A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR SWITCHING FROM GAS TO ELECTRIC HEATING.

Our country has depended on gas central heating for aeons now, and on account of this, we deter from the mere thought of switching from gas heating to electric; and rightly so.

We have been so comfortable using gas heating. The research on our planet’s sustainability has brought to light the ill-effects of using gas heating, along with the negative impact it has on our environment. The more ecological and environment-friendly choice is electric heating. As there are many misconceptions in the minds of people regarding switching from gas to electric heating, we provide you with a thorough guide on the reasoning behind switching to electric, as well as the steps it will entail.

Why should you switch from Gas to Electric?

It isn’t unheard of that humans have significantly contributed toward global warming and are harming the environment through our ill-actions. This in-turn has led to the UK Government taking strict, immediate action to ensure the UK’s emissions are net zero by the year 2050.

One of the Government’s new rules is a complete ban on installing gas-boilers and heaters in all new homes by 2025. The fact we have been using gas central heating for so many years has caused us to become reliant on it, and such a stringent Government-mandated regulation only highlights the urgency of our responsibility to take ownership of our actions and begin conserving the environment. As gas heating is one of the biggest contributors to increased carbon emissions, it makes electric heating not only the next, but also the most suitable course of action.

Electric heating not only takes a toll off the environment (when powered by a renewable energy source) but it is also easy to install and often, virtually maintenance-free. It is a versatile heating option because of the flexibility in the adjustment of temperature from room to room, depending on your heating needs. It is also very simple to program and is a reliable, often cost-effective and efficient alternative to older gas central heating.

Is making the switch from gas to electric an easy process?

The assumption that the switch from gas to electric heating being a hassle for you isn’t completely incorrect. The process of the decommissioning of the gas boiler and the removal of pipes and radiators around the house is definitely a time and money consuming task. It involves hiring a qualified gas engineer to perform the job, but the process of the installation of the new electric radiators is comparatively simple.

The installation of electric radiators is a straight-forward process which only requires a connection to the mains. Unlike gas central heating, this eco-friendly solution requires minimal servicing and repair. It efficiently heats up your kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and even conservatory separately. A little dusting every now and again keeps it in top-notch condition.

What are the benefits of electric heating in your home?

There are many reasons for switching from gas to electric heating in your homes, the most obvious ones being a more efficient and green choice. By powering your electric heating with renewable energy, you instantly make it a better option from an environmental point of view. The fewer parts required for the functioning of electric heaters reduces the risk of it breaking down, saving costs on servicing and maintenance of the heaters.

It also eliminates the chances of carbon-monoxide leaks due to the removal of gas, and is therefore a much safer option for your home. The switch to electric heating in your home will also provide you with the ability to control the heaters individually, which means you can turn the heating off in rooms which are not in use, while maintaining optimal heating in the most frequented areas of your home. 

Is electric heating as effective as gas?

The principle that gas central heaters function on is combustion – providing radiant heat directly to objects and people in its vicinity. Electric heaters use the principle of convection and radiation (without the combustion) and provide the same level of effective heating in your home.

Electric heating facilitates the equal convection of heat throughout all corners of the room. Many electric heaters also come with precision thermostats which allow you to program the heaters depending on your usage and temperature requirements.

If you work a 9 to 5 job, you can set the heaters to turn on a few minutes before you arrive home so that when you enter your home, you experience a nice toasty home. This is not a fancy technological add-on, but a requirement for your home in order to achieve maximum comfort.

Why should ‘FISCHER’ be your first choice while opting to switch from gas to electric heating?

Fischer is a renowned brand in the electric heating industry, with over 70 years of experience in manufacturing heating solutions. Here at Fischer, we cater to our customer’s needs and pride ourselves on our commitment to complete customer satisfaction.

In reference to the removal of your existing gas system, we make this process easier by ensuring our trained engineers remove and discard your existing system and install your brand-new Fischer electric heaters for you.

Each of our heaters come with a programmable wireless thermostat to control the temperature in each room effectively. Our heaters can also be controlled using Wi-Fi, making the control of your heaters accessible to you even when you’re away from home, for example at work or on holiday.

Unlike other electric radiators on the market, we provide our customers with a 40mm chamotte clay core, which aids better heat storage and distribution throughout your home. We also provide a 10-year warranty on all of our radiators, along with a Complete Heating Guarantee to ensure you are warm all winter long. We also make it a practice to replace rather than repair, if there happens to be any fault in the heaters.

Making the switch from gas to electric heating in your home with Fischer by your side will ensure a hassle-free and potentially a more environment-friendly change.

WINTER IS ON ITS WAY….

As summer comes to an end once again, now is the perfect time to think about changing and upgrading your heating system.

Before you know it, Santa Claus will be clambering down the chimney to drop off the gifts you’ve been waiting all year for, but the last thing you want is to come down on a winter’s morning to a cold room!

We tell you every year to think ahead and now is the perfect time to do just that.

Here at Fischer Future Heat, we know that our customers love the controllability and improved efficiency of our heaters and hot water systems and we are here to help you.

With an ever expanding product range, we can now offer more options than ever before. From heating and hot water systems to combi boilers and solar panels and batteries, you can transform your house in to an efficient, controllable and comfortable home. We even offer smart technology for our patented dynamic clay core heaters, giving you the ability to control your heating system from anywhere in the world.

Heating

If you have night storage heaters, you will be used to waking up in the morning to a (sometimes unbearably) warm room, but what about in the evening when you return home from work?

Many people are forced to use an additional fan heater to keep warm in the evening and in to the night because their night storage heaters have naturally cooled down throughout the day. With Fischer dynamic you no longer have to worry.

With the control of our wireless thermostat, you no longer have to let all of the precious stored heat fade away during the hours you’re at work or out shopping – you can set exactly when you want your room to be warm and to what precise temperature.

Out all day? Set the thermostat to only heat your room before you leave and when you get home. Simple. No more wasted energy.

Our dynamic radiators contain a patented 40mm chamotte clay core and purpose built convection chamber to ensure only the best when it comes to heat distribution and efficiency. Our heaters have even had their efficiency tested and verified by 3 separate independent bodies, including Energy Saving Trust.

Hot Water

You hear about it every year – homeowners often experience massive boiler failure during the coldest weeks of the year and struggle to install a replacement in time for the next cold blast. Costly maintenance, inconvenient installations and time off work to accommodate for a repair all have a massive impact on our lives. Gas boilers can also have a negative impact on our environment.

With the Aquafficient by Fischer, you don’t need to worry about any of that! No servicing or maintenance and hot water on demand, all year round, not to mention a life span of 50+ years. Our team of fully qualified plumbers will install your system for you in just a few hours, giving you peace of mind and access to hot, running water whenever you need it.

Why not install our brand new hot water system today, containing patented heat battery technology and also boasting an EPC rating of C (when powered by electricity)?

Electric Boilers

Perhaps you prefer an all-in-one Duo boiler to power an existing central heating system? Look no further – our Fischer EB Duo Boiler is the perfect solution for you.

With no annual maintenance or servicing required and a built in 100L storage vessel, our boiler is like no other electric boiler on the market. No need for external pumps, tanks or cylinders – just one compact Fischer EB is all you need this winter.

Available in a range of different sizes, our trained heating engineers will advise you on the best boiler for your property during one of our free no obligation surveys.

Call us today on 0800 103 2700 to claim your free catalogue, and we will be sure to get one delivered to your door in the next 2-3 working days.

What are the benefits of a wireless thermostat?

Control

Wireless thermostats can bring a range of benefits to your home heating. Find out how in our latest blog.

Both heating and comfort are connected in one way – they are all about control. Without control, your heating and your comfort are all down to guess work.

Outdated night storage heaters rely on a prediction the night before – do you need heat the following day? Who knows! We all know how unpredictable the British weather can be, and can go from a lovely hot sunny day to a cold downpour of rain in a matter of hours.

Fischer Smart Wi-Fi Control

By having to decide the night before whether or not you need heating the next day, you’re leaving yourself open to not only waste energy, but to have the heating on when you don’t need it.

By introducing a temperature controlled and programmable thermostat in to your life, all of this guess work disappears instantly. No longer do you have to worry about your comfort 24 hours in advance.

If you wake up and it’s cold, simply pop the heater on via the thermostat. If you feel as if you need a bit of extra heat, simply turn up the temperature. Staying in for longer than expected? Extend the heating program!

Control is the future of heating, and without it, your comfort levels are significantly decreased.

Choosing the right thermostat

This is all well and good, but what is the best type of thermostat, because believe us, there are many different types.

A lot of companies offer an integrated (or “built in”) thermostat. This gives you the ability to change temperatures and programs, but there is one major flaw. The temperature reading is taken directly at the heater.

Naturally, as the heater is the main source of heat for that room, taking a temperature reading directly at the heater means you’re measuring the temperature in the warmest part of the room. Nobody wants to have to sit right by the heater to feel comfortable like you do with a fireplace, so why take a temperature reading from there?

Wireless 

This is why a wireless thermostat is much better when it comes to comfort and accuracy. With a wireless thermostat, the room temperature is read wherever that thermostat is located. For example, if you know your living room has a cold spot, if you position the thermostat in the cold spot, that is the temperature reading the thermostat will take. This means that when your heater comes on to follow your heating program, it will not stop heating until even the coldest part of your room is warm, ensuring an even heat distribution throughout the whole area, not just directly next to the heater.

 There is also the added convenience of being able to adjust your heating program and comfortable temperatures right from the sofa (or anywhere else in the room). Nobody wants to miss that crucial part of the soaps by having to get up and fiddle with a heater on the opposite side of the room to the TV. With a wireless thermostat, you can be sat on the sofa and be in full control of your heating system.

It also ensures that anyone with a physical ailment can still be comfortable. A majority of heaters with an integrated thermostat will have the thermostat positioned either on the side of the heater or right at the front. The issue with this is firstly, that thermostat will never be at eye level, and you will have to bend or crouch down to see it. Secondly, you may want to put furniture around the heater but can’t because it would obscure the screen and you’d lose the ability to control the heater.

 This is yet another issue a wireless thermostat overcomes. As the controls are all in your hand, you’ll never need to look at the heater again.

 

All in all, a wireless thermostat gives you more control, more peace of mind, a more even temperature and even more comfort.