What are electric boilers?
Electric boilers are a method of heating hot water for your heating system using only electricity. A typical boiler uses gas to heat the water, whilst an electric boiler can be used in off-grid areas or where a gas supply is either not wanted or not possible.
How do electric boilers work?
electric boiler heating system for radiant heat work under the same principle as traditional gas boilers, other than the fact that they use electricity to heat the water rather than gas. electric boilers connect the main supply and uses it to heat heating exchanger within the boiler.Water passes over the exchanger and is heated in the process ,before being pumped to where it is need
What are the advantages of electric boilers?
Electric boilers can be advantageous in certain situations. They are very simple pieces of technology, so they don’t need a lot of space, and can be placed almost anywhere in a property because they don’t need a flue or a gas pipe run to them. Very little heat is lost in the process of heating the water, so electric boilers are almost 98% efficient.
They tend to be easier to install and they obviously don’t need a Gas Safe engineer. The simplicity of the system and the installation process means that the overall cost of installation is going to be much less than a gas boiler.
What are the disadvantages of electric boilers?
Of course, if electric boilers were the best solution, you would see them everywhere, but you don’t. There are downsides to electric boilers – let me run you through the key points. Gas is considerably cheaper than electricity, at about 30% of the price. That means the cost of heating water using electricity is going to be a lot higher, even if you have a very efficient system.
That much is fairly obvious, but even when you compare electric boilers to other forms of electric heating, the electric boiler doesn’t necessarily come out on top. If you compare it to infrared, for example, an electric boiler will be more expensive to run.
Electric boilers probably have their place in certain properties. They are a simple, easy to install option but for many people there are going to be better ways to heat the home out there to look at. If gas isn’t an option, infrared, heat pumps or even oil boilers are all likely to be cheaper to run than electric boilers.