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Cost of Living: Which Radiators Are Most Efficient?

Aluminium Radiators

Lightweight, Powerful and Efficient

If you're seeking rapid warmth without breaking the bank, aluminium radiators should be on your radar. These lightweight wonders heat up quickly and efficiently, and they often have a higher heat output than a steel model of a comparable size. 

Thanks to aluminium's impressive heat conduction properties, these radiators distribute warmth evenly throughout a room, ensuring you don't have to wait long for that cosy feeling. They also have a sleek design that complements modern interiors.

Invest in our popular Thetford range and save money in the long run!

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Double Panel Radiators

Low Upfront Cost and Powerful Heat Retention

Double panel radiators are a smart heating choice, especially for large rooms that need strong and consistent warmth. These radiators use two panels with one (type 21) or two (type 22) sets of convector fins in between to create a larger surface area for heat emission. 

The convector fins increase surface area without the need for a lot more water in the radiator , making it easy to keep an ideal room temperature without overspending on gas. They might use slightly more energy while warming up compared to an aluminium radiator, but the extra warmth they offer can mean you’re reducing your overall energy spend.

Starting at £37, the Type 22 K-Rad offers impressive heat output and a modest initial investment. Feeling fancy? Go for the modern design of the K-Flat Premium.

Electric Radiators

Eco-Friendly, Programmable and Progressive

Electric radiators are the go-to option when you want to heat specific rooms without wasting energy on central heating you don’t need. These radiators offer precise temperature control, allowing you to create heating zones within your home. 

With options like programmable timers and thermostats, you can fine-tune your heating schedule to match your daily routine. Though electric heating typically has higher bills, the level of control ensures you're only using energy where and when you need it. Make a saving by keeping your central heating switched off during the summer months and heating an electric towel rail.

Explore our range of electric radiators, including the ultra-efficient Zennor curved towel rail.

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Dual Fuel Radiators

Versatile and Cost-Efficient

Picture this: a heating system that adapts to the seasons, combining the efficiency of central heating with the flexibility of electric. If that sounds like a bit of you, you’ll want to check out our dual fuel towel rails

These radiators can be connected to both your central heating system and your electric supply. During colder months, they function like traditional radiators, utilising your central heating. In milder weather, when you're looking to warm up a specific area without powering up the entire system, you can switch to electric mode. 

This versatility ensures you're only using energy as necessary and ultimately reducing your heating costs.

Have we piqued your interest? Check out one of our most popular models, the Agar Anthracite Dual-Fuel Towel Rail.

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Unlock Efficiency and Savings

Choosing the right radiator can be a game-changer when it comes to managing energy costs. Whether you opt for the rapid warmth of aluminium radiators, the extra comfort of double panel models, the zoning capabilities of electric heaters, or the versatility of dual fuel, there are savings to be made.

Navigate the Cost of Living Crisis With the Right Radiator for Your Home

As you weigh your choices, it’s important to consider the specific heating needs of your home and how your daily routine fits in. Use our new and improved BTU calculator, RADSIZER®, to calculate the exact heat output required for your space! With its precise calculations, you’ll avoid wasting money generating more heat than you need.

It can be tempting to go for the cheapest radiator that meets your heat output requirements. But different types of radiator will affect your bills in different ways and going for a higher-quality model can save you money in the long run. Ultimately, it’s about finding the right fit for you and your home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is the cheapest type of radiator to run: gas or electric?

Central heating radiators are typically cheaper to run than electric options. Essentially, gas has a lower cost per unit of heat generated, so it’s usually going to be more cost-effective, especially when it comes to larger rooms. That said, electric radiators can save you money by enabling you to heat specific zones within your home.

What types of radiator are best for the environment?

Aluminium radiators are considered one of the best options for the environment. Because they heat up quickly and require less water, your boiler doesn't have to work as hard so your greenhouse gas emissions will be lower. Electric radiators powered by renewable energy sources are incredibly environmentally friendly, as they eliminate the need for fossil fuels.

Is the government going to ban central heating radiators?

The short answer is no! The UK government intends to ban the installation of gas boilers in new-build homes from 2025. However, there are no plans to ban gas boilers at large. Also, most central heating radiators can be connected to modern, environmentally friendly systems like heat pumps.

To see more energy-efficient radiators, check out our aluminium and dual fuel ranges!

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