?
Yes. 13 amps is standard UK socket.
How long is the electrical cord for the radiator?
Which side does the electrical cord comes out of?
Right hand side.
I ordered on Friday afternoon, when will I receive my order?
Orders placed after 12pm will only be processed the next day, therefore orders made on a Friday afternoon will only be processed on Monday and should be delivered on Tuesday (next business day).
Does the EcoSlimline also comes with wheel trays?
No, wheel trays are only available for the EcoHeat.
Do your radiators work with Economy 7?
Can the electrical cord be extended?
Can the heaters be painted?
No it can not be painted.
Where are the radiators made and is spare parts available?
The radiators are made in Spain. We will swap out if there’s a prob. The guarantee on the electronics is 2 yrs. If it goes outside of the warranty period, we can replace the control panel for a small fee.
You list this heater as having a depth of 75mm. Is that the total projection from the wall? If not, how deep is it when wall mounted, including any gap between heater and wall?
The wall bracket adds 2 cm to the depth, so a total depth to the wall of 9.5 cm.
Is the fully body of the radiator aluminum or is any part plastic?
The main body is aluminum but the sides are plastic.
Can I change the temperatures manually?
You can alter the temps using the plus and minus keys either from a manual programme or from within a preset programme. If say you came home early from work and wanted to nudge it up using the plus key, it would revert to the programme the following day.
Are the radiators suitable for bathroom use?
The EcoHeat, EcoSlimline and EcoCurve ranges are IP24 rated and are safe for bathroom use. They may be installed in all zones of your bathroom, except for Zone 0.
The EcoWifi is IP32 rated and is safe for use in Zone 3 only.
Can we Put Electric Central Heating in Regardless of the Carbon Footprint.? Or do we have to offset any solar or carbon compensation?.
Your questions below are topic of great conversation right now. The NEA has published a very interesting paper recently which I have attached for your reading pleasure.
There are talks about individual micro-generational levels being offset with solar power not being needed. Electricity is already being seen as a low carbon alternative as result of the decarbonisation projects already underway (because of our electricity coming from a windmill or another effective source of renewable energy).