With ever advancing technology and so many options available to us, heating our homes and offices has never been more complicated. Currently, in the UK, most homes use conventional gas central heating, as this has always been seen as the cheapest option. This may no longer be true as technological advances make electric heating options a much more viable and efficient solution. Electric heating has evolved to be an extremely energy-efficient alternative to gas and because of this, the market has seen a huge shift away from gas towards the renewable electric alternatives.
Historically, electric heating has always been considered more expensive than gas. This is due, largely, to old inefficient storage heaters, old style panel heaters and electric bar fires. New smart storage heaters, such as Dimplex Quantum, smart clay core, oil filled and panel heaters have changed this perception. There are now, also, special tariffs which make running electric heating much more affordable.
Gas is a fossil fuel, which means burning it to generate heat releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere. This is why heating is the biggest source of CO2 from most homes, outweighing any other CO2-emitting activities, such as driving or flying and makes heating our homes responsible for around 15% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Changing your home heating to electric can help reduce the impact of home heating on the environment.
Legislation & Government objectives
Because of this, from 2025 new properties won’t be allowed to have gas boilers. And if we’re to help the UK reach its Net Zero carbon emissions target by 2050, older properties will need to eventually switch to electric heating or alternatives. The environmental impact of gas is a perfect reason to think about switching to electric heating or alternatives
Recent technological advances have greatly impacted the electric heating market. Gone are the days of a simple on/off switch and basic high/low temperature control. Nowadays, electric heaters boast abilities such as open window sensor functions, smart home abilities compatible with smart products like ALEXA and your smartphone, low surface temperature settings to protect from scalding, 7 day programmable capabilities, predictive warm-up times and eco settings to reduce the cost of heating your home.
Narrow profile design and vertical units suit limited wall space, without losing the heat output of larger heaters on the market. Modern electric heaters are also available in different colours and even bespoke designs to blend in with any decor. At Greenvision, we believe that heating should be an integral part of your home, not just a practical and necessary accessory, and a way to transform your space into a comfortable and stylish area. That’s why we have introduced the new DESIGNLINE collection of designer radiators and towel rails.