Electric Heating Elements For A Greener Home

Posted: Friday, October 13, 2023

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As part of the government’s plan to achieve net zero, the gas boilers that heat our homes and water will be phased out by 2035. This paradigm shift towards low-carbon alternatives has made electric heating elements a promising choice for homeowners. All of Trads’ Cast Iron Radiators are compatible, meaning the switch to greener energy doesn’t have to be at the expense of style.

Heating Elements

How Do Heating Elements Work? 

A heating element is a device that converts electrical energy into thermal energy. As an electric current passes through heating elements, they encounter resistance and become very hot. This heat is distributed outwards in every direction. When installed inside a Cast Iron Radiator, electricity sourced from the home’s mains electric heats the element, which heats the water inside the radiator. This bypasses the need for gas powered central heating. Turning on a single radiator powered by an electric element is a cost-effective alternative to turning on the central heating system for the whole house. It also offers an easy-to-install solution for those not wanting to switch to a heat pump or biomass boiler in the lead up to 2035.  

Simple Installation 

Electric heating elements are easy to install, whether fitted as part of a new radiator purchase or as an addition to an existing Cast Iron Radiator. Unlike the complex and sometimes disruptive process of installing a gas boiler and radiators, electric elements can be easily incorporated into an existing heating system. This straightforward process may result in lower installation fees, although this depends on the company used. What’s more, electric elements do not require regular maintenance checks like gas boilers, which helps keep future costs to a minimum. 

Greener Heating

Most home heating in the UK uses natural gas, with boilers emitting twice as much carbon dioxide as all of the nation’s power stations combined. Switching to electric powered heating significantly reduces carbon output, paving the way towards a more sustainable future. Cast Iron Radiators boast exceptional thermal conductivity, meaning they give out heat long after they have been turned off. This means that Cast Iron models only need to run for a short time to provide warmth and comfort to a room. Electric heating elements are available in 4 different finishes (anthracite, gold, quartz or satin) and 3 output levels (1200, 1500 or 2000 Watts) to suit rooms of every size and style. 

Traditional Vs. Contemporary Models

Thanks to their timeless elegance and versatility, Cast Iron Radiators suit both classic and modern interior settings. Classic models align perfectly with period homes, however, intricate patterns and decorative finishes can also add a touch of old-world charm to contemporary spaces. Trads’ Anthracite Designer models act as statement pieces in modern interiors, where minimalism and industrial aesthetics often prevail. Available in over 500 colour options and finishes, Trads’ Radiators are an excellent choice for homeowners seeking a versatile heating solution that complements a variety of styles, whether traditional or cutting-edge. 

Contact Trads

With a future free from gas heating systems, electric heating elements are becoming a pivotal choice for homeowners wanting to reduce their carbon footprint. Don’t wait for 2035, create a greener home today. Visit Trads’ website to view the entire range of Cast Iron Radiators and explore how each model is made. To ensure that your radiator is long enough to accommodate the length of the electric element, call 01400 263320 or email sales@tradscastironradiators.co.uk.

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