ELECTRIC HEATING IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE AND CARBON-INTENSE WAY OF WARMING YOUR HOME
What’s electric heating?
There are a few different ways to use electricity to heat your home, but the most common is using storage heaters. They can store heat to use later, making use of cheaper off-peak electricity to help keep costs down. Other forms of electric heating are simple electric panels that you turn on and off, electric radiators that contain water but have their own heating element inside them, or underfloor heating.
If you have electric heating you may also have an electric hot water cylinder. This will have a thermostat that prevents it from becoming hotter than necessary.
Overall, electricity is a very expensive way to heat your home and produces the most carbon emissions out of all fuel types. However, if you use a renewable source to generate electricity, you can huge amounts on your energy bills and produce much less carbon. One of the ways to generate low carbon electricity for heating is to get an air source heat pump.
Air source heat pumps
Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air, which can be used to heat underfloor heating systems, radiators or hot water in your home. They can get heat from the air even when the temperature is -15°C, so they’ll even work in the winter.
Air source heat pumps are growing in popularity. If you have solar panels, they can be very economical, as you can use the electricity that’s generated by the panels to heat your home using the heat pump.
You’ll have much lower energy bills compared with conventional electric heating, and you can even earn an income through the UK government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
There are two types of air source heat pumps: air-to-air and air-to-water pumps. Air to water systems distribute heat via your wet central heating system, for example electric radiators that contain water.