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    • Phil in York
    • By Phil in York 13th Mar 17, 7:01 PM
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    Modern Electric Radiators Any good?
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    • 13th Mar 17, 7:01 PM
    Modern Electric Radiators Any good? 13th Mar 17 at 7:01 PM
    I know that the overall consensus is that electric heating is expensive, but as we have no gas supply and have no other choice, I was wondering if any of you have any experience with modern electric radiators such as the Haverland Designer RC Wave RC9W. (Can't link as I'm new...)

    We live in a two-bed flat which was built around 10 years ago. The insulation is OK (not great but not bad), but we're stuck with a couple of unsightly and not especially efficient Sunhouse storage heaters to heat the place. As you'll know, storage heaters charge overnight and release heat during the day, but even when we set the 'output' to the lowest setting, we rarely have enough heat left in the internal bricks to heat our living room in the evenings. The mornings are lovely and warm, but by 3 or 4pm, it's all gone.

    So, I know electric radiators are more costly, but I'm wondering if we might be better off using them as and when we need them since, right now, we're paying to heat our home during the day when we're not even in. Plus, they'd look a lot nicer than our current enormous, yellowing storage heaters...

    Have any of you used these kinds of radiators? If so, what are your thoughts?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
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    • daveyjp
    • By daveyjp 13th Mar 17, 8:06 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:06 PM
    "Latest Energy Efficient Dry Thermal Technology"

    Marketing BS trying to justify the 350 price tag.

    2kw heaters can be purchased for 50 and they are just as efficient, i.e. 100% of power produces heat.
    • matelodave
    • By matelodave 13th Mar 17, 8:14 PM
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    You can pay silly amounts for a Haverland Designer Radiator or pay around 50-100 for a radiator/panel heater from Argos, B&Q or anywhere else. Even a 10 fan heater will do the same.
    You'll get exactly the same amount of heat and they'll cost exactly the same amount to run as well and they'll all use peak rate electricity.

    All electrical heating is 100% efficient so do not believe the hype. Magic dust, magic clay, magic bricks or magic fluid will not make them produce more heat nor will it make them cost less to run.

    Storage heaters on E7 will always be cheaper to run than heaters on peak rate leccy
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    • footyguy
    • By footyguy 13th Mar 17, 8:58 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:58 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:58 PM
    I know that the overall consensus is that electric heating is expensive, but as we have no gas supply and have no other choice, I was wondering if any of you have any experience with modern electric radiators such as the Haverland Designer RC Wave RC9W. (Can't link as I'm new...)

    We live in a two-bed flat which was built around 10 years ago. The insulation is OK (not great but not bad), but we're stuck with a couple of unsightly and not especially efficient Sunhouse storage heaters to heat the place. As you'll know, storage heaters charge overnight and release heat during the day, but even when we set the 'output' to the lowest setting, we rarely have enough heat left in the internal bricks to heat our living room in the evenings. The mornings are lovely and warm, but by 3 or 4pm, it's all gone.

    So, I know electric radiators are more costly, but I'm wondering if we might be better off using them as and when we need them since, right now, we're paying to heat our home during the day when we're not even in. Plus, they'd look a lot nicer than our current enormous, yellowing storage heaters...

    Have any of you used these kinds of radiators? If so, what are your thoughts?

    Thanks in advance for your help.
    Originally posted by Phil in York
    All electric haeters are 100% efficient.

    The only difference is whether or not you pay full price electricity or approx half price electricity NSHs use - that's why they were invented!

    If you are sure you are using your existing NSHs correctly, and they are not heating the property sufficiently, then it sounds like they were incorrectly sized when installed.

    Get a professional around to advise on the sizing of the existing heaters, and whether or not additinal ones are needed for your property.
    • phillw
    • By phillw 14th Mar 17, 2:03 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 2:03 PM
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    • 14th Mar 17, 2:03 PM
    The insulation is OK (not great but not bad)
    Originally posted by Phil in York
    What makes you say it's not great? If you made it great then would you need to deal with the heating issue?
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