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ENERGY SAVING ELECTRIC HEATING IN DEMAND | March 2016

eHeater+ Supreme by Econo-Heat

Heating rooms using the principle of natural convection is still a new technology in the UK. One example of this type of heater is the “eHeater + Supreme” by Econo-Heat.

This is a standalone product, which you can mount it on the wall. Install it and forget about it. It will function noiselessly and efficiently heating up everything in the room to the optimum temperature.

There are several accessories available to help you control the heater:
  • Perhaps the most valued accessory feature is the thermostat control. You can control the temperature effectively, which saves a lot of electricity as it does not allow the temperature to cross a pre-determined figure.
  • The Eco Mode option reduces usage of electricity by 25%. Once you save energy, you automatically save on your running costs.
  • There is a timer control function in the Model 102, allowing you to control the usage of this heater daily.

Product specifications and features:
  • In order to merge with the surroundings you can paint the panel to match the colour of the wall.
  • This is a UK model and comes with a BS plug.
  • You can install this eHeater on your own with the help of the DIY kit supplied to you. This kit even includes the correct drill bit.
  • This heater works using natural convection of heat. So it has low running costs as compared to others.
  • This is an ultra slim modern model: the panel is just 1cm thick.
  • This is an energy efficient heater running at 5–9p per hour. The power capacity of the heater is 400W.
  • This is an ideal heater to warm a small room of an area of up to 9 square meters. This is ideal for secondary heater in the room.
  • It comes with a three-year warranty on the panel and a two-year warranty on the accessories.

MARCH'S TOP TIP: The eHeater+ Supreme with Thermostat and Eco Mode accessory (Model 105) is a popular option. This combines all the standard features with thermostat control and the energy saving Eco Mode option.



MODERN TOWEL RAILS FOR ANY ENERGY INSTALLATION | February 2016



Towel rails are an important accessory of any modern bathroom today. In the recent past, one could only witness the electrical towel rail in expensive hotels. However, improvements in technology have made it affordable for use in the common bathroom in today’s home.

Consider the specifications of the electric as well as wet system towel rails, and each of their advantages:
  • Both the towel rails are efficient as far as functionality is concerned.
  • They are very easy to install and maintain as well.
  • You can find the towel rails in two colours: chrome and white. Come with straight bars or curved bars.
  • These towel rails are very suited for dual energy installations.
  • They are energy efficient too, consuming optimum power.
  • They save power and have low running costs.
  • The electrical towel rails have an electrical element for heating up the rooms.
  • The wet system towel rails make use of water from the boiler to heat up the room.
  • Come with a one-year warranty on the electrical element and a five-year warranty on the towel rail.

Advantages of using towel rails:
  • In addition to heating up the bathroom, they can warm up the towels too and make them fluffy. They can keep the bathroom free of unpleasant bacteria.
  • They can come in chrome or white finishes.
  • They come in various sizes to fit your requirements.

FEBRUARY'S TOP TIP: If you are installing a towel rail, make sure that you choose the right option for your home - wet system for central heating (which will require a plumber to install pipework for new towel rail installation) or electrical for homes with electric heating (which will require an electrician to connect it).



DEVELOPMENTS IN ELECTRIC HEATING | January 2016




Smart technology heating systems have shown steep growth in the past two years, enabling users to regulate heating using their smartphone or computer. These innovative accessories are linked to your WIFI and are easy to control at the touch of a button. It can help you to save a significant sum of money by closely controlling your energy use.

Users
can easily control each individual radiator and consequently the room temperature. Connected to the boiler and radiators, enabling you to regulate the complete heating system by means of a central console or your Android or Apple smartphone.

You can regulate the radiator to the desired temperature inside each zone (up to 12 zones). For instance, if you are feeling cool in the bedroom, you need not heat up the kitchen or living room superfluously. You may also select the same temperature throughout the complete home, if you wish to do so. The system works in an intelligent fashion – it analyses how much time it needs to heat up the room and will be at the pre-defined temperature at the set time.

Higher end solutions offer sensor technology in the radiator or thermostat. Sensors can perceive if there is a window or door which is open due to measuring the temperature in a highly accurate way. When the sensors notice a sudden drop in temperature, it will automatically shut down the radiator.

You may also set lowest temperature threshold per room – which implies if the room temperature falls below the minimum temperature set, the boiler will heat up to maintain comfortable temperature inside the room. You can also perform quick actions which helps to regulate temperature at the drop of a hat. For example, there is an away setting that helps to decrease the temperature, and a custom mode that allows you to change the heating with a single button press or tap.

Perhaps m
ost importantly, these smart technology systems let you control the temperature when you are on the move. Maybe you have just realised that you have not switched off the system when you are still in the office or going away on holiday. In this situation, you can use your smartphone to switch off the heating system, preventing wasted energy use and saving you money. This is where the smart technology really has the advantage over the traditional heating system.

Smart heating products offer cost-saving benefits, and are all set to be the heating system norm over the next decade.

JANUARY'S TOP TIP: If you have a central heating system and are paying high bills for your energy use, investigate smart technology systems to help cut wasted energy and more accurately regulate the room temperature.



CENTRAL HEATING RADIATORS | December 2015

Central heating radiators help to spread the heat energy emanating from a gas boiler as part of the heating system. The flat panel radiator is the most commonly used home heating option. Panel radiators (convector radiators) offers maximum efficiency by adopting a steel panel convector radiator.

Panel radiators are mainly divided into three types - single panel or double panel or double panel with double convectors. Panel radiators offer multiple advantages such as good mechanical design, flexibility and compact sizes.

How do radiators work?

Central heating systems work by using different heat transfer technologies such as diffusion, conduction, radiation, and convection. Boilers help to heat water which is then distributed through pipes provided inside the rooms of your home. The main part of central heating systems is the radiators. Warm water travels from the boiler to the radiators through pipes, distributed to the radiators through valves and leaves the heating system through another pipe. Once the warm water is completely circulated through the heating system it returns to the boiler unit for re-warming.

The radiators metal shell conducts heat energy into the room and the radiated heat energy is absorbed by the air. Heat energy distributes inside the room by convection. Central heating controls on a thermostatic radiator valve on the input pipe allow the user to control the flow of warm water.

Balancing the system helps to make sure that there is even distribution of heat energy within the rooms. Radiators which are nearer to the heat pump are warmer compared to radiators which are further away from the boiler. Fine-tuning the valves regulates the flow of water to the radiator. Water flow to the radiators next to the boiler can be reduced by partly shutting the valves.

Compact Radiators are one type of heater used in a central heating system. Compact radiators are efficient and emit heat energy for longer duration than other heaters. Compact Radiators take only a few minutes to heat up your home. Column Radiators are another option, providing a higher output in general for larger rooms or buildings with high ceilings. They are also more traditional in style.

Before installing a radiator, the user needs to take into account the size of radiator which is installed. The radiator size needs to match your heating requirements. This makes sure that the boiler is not overloaded, which in turn helps to save the money spent on gas and electric bills.

Advantages of central heating radiators:
  • Controllable – The radiators can be regulated easily by thermostatic radiator valves. The boiler system also comes with time and temperature controls.
  • Stylish – they are available in different styles, designs and colours.
  • Responsive – it takes only a few minutes to heat up your home.

DECEMBER'S TOP TIP: Use the radiator valves to control the flow of heat to each radiator. Radiators closer to the boiler can be on a lower setting than those furthest away, to ensure an even distribution of warm water through every radiator.



ELECTRIC RADIATORS | November 2015

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Electric radiators convert electric energy into heat energy and keeps you warm in inter. Radiators or electric heaters are classified into different types, such as:
  • Wall mounted electric radiators – Mounted on wall to help save space, and accurately controlled with thermostat and timer
  • Vertical radiators – Ideal for rooms with limited wall space
  • Space heaters – Helps to heat up a small space but are more expensive to run
  • Low profile & conservatory radiators – Helps to heat conservatory or room with shallow wall space
  • Electric towel radiators – Used mainly in bathrooms and hotels to remove condensation and helps to get rid of bacteria
  • Portable electric heater – Easy to install and operate, but are more expensive to run
Let us explain how an electric radiator works…

How an Electric Radiator Works

Electric heater consists of an electric resistor which converts electrical energy into heat energy. It helps to retain the energy and liberates energy slowly, which means the heater uses minimum power to retain the temperature in your room. Thermodynamic fluid or a metal plate is heated up quickly and spreads the heat, helping to release maximum heat into the room. Heat retaining characteristics help the fluid or metal plate to retain heat for maximum duration.

Radiator Thermostat

Radiators are equipped with a thermostat which helps to regulate room temperature in such a way that the temperature remains at the optimum level in your home. It also helps in power regulation. Switch on the radiator, and it will absorb complete power until it attains the pre-defined temperature. Once it reaches the pre-defined temperature, the heater stops absorbing power. Now, fluid will expand or the metal plate will hold the heat, storing and gradually releasing the heat. The air around the heater will become warm, and will rise. Cool air will occupy its place, developing a convection current. This process repeats to make sure that warm air will circulate around the room.

Advantages of electric heating:
  • The thermostat is regulated individually to maintain different temperatures in different rooms.
  • Almost 100% efficient
  • On demand heating system – use the timer settings to switch it on or off as required
  • Low wasted energy and easy to work with
  • More efficient compared to storage heaters
  • Improved quality and reliability
  • Faster installation and low maintenance
  • Safe and clean

NOVEMBER'S TOP TIP: To calculate the Watts required for each radiator to heat the rooms in your property, input the room sizes and window type into our
Heat Calculator tool
. Calculate each room individually.