Why Use Electric Heating?
Electric boilers are a method of heating hot water for your heating system using only electricity. A typical boiler uses gas to heat the water, whilst an electric boiler can be used in off-grid areas or where a gas supply is either not wanted or not possible. Electric boilers can be mounted in houses, flats, hotels, restaurants, shops, supermarkets, offices, etc. with central heating system or water heating vat.
How do electric boilers work?
The boiler itself is very simple. It can come in various shapes and forms, but typically you will see a unit that has the water running through it, being heated via a heating element, just like you would a kettle. You will sometimes see long slim units that are designed to create maximum surface area to heat the water.
What are the advantages of electric boilers?
- Silent operation. As they have very few moving parts and don’t burn any fuel, you won’t hear it every time they start to heat water.
- Easy to service and maintain. Because they have very few moving parts, they are relatively easy, and therefore cheaper, to service.
- They can be fitted anywhere. They don’t need a flue, so you don’t have any worries about finding an outside wall if, for example you live in an apartment. There is also no need for any sort of fuel storage, as required by other alternatives such as biomass boilers.
- They are pretty compact. Even compared to most gas boiler systems, electric versions are small and neat, so even if you don’t have a lot of room to spare in your home they may still be installed.
- They are safer. Because they don’t burn any sort of solid fuel, they don’t produce any fumes or combustion gasses like carbon monoxide. These are extremely dangerous if they leak from a traditional boiler and build up in the house, but there’s no such risk with an electric boiler.
- There is no need for an annual safety certificate. Landlords who have gas or oil boilers installed must have them inspected yearly and a certificate issue to prove they aren’t emitting harmful gasses. As there are no emissions from an electric boiler, there is no need for the certificate and, come to that, no need for a service either.
- They can be linked to environmentally friendly electricity generation sources, such as solar panels. This can greatly reduce the electricity bills of the householder and benefit the environment as the system isn’t taking as much electricity, usually created by coal or gas fired power stations, from the grid.