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Central heating

Electric central heating delivers heat consistently to the whole home. It is highly efficient, environmentally-friendly and easy to control. A wide range of appliances and our flexible tariff options will ensure comfort for all the family at a price you can afford.

Boilers

Instead of burning gas or oil to create heat, the electric boiler takes power from the mains supply and uses it to heat elements within the boiler. Water passes over these elements and is heated in the process, before being pumped to where it is needed.

Advantages of electric boilers

  • Easy to service and maintain because they have very few moving parts.
  • They don't need a flue, so you don't have any worries about finding an outside wall.
  • Even compared with most gas boiler systems, electric versions are small and neat.
  • They don't produce any fumes or combustion gasses such as  carbon monoxide.

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Storage heating

Storage heaters are usually used in conjunction with a two or three rate tariff and a meter that records electricity used during off-peak times separately, enabling it to be billed at a discounted rate.

Storage heaters usually have two controls - a charge control (often called "input"), which controls the amount of heat stored, and the draught control (often called "output"), which controls the rate at which heat is released.

You can control them manually yourself or set them to operate automatically by setting a target room temperature on a thermostat.

Advantages of storage heaters

  • Installation costs are relatively low
  • Installation is simpler than installing gas or oil fired boilers, piping and radiators.
  • Storage heaters require next to no maintenance

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Plug-in type heaters

Oil filled heaters

Portable oil filled heaters plug into the nearest electric outlet, but they actually rely on oil to heat and warm the surrounding space. The oil inside quickly warms up and stays warm, whilst the heat is transferred to the room via radiation and sometimes convection.

Convector Heaters

Portable convector heaters come with many benefits, in particular they heat up quickly and are quiet to operate. They are also often among the most compact and lightweight portable heaters. Make sure you get the correct size of convector heater for the area you wish to heat.

Fan heaters

Whilst fans are usually thought of as cooling devices, portable fan heaters actually do a tremendous job at quickly heating up areas. Rather than blow cool air, the fans naturally blow hot air, which is able to diffuse around the room much faster than other traditional heating methods.

Advantages of plug-in type heaters

  • Relatively low purchase cost
  • Portable
  • Excellent as a back up to the main heating system

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Ground source heat pumps

Heat from the ground is absorbed at low temperatures into a fluid inside a loop of pipe (a ground loop) buried underground. The fluid then passes through a compressor that raises its temperature sufficiently to heat water for the heating and hot water circuits of the home. Once it has given up its heat, the cooled fluid passes back into the ground loop where the cycle starts again.

Normally, the loop is laid flat or coiled in trenches about two metres deep, but if there is not enough space in your garden you can install vertical loops down into the ground. Around 100 metres of loop are needed for a typical home.

Advantages of ground source heat pumps

  • Very economical to run
  • Low environmental impact
  • Uses heat energy from the ground

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Air source heat pumps

Heat from the air is absorbed at low temperature into a fluid. This fluid then passes through a compressor, compressor that raises its temperature sufficiently to heat water for the heating and hot water circuits of the home. There are two main types of air source heat pump system:

An air-to-water system distributes heat via your wet central heating system. Heat pumps work much more efficiently at a lower temperature than a standard boiler system would. So they are more suitable for underfloor heating systems or larger radiators, which give out heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time.

An air-to-air system produces warm air which is circulated by fans to heat your home. They are unlikely to provide you with hot water as well.

Advantages of air source heat pumps

  • Very economical to run
  • Low environmental impact
  • Uses heat energy from the outside air
  • Located outside

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Underfloor heating

Underfloor heating provides a safe environment, with an even distribution of heat and, with no radiators to place, it frees up wall space. Underfloor heating can be a water-fed piped system, served by an electric boiler or heat pump, or, alternatively, a cable system that heats up like an element.

Water-based underfloor heating

With a water-based underfloor heating system, a series of pipes connected to your boiler circulate warm water throughout the floor to heat your rooms.

These systems are best suited to new floor constructions, where the floor can be designed to hold the pipe work and be adequately insulated.

If you're retrospectively installing water-based underfloor heating to an existing bathroom or kitchen you may have to raise the floor level to accommodate the pipe work and this may not always be possible.

Electric cable underfloor heating

A series of electric wires are installed beneath or within your flooring as a means of heating your rooms.

The cables are fitted beneath the flooring, usually on top of a layer of screed, to ensure the surface is completely flat, and a layer of floor insulation.

Cable systems are easier to install in an existing room than wet systems, which need space for pipe work and may involve raising the floor.

Advantages of Underfloor Heating

  • Frees up wall space taken up by radiators and heaters
  • Even heat distribution
  • Warm floors

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