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Energy Efficient Heating

This guide explores some of the key things you should look out for when choosing an energy efficient heating system. It’s important to choose the right types of radiators and heated towel rails to ensure your heating bills are manageable.

Energy Efficient Electric Radiators

Electric radiators are considered the most efficient radiators as almost all of the electricity used to power them is converted into heat. This is different from a central heating system, where water travels through a number of pipes to reach the radiators, thus losing valuable heat along the way.

Electric radiators tend to heat up faster than standard radiators, as there is no water that is pumped into all the radiators throughout your home, so you won’t be heating up rooms you don’t need to!

Are Electric Radiators Expensive to Run?

In the UK, electricity is more expensive than gas. This means that electric heating can be more expensive to run, but because of faster heat up times and more precise temperature controls, electric radiators can be more efficient than gas.

Dual Fuel Radiators

For efficient bathroom heating, we recommend choosing a dual fuel towel rail to ensure you have a better temperature control system. Dual fuel radiators can run independently from your central heating system, so in the summer when your radiators are off but your towels still need to be dried, you can run the towel rail using electricity. This means you won’t have to turn on your whole heating system just to warm the towel rail. 

Simply purchase a radiator with a compatible heating element and you’ll be able to reap the benefits of an efficient dual fuel radiator.

Aluminium Radiators

Some radiators are better at conducting heat than others. If you’re looking for a highly efficient radiator, opt for aluminium to achieve quick heat up times. This material requires less water than other radiator types, meaning your boiler won’t have to work as hard to achieve the desired temperature.

Double Panel Radiators

For highly efficient heating, we recommend investing in a double panel radiator to generate a higher heat output than just a single panel. These radiators have two panels on the outside which allows for more heat to be distributed around the room due to a higher surface area. Here are some of our top double panel radiators at Tap Warehouse:

Energy Efficient Boilers

Purchasing a more efficient boiler can save you money on your energy bills, so it’s important to choose the right option for your home. The most efficient type of boiler is an electric model, but these aren’t always suitable for larger homes, so the another good option is a combi boiler.

To keep your boiler working as it should, make sure you:

  • Top up the pressure when needed
  • Give it a layer of insulation
  • Have annual service checks
  • Turn the heating on throughout the year to prevent it seizing up
  • Keep it clean
  • Give it a power flush if necessary


Combi Boiler

Radiator Maintenance

To keep your radiators and towel rails working as efficiently as possible, it’s important to carry out the right maintenance to keep your house sufficiently warm!

Bleed Your Radiators

When air becomes trapped in your heating system, it can cause cold spots in your radiators. To prevent this, all you need to do is regularly bleed your radiators to improve the overall performance of your heating.

Flush Your Radiators

Rust and dirt particles can build up in your radiators creating sludge which also prevents your radiators from heating up properly. This sludge sinks to the bottom of your radiator, causing a cold bottom. Flushing your radiators is an easy way to solve this problem and will ensure that they’re working as they should.

When it comes to creating an energy efficient home, heating is the first place to start. Sensible choices and regular maintenance of your radiators will make sure they keep your house warm when you need it the most.

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