Electric Boilers

Advantages and Disadvantages of an Electric Boiler

Electric boilers are the most popular choice of boiler in the UK after natural gas boilers.

Some popular electric boilers available on the market at the moment are the Trianco Aztec electric boiler and the Heatrae Amptec electric boiler, but there are many other types of electric boiler available.

 

How do Electric boilers work?

Whereas gas boilers rely on burning gas to generate heat, electric boilers rely on the electricity from the mains supply of the property to heat elements within the boiler. Water gets hotter as it passes over these elements and once sufficiently heated the water is then pumped to where it is required.

Electric boilers remain popular because they are considered to be around 99% efficient to the end user. This is because electric boilers do not rely on the burning of fossil fuels such as gas or oil to produce heat and there is therefore no chance of losing valuable heat when releasing waste gases into the atmosphere.

The Trianco Aztec electric boiler is 1 popular electric boiler available.

 

 

 

Advantages of an electric boiler:

  • Increased efficiency
    A traditional gas boiler system normally disposes of waste gases by taking it out of the property via a flue or chimney. As the flue is not required in an electric boiler system setup, this means that useful heat does not escape, helping the electric boiler to run at around 99% efficiency.
  • No need for a mains gas supply
    Over 2 million homes in the UK don’t have access to a mains gas supply, making electric boilers an essential (and cheap) means of providing central heating and hot water.
  • Reduced installation costs
    If you do not currently have a gas pipe supply into your property it can cost a lot of money to get this setup. An electric boiler is a cheaper solution. It is also beneficial as you do not need to purchase a separate Flue or chimney as there is no requirement to take waste emissions from the boiler to outside of the property, as with a gas boiler. This will obviously save you money in the initial installation stage.
  • Space efficient
    The fact that a flue is not required benefits smaller properties where space is an issue. There is also a lot more flexibility in where the electric boiler can be installed, as it doesn’t necessarily need to be close to an outside wall. Unlike other types of boiler, there is also no requirement for an additional fuel storage tank.
  • Quiet
    Electric boilers are not reliant on elements within the boiler moving to generate heat. This means that electric boilers are renowned as being very quiet systems when in use.
  • Maintenance
    Electric boilers generally don’t need to be serviced as regularly as gas and oil boilers as they are considered to be like any other electrical appliance. Generally they only need maintaining  if there is a problem with the boiler itself.
  • Good for environment*
    Electric boilers rely on electricity rather than the burning of fossil fuels to generate heat. The electric boilers themselves are therefore considered more environmentally friendly than other types of boiler as there isn’t a requirement to take the waste gas emissions produced by the boiler out into the atmosphere. *However, the full environmental picture does cast doubt over the claim that electric boilers are fully environmentally friendly (see disadvantages list below).

 

Disadvantages of an electric boiler:

  • Not always suitable for larger properties
    Electric boilers can only heat a certain amount of water at any one time, therefore a more conventional boiler system may be more suitable to heat larger properties where hot water usage levels may be higher.
  • Environmental benefits myth
    Although the electric boiler units themselves are considered fairly environmentally friendly heating systems, there are concerns that the actual process of creating electricity itself in power stations generates the same amount of pollution as gas and oil boiler systems, therefore negating this benefit.
  • Cost of electricity
    Due to the higher cost of electricity over gas, electric boilers are considered a slightly more expensive way to provide heat to a property.
  • Potential power cuts
    By choosing an electric boiler you will be relying on an electricity source to provide hot water to your home. This means that in the event of a power cut you could be without central heating or hot water for hours or (depending on where you live) even days.

 

A wide range of electric boilers are available to purchase online at some really competitive prices from Direct Heating Supplies.

Adey – An Introduction to The Magnaclean Manufacturer

Adey Professional Heating Solutions, based in Gloucester UK, design and manufacture filtration and cleaning product for domestic and industrial plumbing and heating solutions.

Adey: Professional heating solutions

Pioneers of the installers favorite Magnaclean, the company has gone from strength to strength, launching new and innovative additions to the Magnaclean family, such as the Micro, TwinTech and MagnaCleanse.

With a firm grounding and ethos on product innovation and quality; along with a genuine understanding of the practical and daily working needs of the professional installer, Adey Solutions continues to be market leader in filtration innovation and excellence.

This understanding stems from the company’s founder and inventor of the award winning MagnaClean technology, Chris Adey. Chris started his career serving an apprenticeship with British Gas prior to working at various engineering and technical levels within the central heating industry.

Magnaclean filter

Adeys flagship product, and what really put their name on the map, MagnaClean Professional sets an industry standard for plumbing and heating engineers when it comes to protecting and maintaining both new and existing central heating systems.

MagnaClean

MagnaClean: protects & maintain new and existing central heating systems

The simple but ingenious arrival of MagnaClean Professional on the market has generated considerable interest among boiler manufacturers and service professionals throughout the sector. It is widely recognised as a major breakthrough in central heating system maintenance.

 

In an age of advanced and high efficiency gas and oil boilers there has never been a greater need to safeguard what amounts to one of the most important and most expensive investments in the modern home – The central heating system.

With 2012 seeing Adey Solutions win the prestigious Queens Award, the company that invented the MagnaClean filter, which maintains and protects central heating systems and reduces domestic heating bills and carbon emissions using magnetic technology, has been honoured with the award in recognition of its continued product innovation and extraordinary rise from garden shed to multi-million pound British manufacturing success in just ten years.

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