When creating a number of houses, or even an entire housing estate; small cost differences can quickly add up into large figures. It is, therefore, imperative that developers consider electric heating for their new builds.
There are several convincing arguments that show this is a viable and, indeed, an attractive option:
Fitting an electric radiator involves creating a power socket, screwing the radiator to the wall and connecting it to the power socket. In contrast a gas heating system will need gas piped to the buildings which must be done by an approved contractor. You will need to purchase a boiler, fit it and have it connected; as well as running pipes round the building to each radiator point.
Electric radiators are quicker and cheaper to install. You also do not need to purchase them until they are actually required.
A flue can only be positioned in certain places; according to the local building regulations. In some cases, planning must even be consulted! This can be an expensive issue in terms of time and finance.
Fortunately, electric heating systems do not require any planning or flues. In fact, their positioning is so subjective that a designer will have complete freedom to design the best possible building; in terms of aesthetics and practicality!
In the unlikely event that there is an issue with an electric heater; or the company issues a recall; they can be quickly and easily removed. It is not so easy with traditional wet heating systems. In addition; if a heater is removed the electric system will continue to work whilst a gas powered one may be unable to operate.
If the new homeowners wish to extend in the future it is very easy to add additional electric heaters. They can even be connected to the smart home system! However it is much more difficult to add radiators to a gas or other fuel system; especially if the pipes are hidden in the walls.
It is also worth noting that electricity is available to every house, gas is not always an option. This could mean an expensive installation if the main gas line is several miles away! The cost can significantly influence your budget and profit.
Every developer should be concerned with safety; if a consistent issue developers you will be liable. Gas powered systems produce carbon monoxide. This means that there is an additional expensive of fitting carbon monoxide detectors into every house and the risk of lawsuits if carbon monoxide poisoning does happen.
Traditional wet systems can also experience radiators or pipes bursting; damaging the floor and other contents. Neither of these things are an issue with electric heating.
Electric heaters have virtually no moving parts and do not need to be regularly serviced or maintained. However, gas or similar fuel systems do need to be serviced on a regular basis. If the system goes wrong; even after you have sold the home you may find yourself liable to resolve the issue; which can be an expensive use of your time.
There is an increasing interest in solar panels and generating electricity at home. Having an electric heating system installed will make it easier to convince potential buyers that their new home could be environmentally friendly and the heating system could run for free!
Whichever way you look at it; every developer should consider using electric heating as part of their next project!
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