Electric heating is where you use electricity as your primary source of energy for heating your home. While it includes many types of heating, for most people, electric heating means underfloor heating, storage heaters, and electric boilers.
Electricity is increasingly becoming a low-carbon source of energy, and carbon emissions from electricity are expected to drop further in the future. However, electricity remains an expensive source of energy compared to gas.
Electric heating is common in rented properties, flats, and homes that lack a mains gas connection.
Benefits of electric heating
- Low installation costs
- Requires little maintenance
- It does not require a central heating system
- Electric heating is flexible and can be used to heat a room or ‘to complement’ other types of heating systems.
Types of Electric Heating
There are numerous types of electric heating systems. The most common are electric storage heaters which store heat from special electricity tariffs inside their core. Today, we have modern electric storage heaters which have higher heat retention, release heat quickly, and come with improved controls.
The other types of electric heating systems are electric boilers, direct electric heaters, and electric underfloor heating.
Which Electric Heating System is Right for You?
The best heating system for you is the one that matches the needs of your home and fits your budget.
You will find that while direct electric heating is cheap to install, it is more expensive to run when compared to other forms of heating. If you live in a small or well-insulated property, you can go ahead and install direct electric heating, and you will be good. However, for people in older, less insulated properties, this option might end up being very expensive for you.
You should get quotes from at least four installers when you want to install an electric heating system. It is essential to make sure that the installer understands your current electricity tariff.