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Electric boilers provide a viable alternative to the more conventional gas or oil burning models. If using gas is not an option for your household, you don’t have to worry about having a cold home. An electric boiler has its own benefits—learn more about them here!
There are quite a few electric boilers to choose from, and even more suppliers and installers to call. Fortunately, there’s a way to make your search much easier. Acquire and compare 5 central heating quotes and you’ll be able to identify the right electric boiler for you. It’s quick, easy, and could reduce your electric boiler costs by about 40%. Together with prices, you have the opportunity to examine services and ask heating companies about your uncertainties.
An electric boiler does what it says on the tin—it uses electricity to boil water. Much like a gas or oil boiler, it heats up water which runs through your radiators and provides space heating. The taps in your kitchen and bathrooms also draw from the hot water produced from the boiler. However, it uses electricity as its power source.
There’s even more variety with electric boilers
Shopping around, you’re likely to run into a few different types of electric boilers.
Direct acting electric boiler: A heating element warms up cold water using electrical resistance. It is the simplest form of electric boiler and is easy to install. Direct acting boilers heat water on demand, just like a combi boiler. However, you cannot take advantage of nighttime Economy 7 tariffs.
Storage electric boiler: These boilers have hot water tanks, either built into the unit itself or separate. Since they can store hot water, you can heat water during the night when electricity rates are cheaper. This kind of boiler takes up more space and is more expensive than simpler models.
For people whose homes that don’t have a gas connection or are unable to install an oil tank, going electric might be the solution to your heating needs. Electricity is generally considered to be more eco-friendly than other boiler fuels as it doesn’t create additional waste gases. Electric boilers are also extremely efficient; they usually reach ratings of 99% or higher.
Installation of an electric boiler is easier than gas or oil boilers. There are fewer components required for a heating system with an electric boiler. For that reason, the labour and installation costs tend to be lower. Other benefits include the fact that electric boilers are relatively quiet and compact.