Central Heating: Three Myths Debunked

Do you have central heating? Are you thinking of buying some new radiators and you're not sure whether to buy electric or central heating because you’ve begun to hear bad things about central heating? If so, you’ve come to the right place because, no doubt, you’ve probably fallen for one of the following three myths.

Across most comparisons, central heating radiators win out over electric radiators. Here, we are going to look at the issues in turn and provide you with some invaluable advice to help you understand the truth about central heating.

Myth 1: Electricity Will Soon Be Cheaper Than Gas So There’s No Point Buying Central Heating

OK, so this has some grain of truth to it. Gas prices are rising, and as renewable electricity become more commonplace, electricity prices are dropping. However, this will not affect your central heating just yet. There’s at least 2-decades worth of gas left at current prices.

Even when electricity overtakes gas, a simple modifications to transform your boiler from a gas heated to an electric heated (like a kettle) system will overcome this issue anyway and will work out cheaper than running each radiator off the electricity mains.

In other words, central heating is unlikely to change much over the coming years. The way that we heat the water might well change though.

Myth 2: The Bigger the Radiator, the More Heat It Can Produce

Again, this has some element of truth. Surface area has a direct impact on the amount of heat that a radiator can produce. The greater its surface is, the more heat it can produce. However, surface area and size aren’t necessarily correlated. If you take round top radiators in a dimension of “1.5m X 1.5m”, and compare them to flat panel radiators of “1.5m x 1.5m”, the round tops will produce more heat.

This is because they have a larger surface area as they are made up of multiple columns. A single panel radiator only has two sides, effectively, the front and the back. To increase the amount of heat the panel radiator produces, you could add some extra panels and convector fins. The same radiator would still be “1.5m x 1.5m”, but it would produce up to 5x as much heat because it has increased its surface area by up to 5x.

Myth 3: The Most Expensive Radiators Perform Best

This is often a myth and it’s because there’s a huge demand for designer radiators, which command the most amount of money. In other words, designer radiators are expensive – more expensive than traditional panel radiators or seam top radiators are.

The trick when choosing a radiator (if you're looking for performance that is) is to look at the descriptors and choose one that offers the most amount of heat for the least amount of energy, ensuring that you choose a unit that can provide your space with adequate amounts of heat.

We hope that we have helped you to dispel some of the myths around central heating and radiators.

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