Our Electric Elements category is comprised of simple yet elegant solutions to the issue of needing heat in places or at times when it isn’t normally available. We have both manual and thermostatic elements so that you can regulate your level of warmth as carefully as you would like. Electric Elements are the rods inserted into radiators made for electric use in order to heat them. By using resistance, they generate heat and warm the water inside the radiator and allow you to have a radiator which can be turned on and off at your leisure without having to worry about the central heating system.
The electrical element (immersion heater) is installed on the return side of the radiator. This magic wand look-a-like is what heats your radiator via electricity. A typical heating element is usually a coil, ribbon or strip of wire that gives off heat similarly to a lamp filament. When the electric current flows through it, it glows red hot and converts the electrical energy passing through it into heat, which it radiates out. This element is the source of heat for your radiator. This wand-shaped element typically has a cable on one end, which will be wired in by your trusted electrician.
A general rule to determine the size of element appropriate for a given radiator is to find out the heat output for it in Watts, and then divide that by 1.81. Take the resulting answer and round up to the nearest element size in the element range that you would like to purchase. You have to be careful about element length, specifically in radiators which are very long or wide, so if you are unsure please feel free to ask us to help you with this.
If you only know the BTU output of your radiator you can still work out the wattage of element you require. Simply divide the BTU output by 3.41 to calculate the output in Watts.
Our range of electric elements and timers aim to help you get the best from your radiator, by converting any dual fuel or electric only capable radiator and transforming it into a main powered heating solution. With an electric element you will be able to simple turn your radiator on and off, when you want rather than committing to switching on your whole central heating system. Electric elements are best used for bathroom radiators and towel rails as they will allow you to switch them on just to warm one room and keep your towels luxuriously warm and fluffy, perfect for in the summer!
To convert a radiator to dual fuel, you will also require a T-Piece which will allow your radiator to switch between central heating and electric heating with ease. Browse our wide range of elements below and if you are unsure of anything, our expert sales team is on hand Monday – Friday 9-5pm to answer any questions you may have.
Our BTU Calculator is designed specifically to save you money and make sure you don’t get too little or too much heat.
It’s super easy to use and tells you how many BTUs your will need when selecting the radiators to make a difference in your home.
Once you have your Minimum and Upper BTU estimates aim to match or exceed it as best you can.
Pick a radiator that you like from our fantastic range and be sure to check out its technical information for the BTUs!
Having the heat and not needing it is much better than needing the heat and not having it!
You can always turn a hot radiator down with one of our Thermostatic Radiator Valves.
There are always a lot of factors to consider when warming a room, so if you would like any assistance feel free to call our team of friendly heating experts.
Our bespoke and designer radiator installations are carried out to give you the best aesthetic look possible. Not much is impossible, so if you’ve got a fancy new radiator and need it installing professionally, we put the effort in to give you the desired outcome, no matter where in the country you are.
At DRS we have a team of experienced plumbers, specialising in radiator installations, replacements and repairs.