How do I choose an electric radiator?
Electric Heating provides many options, with choices of design, colour, style, shape, and some amazing features to include or rule out. Here we help you understand which electric radiator is best suited for you.
Choosing an electric radiator can seem a complex task, with so many different types available. Compared with the primitive fossil fuel heating, where you have only one shape, design and style.
Use our Electric Radiator comparison page to find the best electric radiators for your needs, complete with ratings and reviews. We sort the best from the rest to help you choose the perfect heating solution. Here is a quick and easy explanation into all the available features, so you can have maximum benefit for your home and family or your business premises.
LCD Built-In 7/7 program & Control
Does each electric radiator have its own built-in digital programmer to set an individual program for each room, each zone?
YES, every electric heater has a built-in lcd digital programmer and can be on or off or set to a different temperature in every individual room.
Smart Wireless Control
Can each radiator be controlled by Wi-Fi, so you can turn them on or off, up or down, without being in the house?YES, they can be controlled in 3 different ways. Via a cloud based application that connects each wifi radiator to MySense APP on your smartphone, iPad or Computer, and keeps track of your energy use in each room minute by minute. The Smart App then makes useful suggestions to you by newsfeed, for saving energy and reducing costs.
Example: The bathroom towel heater is switched on every day from 8am to 5pm, would you like us to turn it off after 9.03 am and back on again at 4.09pm?
Can each electric radiator be controlled using your smartphone, iPad or laptop? Not just the whole system, but every individual radiator?
YES. Every single radiator can be controlled separately with our Mysense free App. Not like the box on the wall for gas heating which can only turn the boiler on or off, up or down – and then EVERY radiator must be on or off. With IntelliHeat, this is not the case, and every radiator can be controlled to a specific temperature or switched off while keeping the other radiators switched on.
Open Window or Door Detection Energy Savings
Can each electric radiator detect if a window or door is left open, and shut down the radiator to prevent wasting energy?
YES. The sudden drop in temperature is detected by each programmer and will automatically switch off the radiators concerned, to avoid wasting energy. This is vital when someone leaves the bedroom window open and then goes out all day. Or in a large office building, when Mr Jones goes home early on Friday and leaves the office window open all weekend. The intelligent eco sensor will react to any temperature variations in each room, if a door or window is open and cold air rushes in, the intelligent radiator will react to this temperature change and will not switch on again until the temperature stabilises, indicating that the door or window has been closed.
Dual Optimisation Feature
Can each electric radiator give optimum energy savings in comfort mode and in eco mode?
YES, the dual function controls mean you can decide to prioritise comfort or eco savings. In eco savings mode, the radiator will slightly reduce the temperature at the start and end of each heating time period, for example: Select a programme with comfort temperatures from 6am to 8am, 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 10 pm. The smart electric radiator will then automatically operate in eco-energy savings mode in between those times, giving you the lowest possible energy use every day. The times can be changed to suit your family lifestyle and will react to the changing temperatures outside.
Occupancy Detection Self-Learning Feature
Can each radiator detect the presence of people and save energy when no one is home?
YES. The infrared detector on the front of every radiator will detect the movement of people in the room and the non-movement when no one is home. When there is an absence of movement, the temperature will slowly decrease – saving energy and reducing your heating bills while no one is home.
For the first 7 days, every radiator will memorise your family lifestyle and habits to calculate a 7-day programme to give you maximum comfort while you are home and maximum savings while you are not. Perhaps you visit the gym every Friday before getting home, so the radiators will delay switching on until 20 minutes before you arrived home the Friday before. It constantly learns your behaviors and constantly adjusts to give you maximum energy savings, hour by hour and day by day. Walking the dog every morning for 30 minutes, the temperatures will automatically switch to eco-saving, and back again to comfort temperature when you return from your walk.
Electric Radiators User Profile Settings
Can each electric radiator act differently for business settings and domestic settings?
YES. You can choose from your House, Public Building, Hotel or Office profile settings and the radiator will then behave slightly differently. For example; the office and public building setting will revert to eco-energy savings after 5 pm every day and all weekend, but the home and hotel settings will use eco savings during the day and comfort heating settings after 5 pm and at weekends. The fine-tuning of each room will be done constantly, as each radiator leans from the behaviour in the room during the week before and will adjust its programme accordingly to react to occupancy and repeating patterns of use. Operating Modes: Auto, Comfort, Eco, Frost Protection, Standby
Preventing Unintentional Temperature Changes
Each electric radiator has a function to prevent users from changing the heat setting above or below your desired temperature. This means that in Hotels and Offices, you can prevent users from setting their room from extremely high or low temperatures, causing frost problems or energy wastage. For example: Set the maximum temperature to 23.2 degrees and the minimum temperature to 17.5 degrees, giving the user a full range of personal choice in between these temperatures.
Does each radiator have a built-in wi-fi option, so you can view your system online, turning up or down each radiator as needed, without needing to be in the property?
YES. Via an APP on your smartphone, or on a cloud-based Dashboard on your phone, iPad or computer. Each iSense radiator has its own wi-fi connection to the cloud and will send details of its working temperatures in real time to the cloud-based dashboard. This means you can control every room in real time – without leaving your chair. Vital for managing a Hotel, public building or offices. No need to be on site or to walk from room to room turning on or off radiators.
Can each electric radiator know that no one is in the room every Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm, and then suggest to you via an email that this radiator turns itself off at this time every week?
YES, the radiator can detect when there is no movement in the room and will then suggest a possible energy saving to you by sending you an email asking if you wish the programme to self-adjust to save you energy at these times. This latest generation IntelliHeat systems are further equipped with motion sensors which can override the heating programmes where the room remain unoccupied for a pre-set duration.
REAL-TIME Energy monitoring
Is there an online dashboard where you can view the output and energy use of each radiator at any time of day, any minute of the day?
YES, no matter where you are in the world, if you have a Wi-Fi signal, you can see exactly how much energy each room in your property is using right NOW.
Child lock/Child Protection
Is there a child lock on the controls, so that a child cannot press buttons and turn it up to full blast at 30 degrees all night without your knowledge?
YES, A simple child lock setting will give each radiator a maximum or minimum temperature setting, so no-one can waste energy by turning it up to 29 degrees. Useful for Hotels, Guest Houses, Holiday Homes and all commercial offices and public buildings.
Does each electric radiator have a ‘holiday mode’ option, where you can set a minimum temperature to prevent freezing or condensation while you are away?
YES, while you are away skiing, the ‘holiday mode’ can be set to keep a maximum and minimum temperature that you decide for your property and for each room individually.
Does each separate radiator have a BOOST option, where you can quickly override the normal programme and boost the heating temperature right away? YES, this gives a fast reaction to a change in the weather, without needing to re-programme each radiator.
I-Sense electric radiators App
Does each smart wi-fi electric radiator have the capacity to be controlled INDIVIDUALLY from our Mysense a secure CLOUD-based App, from your Smartphone, iPad or Computer? YES. Cali-Sense radiators provide a total knowledge of the real-time energy consumption in every room. You can see immediately if ‘Jane’ has turned her radiator on full while you are away.
Colour Choice, Shape Choice, Image/Picture Choice.
Can you choose EXACTLY the colour and shade of each radiator? And select any image, picture or photograph to be imposed onto it. YES. With our Creative radiators range , you can match your interior design colour scheme, or use only round or oval shaped radiators, or decide to have a portrait of the queen imposed onto your dining hall radiator installed at eye level on the feature wall.
Keep Your Electric Heating System When You Move
Can you take each radiator with you when you move, just by unplugging it and lifting it off two wall brackets? YES. With any IntelliHeat radiator, you can take them with you to a new property and move them around when you build an extension or change the interior design. There are NO PIPES or WIRES to be uninstalled in any walls, ceilings or floors.
Complies with Eco-Design ‘LOT 20’ 2018 Legislation
Must important. Does each radiator comply FULLY with the ECO-DESIGN and LOT 20 Legislation? YES, including the Towel Rail Heaters. Housing Associations, Local Authorities, Architects and Builders can use these radiators when compliance is a requirement of their contract.
10 Year Guarantee
Is every radiator automatically covered by its own 10-year guarantee, giving you instant peace of mind and reducing your maintenance costs and additional insurance policies costs?YES. There is no boiler to be repaired or maintained or serviced and every radiator has its own ten-year guarantee, giving you peace of mind and a ZERO MAINTENANCE BILL for the next TEN YEARS.
Position Above Sofa
Can this radiator be positioned effectively above the back of the sofa, delivering efficient RADIANT heat, and not restricted to floor level like the old-fashioned fossil fuel convection heat systems which heat the air at floor level?
YES. Radiant heat uses less energy than convection heat and installing them at chest height means your valuable wall space can be free for your furniture and interior design.
Fully Installed in 1 Hour
Can each radiator be fully installed inside an hour, using just 4 screws and 2 brackets and plugging into the nearest household socket?
YES. You do not need any special tools, or special training courses, or any specially certified installers. Just a drill, rawlplug and four screws are all that is needed. One man can install a complete house in half a day.
No Pipes Installation
Does each radiator require any building works, floors to be lifted, pipes to be installed, ceilings opened, cavity walls cut, or brickwork added?
NO. Nothing like this is needed at all. Just a wall space, a drill, and a screwdriver are all that is needed.
Fuel Poverty Vs Eco Designed Heating systems
In a time when the scourge of fuel poverty shows little sign of abating, many tenants huddle around cheap, inefficient, and often dangerous single electric heaters. This seems particularly relevant with the original reasons for the existence of SAP.
The Intelliheat system overcomes this problem by allowing tenants to choose which individual room they wish to heat, at what time, and at what temperature, accurate to one tenth of a degree. Some of the main Ecodesign features enabling this are individual room zoning, occupancy detection, ultra-fast heating response, and the most advanced electronic control systems on the market.