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What Are the Advantages of Central Heating Compared to Electric Radiators?

Many people claim that central heating provides superior heating to electric heating; but are they correct? We are going to explore this claim below. As always, the truth of the matter depends on the circumstances and needs of the room.


The Cost

The primary concern with the difference between central heating and electric heating is cost. Here are a few things to note:


  1. Central heating can be very expensive if you need to install a new system. If the property does not have central heating, then it will cost around £10K to have it installed.


That’s a lot of money, and you're only likely to breakeven on the cost compared to electricity after a decent amount of time has passed – something like 20-years, but with electricity becoming ever cheaper, it could be closer to 50-years, and maybe even never if the cost of electricity drops below gas prices.


This is probably going to happen in the coming decades as renewable energy becomes ever cheaper.


However, if you're installing it in a house that you wish to sell, the presence of central heating can actually increase the value of the property. In this case, you could even make money by installing central heating, as it will increase the property value. You need to have a valuator assess the property to find out exactly how much you might make/save.



  1. If the central heating has already been installed, then there’s no doubt about it: central heating radiators are cheaper to run than electric radiators…for now. As mentioned above, as renewable energy becomes cheaper to make, the cost of electricity will come down, and it may even drop below gas prices, making central heating more expensive than electric heating.


The Risks

Both central heating and electric radiators have an inherent risk, but which is riskier?


  1. Electric radiators have a fire hazard risk. If they are not well maintained, they can catch alight and cause fire. Dust can get into the unit and act as tinder. This is clearly extremely dangerous, and from this perspective, something that most of you will want to avoid.


  1. Central heating radiators pose a risk too. Fortunately, it is not a risk to the person. Instead, the risk is that a pipe may burst and this can cause damage to your house. This can be incredibly expensive, but it is much less of a danger than the electric radiators are. Furthermore, burst pipes tend to be covered by insurance policies. It’s inconvenient, but easily fixed. Electric fires are covered by insurance too, but they can’t reimburse you on a life.


However, we want to stress very hard that the risks of either of the above happening are extremely slim. Very few fires are caused by electric radiators nowadays and burst pipes are rare too. It’s simply that you need to be aware of the very small risks so that you can make an informed decision.