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Heating - Commercial and Home Heating Guide

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Fan Heaters

Fan heaters, together with a bathroom extractor fan, are a great way to heat up your bathroom when the walls and shower area are covered in moisture, reducing the risk of mould and mildew collecting.

They are economical to run, cheap and easy to install and provide a safe and fast system of heating for your bathroom.

Most fan heaters in our range use pull cords to turn the fan on, as well as adjusting how much heat to give out, whilst others can be fitted into walls and units to provide heat in unobtrusive areas of the bathroom.

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Towel Rail Heater - Bathroom

Not only do our towel rails provide heat and warmth to your towels but they can offer a reasonable amount of heat to the entire bathroom too.

You can cut down on washing your towels so often and they give you the warmth and comfort of a warm towel when you have to step out of the shower on those freezing cold mornings.

All our towel rails have the versatility of having multiple rails so you can hang clothes as well as your bathroom towels, the slim design ensures that it won't impede space in any bathroom and most of them have no external controls meaning little intervention is needed for them with their built-in over temperature control and timer.

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Underfloor Heating

Underfloor heating is a great way to provide heat in your kitchen, bathroom, conservatory, lounge or extension. The thermostat accompanied by suitable underfloor heating boards ensures that you can control the temperature whilst the boards retain the heat for longer. Depending on the type of insulation used, it can take between 30 minutes to an hour to warm up.

Underfloor heating is efficient. It operates at lower temperature, radiant heat emitted is warm to the touch and heats surfaces (and people) within a short range of the floor. This means less heat is wasted trying to heat the air higher up where it is not required. Contrary to popular belief, you can use underfloor heating in the upstairs rooms too. As long as there is an adequate electrical supply then you are good to go.

In terms of cost efficiency, whilst it is very hard to generalise, underfloor heating can be fairly low to run. Per square metre, a new building would cost around £3-4 to run a year, therefore a hundred square metre area of underfloor heating would cost between £300-400 a year to run. A well planned installation that does not waste heat under cabinets, baths and kitchen cupboards can further reduce overall costs.

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Aluminium Thrermal Electrical Radiators

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Aluminium thermal electric radiators are the latest electric heating technology. Easy and cost effective installation, highly energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing.

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Electric Storage Heaters

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Electric storage heaters use inexpensive off peak electricity to store heat in a core of high density bricks. This heat is then given out during the day and evening. Insulation panels between the bricks and the outer core ensure there is plenty of heat all day long.

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Panel and Convector Heaters

These heaters work by sucking in the cold air in the room and replacing it with warmer air. Most suited to larger rooms in the home, they can be used in conservatories and bedrooms too but they're most commonly used to heat up the most used areas of the house i.e. the lounge. There is a range of controls available from timers, thermostats to a combination of the two or whole house controls in a central location.

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Dual Heat Heaters

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The secret to the Dual Heat heaters are their intelligent use of energy, ensuring plenty of heat is available right through the day, while keeping running costs low. Uniquely, DuoHeat achieves this by providing heat from 2 separate, fully automatically controlled sources. Energy from low cost electricity tariffs (normally available at night) is retained in the heart of the heater and radiates from the casing throughout the day to provide heat input in to the room, while heat from the second heat source, a convector, can be used for any extra heat requirements or for a top up if necessary.

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Portable Heaters

Portable heaters can be invaluable in the home when you want a quick fix of heat in a room. The best thing about these types of heaters is their versatility. You can transform your bedroom from bitterly cold to gloriously warm in just 10 minutes, heat a shed/club house for when you're doing some DIY projects in the winter or you could position them next to clothes to dry them quicker - saving on the cost of using a tumble dryer. However, they are unsuitable for clothes draped over them.

All our range of portable heaters feature a safety cut-out and can be either wall mounted or freestanding. The oil-filled heaters can control the temperature of the entire room at a touch of a button and does not dry the air like some portable heaters tend to do.

In addition, they all require little to no maintenance to run - just plug it in and get warm.

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Outdoor Heaters

Perfect for when you have garden parties in colder weather or placed in beer gardens, our range of outdoor portable heaters will supply a large amount of heat in most weather conditions whilst supplying almost no noise.

The reinforced safety glass makes them safe for young children to be around and make them more durable if accidentally dropped or knocked around.

In addition, you can mount them on walls near the patio, shed or even the entrance to a conservatory for a constant supply of heat in one area.

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Electric Heaters

As with many of our products, these heaters are very versatile in where they can be put. They are ideal for a lounge as they are slimline for an unobtrusive appearance whilst providing a great source of heat. They can be used in bedrooms, kitchens and studies.

Low wattage panel heaters are best used domestically. Many heaters have optional external panel controls that can be purchased for greater control.

Covering these heaters should be avoided as they greatly restrict the airflow as well as being a potential fire hazard to the home – but perhaps a towel rail or electric radiator may be what you require if you want to cover heaters?

The future of electric heating dictates that they will become more popular due to the demand of low carbon energy sources. In addition, due to their easy installation they won't require drastic interior refurbishment to accommodate them.

To ensure that they are being used cost efficiently, try and keep them on a low setting overnight and off during the day. Heating generally costs less overnight and a low sustained temperature will be more beneficial when you wake up in the morning.

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Aluminium Thrermal Electrical Radiators

aluminium radiator

Aluminium thermal electric radiators are the latest electric heating technology. Easy and cost effective installation, highly energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing.

Click here for a full range of Aluminium electric radiators

 

Electric Storage Heaters

aluminium radiator

Electric storage heaters use inexpensive off peak electricity to store heat in a core of high density bricks. This heat is then given out during the day and evening. Insulation panels between the bricks and the outer core ensure there is plenty of heat all day long.

Click here for a full range of Electric storage heaters

 

Dual Heat Heaters

aluminium radiator

The secret to the Dual Heat heaters are their intelligent use of energy, ensuring plenty of heat is available right through the day, while keeping running costs low. Uniquely, DuoHeat achieves this by providing heat from 2 separate, fully automatically controlled sources. Energy from low cost electricity tariffs (normally available at night) is retained in the heart of the heater and radiates from the casing throughout the day to provide heat input in to the room, while heat from the second heat source, a convector, can be used for any extra heat requirements or for a top up if necessary.

Click here for a full range of our Dual Heat Heaters

 

Panel and Convector Heaters

These heaters work by sucking in the cold air in the room and replacing it with warmer air. Most suited to larger rooms in the home, they can be used in conservatories and bedrooms too but they're most commonly used to heat up the most used areas of the house i.e. the lounge. There is a range of controls available from timers, thermostats to a combination of the two or whole house controls in a central location.

Click here for a full range of our convector radiators

 

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Air Curtains and Barriers

Air curtains or barriers can be easily mounted above doorways that are constantly left open to block cold air from getting in, which makes them perfect for retail and other commercial locations with a high footfall. They also help to cut energy costs by keeping the warm air inside so you don't need to have the heating on so high or for so long.

Click here for a full range of our air curtains and barriers

Fan Heaters

Fan heaters, together with a bathroom extractor fan, are a great way to heat up your bathroom when the walls and shower area are covered in moisture, reducing the risk of mould and mildew collecting.

They are economical to run, cheap and easy to install and provide a safe and fast system of heating for your bathroom.

Most fan heaters in our range use pull cords to turn the fan on, as well as adjusting how much heat to give out, whilst others can be fitted into walls and units to provide heat in unobtrusive areas of the bathroom.

Click here for a full range of our fan heaters

 

Infra-Red Heaters

Quartz or ceramic infra-red heaters provide instant heat to the surrounding area. They are a far more economical alternative to heaters which aim to increase the overall ambient temperature, instead providing warmth only to the immediate area where it is needed.

They are a popular choice for bars and restaurants with outdoor seating, and are also a great choice for other commercial or industrial environments such as warehouses where it would be unpractical to heat the entire area; instead, infra-red heaters can be used to warm just the loading bays, workstations or other areas where there are usually people.

Click here for a full range of our quartz and ceramic infra-red heaters

There are a vast array of different types of heaters you can buy that operate for specific areas of the home. Here is some general advice for our entire heater range.

  • It is recommended any installation or fitting is carried out by a professional in order to guarantee efficient use of the heating you have purchased. This especially applies to underfloor heating. Where a portable heater is purchased to plug in to a mains 13a socket, this does not require professional installation but care should be taken of the maximum load and under no circumstances should portable heaters be plugged in to extension sockets, the heaters load is too large for the socket. If a heater is a fixed installation product (no plug on the end and requires a fused connection unit to connect to the mains electricity) then the services of a professional electrician should be used to complete installation.
  • Look out for the maximum output (wattage) of each heater (located on product pages) as the higher the output, the more heat that product will give out, but so too will the cost of running the heater. Depending on the situation, the electrical cable supplying the heater may need to be upgraded.
  • Variable thermostats are present on most heaters which mean you can control the temperature of a room without it getting too hot, too cold and too costly.
  • Modern electric heaters are becoming vastly more efficient than a few years ago. A mix of improved technology and higher efficiency mean less powerful heaters are necessary to maintain a comfortable level of heat. This helps keep installation costs to a minimum.
  • Modern electric heaters are flexible. They can easily be retro fitted to an existing installation to either; improve the existing heating, add to the existing heating for extensions, conservatory's, etc., or be used to increase the total output of the existing heating system. This can often be achieved without excessive upheaval to the existing décor.
  • Modern electric heaters are green. A house that makes use of low carbon energy sources; solar, ground source, wind turbine, etc. can then use the green energy to supply electric heaters.

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