Electric Panel Heaters
Electric panel heaters provide instant, controllable heat and are suitable for almost any room. They are most often used in rooms that don't get much use, as a way to top up heat in a room with existing but inadequate heating or as a temporary measure as they can be installed separate of your gas or electric central heating system. We offer a wide range of wall mounted or freestanding panel heaters, from the more basic models that can be used temporarily to more advanced models with thermostats and timers for those that require a more permanent solution.
Our products are are stylish, slim and occupy minimum wall space and are perfect for small rooms such as bedrooms, studies, conservatories and loft conversions and for rooms used less frequently. All of our manual and timer versions have an adjustable thermostat offering a wide temperature range including a frost protection setting of 5°c. For maximum safety there is a thermal cut-out on all models to prevent overheating, should the outlet grille be accidentally covered.
How do panel heaters work?
They work by heating the air that is in the room. It starts by passing the cool air through the heater, as it starts to get warm, the hot air comes out and then rises, pushing the the cooler air down. This creates what is known as a convection heating cycle, where the cooler air in the room sinks, goes through the heater and then rises when it gets warm until all of the air in the room is heated and a constant temperature has been achieved.
Are panel heaters efficient?
Due to the way that they work, they aren't considered to be the most efficient way of heating rooms. As the hot air will naturally move to colder areas, it can be lost quickly through any draughts such as doors, windows or poorly insulated rooms. As the method of heating used is convection, this means that as soon as the heater is turned off, the air starts to cool and the warmth will be lost. Electric radiators do not suffer with this problem and they combine the speed of the convection method as well as radiant heat which keeps the rooms warmer for a longer period of time.
However, they are meant to be used as a quick alternative in rooms that you do not need to use as often as other rooms such as living rooms and bedrooms, therefore providing quick and effective heat for a short bursts of time proving to be relatively low cost. They do not have to be expensive to run. The amount of energy used will depend on how large and cold the room is. Just like any product used during the daytime, these heaters will use normal rate electricity, however, our range features highly accurate thermostats to help reduce running costs by avoiding over-heating a space.
To reduce costs even further, we also have a number of thermostats and timers with advanced timers for even greater temperature control and economy, enabling you to match the heating to your occupancy for maximum comfort at minimum cost. Please see the individual product pages for more detailed information.
Why would I use a panel heater?
The main reasons that you would use a panel heater would be:
- You are looking to heat a room for only a short period of time, such as a utility rooms or a conservatory.
- You require a heater to back up your main heating system. This can be anything from backing up storage heaters that are frequently running out of charge, or larger rooms that do not have sufficient heating to heat the whole room.
- You need heating for a room that you only use occasionally, such as a home office or a spare bedroom.
How do I install my panel heater?
Some will come with a plug installed and some don't, such as Dimplex panel heaters. However, as long as the heater is under 3kW (which most are) you can purchase a plug and fit it yourself if you are comfortable in doing so. Most will also come with brackets to allow for DIY installation and can be done in minutes if you are happy to do so.
If you want your panel heater to be hard wired, then you would need to employ the services of a qualified electrician.
What size fuse do I need for my plug?
If your product did not come supplied with a plug and you need to know what size fuse to put in the plug, follow this formula:
Watts/Voltage = Amps
Example: Dimplex PLX075E is 750W and is 230V, as are most products used in the UK, therefore, 750/230 = 3.3. In this case, we would suggest using a 5 amp fuse.
Can I use an electric panel heater in a bathroom?
We would not recommend the use of them in bathrooms, as hanging towels or other items over the appliance can obstruct the ventilation and cause a fire hazard. We would recommend that you use a heated towel rail instead, as these are perfectly suited to heating bathrooms as well as drying towels.
Do you still have questions?
If you are still unsure and would like further guidance, please call us on 01473 276686 and one of our technical team will be happy to assist you. Alternatively, feel free to browse through our articles and FAQ's.
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Stiebel Eltron CON10 Premium - Wall Mounted Panel Heater, 1000W
Found it very difficult to find a heater to fit the space I had so I was relieved to find this. It's only 1kW so not super powerful but I knew that when buying. Good functionality - my only gripe is that if you use the 'boost' function it doesn't automatically revert to timer mode afterwards. User interface takes a bit of getting used to but like all these things you get used to it.
Thank you for the product feedback, it is very helpful for potential customers to know about the pros and cons of heaters before purchasing.
Next day delivery wasn't actually convenient - and no way to specify a different day on the website, but rang up to order instead and that all went well
Thank you for your review. Free Next Day delivery is our standard delivery, but we are always happy to arrange a delivery day that suits individual customers needs.