Electric heating myths debunked: EXPERT shares the truth about electric alternatives
Climate change, the energy crisis and government plans have driven the transition to greener energy sources for households across the UK. While there are a number of gas alternatives, choosing the right gas for your home can be tricky – especially when it comes to choosing a budget-friendly option. Express.de spoke to an expert to find out the truth about electric heating – and whether it might be right for your property.
Alternatives to gas boilers
Despite government efforts to promote air source heat pumps as viable replacements for gas boilers, enormous installation fees have raised major concerns over their use as the preferred gas substitute.
Cited in numerous reports as the reason for the proposed delay in banning gas boilers, air source heat pumps could switch to electric heating, says Keith Bastian, CEO of renewable energy provider Outfox the Market.
Despite concerns about price hikes and heat pumps circling the heating agenda, electric heating still doesn’t seem to be enough.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Keith said, “There are still many myths plagued by electric heating, but this commercially available and practically managed solution is in the hands of the UK public.”
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“Electric heating is too expensive”
The pre-installation costs for electric heaters are lower than other clean energy alternatives.
The installation costs are low as there are no:
- Pipe network
- Ventilation openings
Keith told Express, “Because electricity costs remain stable, it is easier to predict future bills, and with an energy conversion rate of 100 percent, there is no cost to energy that is never used.”
While the kilowatt measures of electric heating could cost a few properties more, the low price could be worthwhile in the colder months for the net zero emissions status of an electrically heated house.
“Electric heating is old technology”
Mobile apps and wireless thermostat controls are at the forefront of electric heating.
Modern dynamic storage radiators are now controlled remotely, so that your house heating can be monitored and controlled even when you are out and about.
Thermostatic controls can:
- Detect temperatures and automatically adjust them to your own heating preferences
- Give you more control over when to turn on your heating
- Reduce your bills significantly through energy efficiency
- Reduce CO2 emissions
Keith: “Individual energy-saving programs and WLAN connectivity are usually standard with electric heaters – this function would have to be retrofitted with other energy alternatives.”
“Electric heating is not efficient”
Due to the heat distribution, electric heating systems are much more efficient than heat pumps, gas and oil boilers.
A conventional heating system pushes warm air to the ceiling of the room so that cold air stays at seat height.
Dynamic electric heaters have gutters to suck the cold air from the floor and distribute the heat evenly from the floor to the ceiling.
The review by the Energy Saving Trust showed that electric heating systems produce more consistent indoor air temperatures as well as fuel savings.
“Electric heating requires investment in infrastructure”
Keith explained, “One of the reasons I’ve been advocating electric heating for more than a decade is because it is easy to install; You hardly need more than standard sockets and brackets. “
He argued that the government had helped consumers shy away from electric heating, adding, “Too many consumers think clean energy is costly and complex.
“This could be attributed to the high cost of installing heat pumps and the huge government spending on national infrastructure to implement them.”
Electric heating does not seem to be leading the way in gas alternatives yet, but is it just a matter of time?
Keith concluded, “Anyway, with over 25 years of surveying UK households, I firmly believe that the solution is to mix different forms of electric heating, not just heat pumps. It will never be one size. “