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The benefits of installed electric heating
Low capital & installation costs
Compared with other fuels, electric heating offers extremely low capital costs and installation costs.
In addition to this, with gas central heating the cost of installing a gas supply also needs to be considered. Whilst this will vary from site to site, it can add a significant cost to the development.
And because electric heating does not require any pipe-work, simply a connection to the circuit, it can be installed in a matter of minutes at the second fix wiring stage. This is a real bonus for builders as it can result in the additional benefits of faster build times and improve cash flow as products / labour are not required until later in the schedule. A knock on effect is that there is less concern over ‘shrinkage’ issues as products do not need to be on site for long before being installed.
Electric heating does not require a flue or pipe-work, so there are no restrictions on building layout or design and no regulatory or planning issues associated with positioning of flues to restrict you.
For the property developer, this has two key benefits: complete freedom of design – an important aspect particularly in multi-occupancy buildings – and secondly, major cost savings in both capital cost and installation time. Electric heaters can also be installed virtually anywhere in the room, again aiding freedom of design. Replacement and refurbishment work also benefits and disruption for the household is minimal.
The versatility of electric heating can also be a major advantage for home extensions where the existing system may have insufficient capacity to heat extra radiators.
As a fuel source electricity is available right across the country and is also ideal in sensitive areas or in listed buildings where structural alterations are difficult. Only electric heating gives such freedom of design.
Safe, Reliable Systems
Whatever type of heating you specify; safety is always an important consideration.
Because electric heaters do not burn fuel internally to generate heat, there are none of the associated safety risks, such as carbon monoxide poisoning or explosions.
And as there are no radiators to leak or burst, there is less risk of damage to completed properties which can be a major concern if properties are empty for a period of time, especially over the winter months. Also with no moving parts to break down or wear out, electric heating is extremely reliable and will normally run satisfactorily for much longer than a conventional wet system, avoiding the need for unwanted call backs once a property has been sold.