Are you building or renovating a cottage or vacation home this year? Have you decided how you are going to heat it?
Choosing the right heating system is one of the biggest decisions you will have to make when planning your project and there are many variables that you will want to consider.
- What are the available fuel sources?
- Is it safe?
- Is it durable? Will it require a lot of maintenance?
- Is it cost effective? How much is it going to cost to install and operate it?
- Is it environmentally friendly?
- What are the restrictions to using it? Are there rules about where it has to be located?
- How is it controlled?
Finding a heating system that addresses these questions and fulfills all your needs can be difficult…or is it? Today, we are going to share how electric heating is everything you want and more.
Many cottages and vacation properties are in remote locations away from the natural gas grid. Propane is an option but is typically much more expensive than natural gas and requires transportation to refill tanks onsite. Renewable sources including wind and solar require a significant up-front investment in hardware including the equipment to generate, store and convert the energy to usable AC (alternating current) power. Electricity in many cases is readily available, clean and safe, providing worry-free operation.
Flexible and Versatile
Electric heating doesn’t require ventilation, ducting or the supply pipes necessary for other heating systems, eliminating restrictions on building layout and the regulatory or planning issues associated with these systems. With fewer holes in the building envelope, electric also reduces potential access points for pests like ants and mice.
Each room has its own heater and control, which encourages both energy savings by zone heating and better comfort by addressing the individual heating needs of the occupant. Electric heaters can also be installed virtually anywhere in the room – either at the traditional baseboard location or on the wall with a panel convection heater. Not only does this help optimize heat coverage, it provides you with freedom of design and furniture placement. Electric heat also offers a combination of silent convection heat for sleeping and entertaining areas as well as powerful fan-forced heaters for rapid heating in bathrooms and entryways.
Whatever type of heating you choose; safety is always an important consideration and because electric heaters generate heat without combustion, there are none of the associated safety risks, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks or explosions. There are also no radiators to leak or burst which means there is less risk of property damage.
Electric heat has virtually no moving parts to break down or wear out, which makes electric heating extremely durable and reliable. In fact, electric heating systems last an average of 50% longer than gas systems and can be replaced individually as needed.
Electric heating systems are a green alternative. They are 100% energy efficient; converting every bit of the inputted energy into heat. They also reduce environmental impact compared to other fuel types. They release no carbon monoxide, generate zero emissions at the point of use and preserve natural resources such as wood and fossil fuels. As more and more clean and renewable energy generation comes online, electricity represents the path towards a low-carbon, sustainable future.
Low Installation Costs
Electric heating is very easy to install, ensuring installation costs are kept to a minimum. Since it requires no pipe-work (a simple connection to the electrical circuit(s) is all that is required) it can often be installed in a matter of minutes. For new builds this means it can go in at the second fix wiring stage. This also means that if you decide to install more units after the home is built, there will be minimal disruption for the household. Electric heat requires fewer tradespeople, needing only a licensed electrician to complete the installation. Heater installation can also be completed as a DIY project, typically where the rough wiring was completed by a licensed electrician and the final project is reviewed by an electrical inspector.
Low Lifetime Costs
There is often confusion about the running costs of electric heating compared to other fuels, however, the cost of energy for different heating systems is only part of the true running cost equation. What should be considered is the lifetime cost of the system, which not only takes into account the fuel used, but the up-front capital cost of the system as well as hidden maintenance costs, both financial and non-financial, over its lifetime.
- Electric heating is 100% efficient at the point of use, meaning all the electricity that you use (and pay for) is converted directly into heat, unlike gas, wood and boiler-based systems where energy is wasted through the flue.
- Electric heating is less expensive to install and maintain.
- Electric heating lasts an average of 50% longer than gas systems.
- There is no maintenance or annual inspection required - maintaining a heating system can, depending on the choice of fuel, add significantly to the overall cost of running the system.
- Electricity rates are historically much more stable than gas that are affected by market pricing, supply/demand, climate, etc.
Electric heating can be controlled individually, room-by-room, ensuring better comfort for individual users. It also encourages zone heating where the temperature in low occupancy areas can be reduced when not in use. Innovation new technologies such as our Dimplex CONNEX wireless control system take energy efficiency, comfort and convenience to the next level. CONNEX-enable Smart Heaters all include precision electronic thermostats ensure precise temperature control, eliminating wasted energy caused by overheating. The wireless control also allows whole-home control from a single device, which can also manage up to four heating zones as well as 7-day programming. The latest innovation is the ability to control the wireless CONNEX system from a smartphone or tablet with an easy-to-use app. This system makes it easy to optimize energy savings and also provides the ability to warm up a vacation property before arriving and ensure the system returns to a low, energy saving setting while the property is unused. It also allows remote management of the heating system if the property is rented to other occupants.
Why Choose Dimplex?
Not only do Dimplex electric heating products provide the above benefits, they also incorporate highly sensitive, integral thermostatic controls that allows rapid response to sudden changes in room temperature. This ensures that heater outputs are quickly reduced or increased to maintain a consistent room temperature.
Dimplex also provides electric heating products that are a smart, practical and efficient zone heating solution. Zone heating is an easy way to keep your energy costs down; by simply heating the rooms you spend the most time in instead of heating your entire home. Dimplex products are the perfect zone heating solution because by using only the required amount of energy, they allow you to warm the areas you use most often allowing you to reduce your primary source of heat. Reducing your central furnace temperature by 10°F (6°C) to 15°F (8°C) for 8 hours can save about 5% to 15% a year on your heating bill.
Finally, with Dimplex’s line of CONNEX Smart Heaters, you can program heating schedules for customizable heat zones to maximize savings and with their new mobile application you can monitor and adjust your home heating from anywhere. This means that you no longer have to arrive to a freezing cottage during the cooler months. Just open the free app on any mobile device and turn the heat on before you arrive.
Dimplex North America Limited is the world leader in electric heating, offering a wide range of residential, commercial and industrial products. The company’s commitment to innovation has fostered outstanding product development and design excellence.