Electric Radiators from Eskimo
After a 2 year product development program Eskimo are launching an all new high performance electric heating “engine” that can be fitted behind any of their Outline radiator finishes.
Eskimo’s new electric range of radiators represent a breakthrough in electric heating. Not only have they exceed the performance of Eskimo’s existing electric products by around 40%, they also beat every other non-fan assisted convector and radiant heater on the market. For the first time you can now purchase a silent electric radiator that matches or exceeds the performance of many central heating radiators on a size for size basis.
Eskimo have achieved this by going right back to first principles during the design phase for this new range. Most electric radiators are cannibalised versions of their more prolific central heating cousins. In the majority of cases this means taking the existing product, filling it with water, glycol or oil and then heating this fluid with an electric immersion heating element. This has several drawbacks:
- In order to ensure an electric radiator operates safely you have to be sure it can’t rapidly overheat if, for instance, it is installed incorrectly without adequate airflow, or if the radiator is mistakenly covered. This means de-rating the radiator below its actual performance. Most electric radiators are fitted with a heating element 30% below the nominal power of the radiator.
- The large quantity of fluid in the radiator is a substantial thermal mass, all of which has to be heated by natural convection – taking a long time to heat up and a long time to cool down, reducing controllability and running increasing costs.
- The thermal expansion space required by the fluid in the radiator requires careful management when the radiator is produced. If this space is miscalculated, or if the radiator overheats, this expansion space might not be adequate in which case the pressure in the radiator will build up and cause the radiator to burst.
- If a liquid filled radiator fails for any reason during its lifetime it can leak causing extensive damage to the building as well as being a safety hazard.
Eskimo’s have designed out all of these issues with their new dry electric range:
- The heat exchanger engine is designed specifically for electric power, meaning that every bit of heat transfer surface area is optimised for the heat source giving the highest heat outputs of any non-fan assisted designer electric radiator on the market. You can now swap over most central heating radiators directly for an Eskimo dry electric without any reduction in performance.
- Eskimo’s dry electric radiator has a uniquely low thermal mass meaning that they reach their maximum temperature within 6 minutes of being switched on. This rapid warm up means you never need to switch them on before you need them. This means lower energy bills and a more eco-friendly lifestyle. It also opens up the possibility of control via PIR motion sensors meaning the radiators only turn on when someone enters the building.
- No fluid means no potential leaks. Eskimo’s dry electric products have a double failsafe system. In the event of overheating their inbuilt sensor simply switches them off them allows them to come back on once they’ve cooled down. If this sensor fails there is an inbuilt thermal fuse which will make the radiator safe before it can overheat dangerously.
Louisa May 29th, 2014
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