Electric radiators vs storage heaters

Choosing a new heating system for your home can be confusing. In this guide, we’ll compare ELKATHERM® electric radiators and storage heaters.
  • Posted by Emily Jade
  • 8 min read (1009 words)
  • Last updated 05 Mar, 2024

Choosing a new heating system for your home can be confusing. In this guide, we’ll compare ELKATHERM® electric radiators and storage heaters.

Electric radiators

ELKATHERM® electric radiators aren’t your average heaters: they’re sleek, stylish, and smart. With their German-engineered design and innovative heating technology, ELKATHERM® radiators bring both comfort and efficiency to your home.

Electric radiator advantages

ELKATHERM® radiators are like the superheroes of heating:

  • Ceramic fireclay core

The heart of every ELKATHERM® radiator heats to its optimum working temperature in minutes and stays warm for hours with minimal top-ups, typically taking only 15-17 minutes of electricity for every hour it’s turned on.

  • German A++ energy efficiency rating

German engineering at it’s best: ELKATHERM® radiators boast a European A++ ErP rating, which means they are at least 20% more efficient than a standard A-rated appliance.

  • Designed to stand out or blend in

ELKATHERM® electric radiators are available in over 60 shapes and sizes, and around 200 colour options. There’s vertical radiators, radiators for conservatories, radiators for bathrooms – the possibilities are endless.

  • No cold spots

Each radiator boasts an intelligent fluted design that both radiates and convects heat evenly, so you’re not left with any cold spots.

  • Market-leading guarantee

ELKATHERM® electric radiators feature a 25-year guarantee on the internal heat core, with a 4-year guarantee on electrical components.

  • Precise temperature control

You can choose the exact temperature you desire for each room, making chilly corners a thing of the past. Instant warmth, how you want it. You could even control your heating remotely with our new smartphone app!

Storage heaters

Storage radiators are a longstanding fixture in many homes. They store heat during off-peak hours and release it when needed. While they have served households well over the years, they have become outdated and do not meet the energy-efficient needs of modern life.

Storage heater limitations

Storage heaters are a relic of the past, and do not meet today’s standards:

  • Reliance on Economy 7

Storage heaters rely on time-of-use electricity tariffs, such as Economy 7. These tariffs provide cheaper electricity rates during off-peak hours, often overnight, and higher rates during peak hours. This can make the heating schedule of storage heaters inflexible, as it’s based on the off-peak electricity hours. If your storage heater doesn’t have sufficient stored heat to adequately warm your home during these peak hours, you’ll be left cold or out of pocket.

  • Slow to heat up

Storage heaters can take a significant amount of time to reach their optimal temperature, leaving you cold while you wait for them to heat up.

  • Inefficient energy usage

Unlike ELKATHERM® electric radiators, which heat up quickly and efficiently, storage heaters can often consume more energy during the heating process, leading to higher energy bills.

  • No precise temperature control

Storage heaters often lack precise temperature control, making it difficult to adjust the heat output according to specific room needs.

  • Limited design options

Storage heaters typically offer very limited design choices, lacking versatility and aesthetic appeal. The older, more traditional storage heaters are often very large and clunky, wasting space in your home.

  • Uneven heating

Due to their design and slower heating process, storage heaters may give an uneven distribution of heat, leaving some areas of the room colder than others.

Removing old storage heaters

Storage heaters just can’t keep up with the efficiency and convenience of ELKATHERM® electric radiators. They’re bulky, take a long time to warm up, and let’s face it – aren’t the nicest things to look at. With ELKATHERM®, you’ll enjoy instant warmth, customisable heating schedules, and a sleek, modern design that complements any room.

We provide a complete turnkey service – we’ll remove your old storage heaters and replace them with our state-of-the-art ELKATHERM® electric radiators. No mess, no fuss.

Electric radiator maintenance

ELKATHERM® electric radiators are low maintenance – they just need a quick wipe down every now and then to remove any dust and keep them performing their best. There’s no need for regular servicing or fussing around with complicated maintenance routines!

Upfront costs

Electric radiators may have a slightly higher upfront cost compared to storage heaters, but they’re worth every penny. With their energy efficiency and long-term saving potential, they’re a worthy investment.

Electric radiators versus storage heaters

While both have their merits, ELKATHERM® electric radiators shine bright as the ultimate heating solution for modern homes. Say goodbye to chilly nights and hello to warmth, comfort, and savings with electric radiators. Ready to make the switch? Get in touch today.

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