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Using a single radiator to heat single room

Postby angeuk » Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:05 pm

Hi All,

I need some advice regarding the use of a radiator to heat a single room.

My home has gas central heating, with a single radiator in the living room. Up to now, I've used a gas fire to heat my living room as I'm disabled and need heat in there 16 hours a day. I don't need the central heating on all the time.

A gas check has condemned the fire. My landlord wishes to replace it with an electric fire. As I've a radiator, my landlord states that using the one radiator all day is more efficient than a gas fire.

So my question is would the use of a boiler to heat one radiator all day be more efficient than a stand alone gas fire in my living room?

It's an old property. The rooms are small, but with high ceilings (around 12 feet high). I know electric fires are inefficient to use for 16 hours a day.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Postby stoneyboy » Fri Feb 12, 2021 10:06 pm

Hi angeuk
There is not an easy answer to your question. If a balanced flue gas fire is fitted this would probably be cheaper than running the central heating. The problem with central heating is that lots of pipe work and radiators (if they are not turned off) will be heated.
An electric fire is a very expensive way of heating a room for long periods.
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Postby angeuk » Sat Feb 13, 2021 10:34 am

Many thanks for that. I thought that must be the way. Cheers.
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