by Jennifer Hamlin


In any building – from a home to a public space – where the occupants or visitors are young, elderly or vulnerable, low surface temperature heating is either required by legislation or is a sensible consideration  – or both. As a result of legislation and increased awareness of the potential dangers of high temperature heating surfaces, the production of low surface temperature products has become a valuable and growing niche market. So it’s encouraging when a totally new approach to a problem comes onto the market and even more so when that new approach has been thought through from ‘a-z’ and offers a total package that a developer can specify and install knowing it will meet the requirements of the building or homes concerned perfectly.

Leading electric heating specialist Ecolec has launched a pioneering new heating system based on a very specific requirement for a space saving, electric low surface temperature panel radiator system. The requirement involved a need for a wireless controlled heating system that allowed individual room temperatures to be controlled and for a maximum of 55°C (+/- 1°C) surface temperature of the panels to be achieved. It’s what Ecolec calls ‘Safe to Touch’ heating at 55°C.


Having installed the system and proved that it worked perfectly, with incredible flexibility and the ability to control the warmth in each room individually, it was clear that the system could work in a wide range of other applications – being perfect for nurseries, schools, rest and care homes, healthcare buildings, commercial premises and public areas and of course homes and apartments. In particular it has already seen interest from developers of sheltered housing and assisted living apartment developments but would be equally relevant for any form of housing where potentially vulnerable people might be living, working or visiting.

In addition this system offers a cost effective, high efficiency alternative to a wet heating system extension when a building is refurbished and rather than replacing or upgrading a boiler to cope with the additional space heating requirement, the addition of easy to fit, highly controllable slim line electric panel radiators could be a sensible and cost effective option.

As well as utilising the tried and tested, slim line  panel radiators for which Ecolec has become acknowledged in the sector, this system utilises the new Ecolec WCT 500/TX/55 wireless 7 day programmable thermostat that can control wirelessly the ambient temperature of the room and surface temperature of the radiator as well – a truly remarkable innovation from Ecolec!  It also offers a seven day programmer with up to six temperature settings per day if required. Each WCT 500/TX can control as many individual radiators as you require typically within a range of 30 metres.

Ecolec’s Chandru Ray says :  “Ecolec radiators offer better thermal comfort than quartz halogen heaters that create intensive glare, emitting UV radiation. Ecolec heaters emit IR radiation with no glare at all, hence, offering a friendlier solution with far better controlfor the user.”

Full details of all the Ecolec electric heating options can be obtained by visiting, calling on 01902 457575 or by emailing and asking for information.

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