Many customers and heating installers often ask for oil-filled radiators when a property does not have a boiler fed central heating system as this was historically the most popular solution when it came to electric heating. However, oil brings with it a number of negatives; it’s slow to heat up, can prevent a radiator from being recycled and is increasingly expensive.
But technological advances have led to a huge increase in the choice of electric radiators available and now no longer are ugly oil-filled radiators the only option.
Electric radiators now come in many formats. A popular option are water-filled radiators, which are essentially radiators that have been designed to go on a piped central heating system, but have been “electrified” with the addition of water, corrosion inhibitor and an electric element. Water-filled electric radiators are quick to heat up and clean, providing a simple, attractive yet inexpensive option to suit many interiors.
Water-filled electric radiators are available in a range of designs, different materials (such as cast iron, steel and aluminium), hundreds of colours, and a wealth of sizes both in horizontal and vertical forms. And they still offer the benefits offered by oil-filled radiators such as portability and availability in both floor-mounted and wall-hung versions.
But liquid filled radiators are not the only option. For instance, the Electric Romana is a stone radiator made of high quality marble or granite. Its award-winning design incorporates the excellent heat-retention properties of natural stone. No liquid content means that it can be mounted horizontally or vertically. Thanks to the particular molecular make up of stone, the warm air is radiated directly and evenly into the surroundings providing heating that is highly effective, efficient and clean.
The latest addition to the electric radiator market is iRad, a radiant panel that contains no liquid at all, emits a high heat output, and can be wirelessly linked to other iRad radiators providing a highly efficient central heating system, without the expense and inconvenience of installing pipework. Using iRads with wireless controllers enables the user to set time and temperature settings as well as being able to “zone” radiators. The iRad is available in a number of sizes and in various colours, as well as brushed stainless steel, polished stainless steel, glass and mirror finishes.
In summary, the developments in the industry mean that oil-filled radiators are rapidly becoming obsolete and cleaner, greener alternatives are now becoming the norm. Increased options mean that consumers don’t need to compromise on aesthetics, performance or price when it comes to electric heating.