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How To Choose an Electric Radiator

Are you in the market for radiators for your home? Are you confused about which one will work best for your home?

Radiators come in three varieties, electric, hot water and gas. Most electric radiators are wall mounted but there are free standing electric radiators as well. The heat is transmitted is performed by conduction, convection and/or radiation. There are models that have combined convection and radiation.

The size and wattage you’ll need from your electric radiators depends on the size of your room, the quality of your insulation and the location of your property. Wattage measures your radiator’s maximum power output, and determines what size area it can heat.

In this article, you’ll read about how you choose the right radiator to keep your space cozy and warm.



Electric radiators used to have a reputation for being inefficient. Modern electric radiators are now efficient and are considered a viable, cost-effective alternative to most other central heating options including gas and oil. Together with solar power, electric heating is considered the energy of the future.


Size & Space

If you need to heat a conservatory, high-ceilinged room, hallway, multi-storied room, garage conversion, or any space that requires a higher heat output, you should speak to our sales team at Just Rads for expert heating consultation. It’s important to choose the right size radiators for your room. Radiators which are too small for your space will work inefficiently and leave you cold.


Energy Saving Features

Modern electric radiators come with a range of energy-saving features that help to your energy usage and lower your heating bills. Some models include an energy monitor so you can keep track of your energy usage in real-time, identifying areas where you could save on.


Fitting Options

One of the first questions you need to ask yourself when choosing a new electric radiator is: how do you want to fit it? Wall mounted or free standing? Wall mounted radiators are great for DIY plug-in installation. You can also have an electrician hard-wire it into the wall. Freestanding radiators are the best choice if you have limited space on your walls – for example in workshops, libraries or conservatories. Freestanding radiators can easily be moved around, even from room to room.


Heat Only the Rooms You Use 

With modern electric radiators you have the option to set the temperature of the room, and you’d like the heating to come on. The radiator heats until the right level of heat is achieved, then lowers its heat output to maintain the set temperature. With room-by-room heat monitoring is no wasted energy in a room that’s already warm, or a room you don’t want to heat at certain times of the day. This can result in considerable savings over traditional central heating.


Thermal Comfort

Electric radiators offer the following energy saving benefits over traditional central heating:


  1. Electric radiators are 100% efficient at point of use, unlike gas central heating systems which lose energy via heat radiated through pipes as water moves from the boiler to your radiators.
  1. The modularity of electric radiators lets you to heat only the rooms you.
  1. Because each electric radiator has its own electronics, each unit gives total control over every heating zone in your house. Each radiator has a thermostat and programming controls, so you only heat and use energy when you need it.


Modern electric radiators are best suited for living spaces as they are extremely cost-effective and circulate heat evenly. If your bathroom electric heater does not have a timer, we recommend a model with a fan system. For instance, an electrically heated towel rail with a fan heater comes with faster heat-up times. On the other hand, in kitchens and hallways, you can use a radiant heater or convector as you will not use it consistently.

We hope you have found this guide to electric radiators informative and helpful. If you need any further guidance or assistance, you are welcome to contact us, Just Rads, and our friendly customer support team will be happy to help.

Posted on December 28, 2021 by Just-Rads

Posted in Electric Radiators, How to choose radiators

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