How quickly do electric radiators heat up?

There’s nothing more disheartening than entering a chilly home, especially during the winter months. Fossil fuel central heating systems be frustratingly slow to warm up, especially when dealing with poorly insulated pipes and radiator inefficiencies. However, the introduction of electric radiators has changed the game, offering instant warmth at the flick of a switch. But not all electric radiators are created equal, and understanding their differences in heat-up times is crucial. Let’s explore the three types: Dry Thermal, Ceramic, and Oil-Filled.

Dry Thermal Electric Radiators: Swift and Lightweight

Dry thermal electric radiators employ iron heating rods enclosed in aluminum, heating through an array of fins. Free of the liquid found in oil-filled and central heating radiators, they are the quickest to heat up. The lightweight design makes them perfect for DIY installation and ideal for use as portable heaters.

Ceramic Electric Radiators: Efficient and Steady

Similar to dry thermal radiators, ceramic-filled electric radiators don’t use internal liquid for warmth. Housing heating elements in ceramic blocks, they provide a longer-lasting source of heat. While not as fast as dry thermal radiators, they still heat up quickly due to wire elements embedded in the heating blocks.

Oil-Filled Electric Radiators: Versatile but Slower to Warm

Oil-filled electric radiators use an electrical element immersed in thermodynamic oil. While slower to heat up, they retain warmth for more extended periods, meaning they are more appropriate for rooms that you’re going to be using all day.

Best Features for Quick Heat-Up Times

  • Precision Digital Thermostats: Maintain precise temperatures by carefully monitoring room temperature, ensuring steady heating without fluctuations.
  • Adaptive Start: Pre-heat your radiator to a specified temperature, aligning with your schedule for instant warmth without waiting.
  • 24/7 Programming: Set customizable schedules for hourly, daily, and weekly heating, catering to your specific lifestyle. With WiFi app control, adjust your schedule even when you’re on the move.

In conclusion, electric radiators are designed to offer prompt warmth within minutes of being switched on. With various options available, balancing faster heat-up times or longer-lasting heat is achievable, ensuring you find the right solution for your home. For detailed information on our products, download our brochure or contact our team by calling 0800 158 8272.

Sunflow Team

Founded in 2009, Sunflow is a British manufacturer of 21st century all-electric heating systems.