As our energy costs skyrocket, and those massive increases show no sign of slowing down, it’s never been a more opportune moment to check that your electric heating solution is the most energy efficient possible. While many may argue that there are now more efficient options than an electric heater, reality actually tells a different story – because there actually is nothing more efficient for powered heating than electricity. That’s because whatever electricity flows into the electric heating product, all of it – literally 100% – is turned into heat. Sure, an old electric heater may not be particularly efficient, but today’s 5 and 6-Star efficiency electric heater range are typically cheaper to run than a modern gas-powered equivalent – and puts out as much as 5 to 6 times less greenhouse emissions than similar technology from just a decade ago.
Of course, pairing that modern electric heater with good insulation and a draught-free space will ramp up that efficiency even more, but even more effective is to match the area you want to make cosy with the perfect product. And how is that achieved?
1. Measure the space
Rather than plonking any old sleek new electric heater in your space, take just a few moments to accurately measure the room you’ll be asking the product to heat up. And it’s as easy to do as multiplying the length by the width.
Up to 20m² – 1000-1500W electric heater
Up to 30m² – 2000-2500W
More than 30m² – 2500+W.
2. Consider portability
It’s tempting to look at the entire space you’ll be occupying and buy an electric heater powerful enough to reach every single corner. But today’s range of fully-portable electric heaters are superbly efficient and also extremely affordable – especially for a smaller space. So for those who spend most of their time in a single room – say, an office – a portable heater may suffice, as it will be just as capable of coming with you to heat the next space.
3. Prioritise energy-saving features
An electric heater’s efficiency rating depends on more than just innate efficiency when churning out maximum power. In fact, it is the lower power modes and smart, fully-programmable and adjustable thermostats that can make the biggest efficiency gains, as are features like thermal cut-out, timers, AI-powered self regulation and oscillation.
There’s also plenty we can do ourselves to complement the innate energy efficiency of our modern electric heater products, including:
- Keeping the heat setting at 20 C maximum
- Running a ceiling fan in reverse to circulate warm air
- Enclose rooms and only heat rooms that are occupied.
Also, don’t forget that spending a little more at the check-out can save you big in the long-term in terms of operating efficiency and also longevity, and take the time to consider whether the basic category of electric heater – including radiant, oil-filled, convection, ceramic-based and infrared technology – is best for your space and preferences. If you need a little guidance to match your space with the perfect energy efficient electric heater, our industry guides are standing by and more than happy to assist, or check out RS components today for a range of options!