What Is A Wall Heating System & Is It Efficient?

The convenience of easy space and area heating is undeniable, but heating systems may be quite a hassle. Installation can be difficult, and they take up a lot of area and space. Many room temperature heaters are a source of large energy consumption, too.

A wall heating system, like electric wall heaters, is redefining such aspects. They take up almost no space around your rooms and are also highly energy efficient as they run at a low temperature. Such space heaters are easy to install, consider safety and security, are an optimal source of heat.

When you’re considering a system to warm your home, it’s better to understand all your options and choose what best suits your lifestyle. Let’s understand what wall heaters are and how efficient they can be.

How Do Wall Panel Heating Systems Work?

The wall heating system is a type of space heating system that uses radiant heat pumps to raise the temperature of the space. Such heaters are different from conventional radiators, and central heating systems. They provide warmth around the space using heated walls.

The wall heating system uses modular electric heaters panels or heat pump panels as a source to heat and warms up the rooms. The energy sources for wall heaters can be electricity or hot water.

Wall heaters employ infrared heat waves that hit tangible objects around at right angles. This then warms the surrounding objects naturally at a low temperature while using less energy and space.

The wall heater and heat pumps are installed on the inside of the walls, properly fitted, and then plastered over. The wall heating element and heat pump of the electric wall heater is wired to your internal circuit system, so there’s no tripping over wires with such wall heating systems. There’s a thermostat available with the wall heaters for each heating space or room to control the temperatures with low costs modular heating. 

Some wall heating modular have detached thermostats with their heat pumps. Without it, one won’t be able to properly use the benefits and control the room temperature.

These silent water and electric wall heaters use up water or electricity to run. The room temperature maybe a little lower when compared to the conventional central heating system, but they’re high in energy efficiency. They provide wall cooling, too.

The Benefits of Electric Wall Heaters

Often the panels of the heating system also come with the option of heating and cooling together. They don’t provide cold air but cool the room from within. This dual-action system makes it a highly productive heat source and cooling system for space heating and can work as well as, if not better than, a central heating system. They also add value to your space and wall cooling in summers.

There are various pros and cons of both water and electric wall heaters. Some of them are as follows.

  • Wall electric heaters are low energy consumers, as they run at low temperature than other room heating system and hence consume lesser energy to run
  • Wall electric heaters take up almost no floor space as they’re installed within the wall and then plastered over the electric heated mats and pipe system
  • No dust circulation in the air it doesn’t have radiators for the heating
  • The dry heating keeps the living room or bathroom free from condensation and prevents mold formation 
  • Wall heaters provide both heating and cooling and can even be installed on the ceiling.

Considerations of Electric Wall Heater

No heating system can be without its share of pros and cons. The wall heating system is no different. Although the pros of wall heating are plenty, some cons cannot be ignored. 

The wall heaters, both the electric and the water run wall heaters, can cause quite a disruption at the installation time. As it needs to be installed inside the wall, the best time for their installation would be during a renovation. Otherwise, you’d need to plaster and paint the walls after installation. 

You’d also need to be careful before mounting anything on your wall and with your furniture’s placement. They also take a little longer to heat the area as they run at a low temperature.


The wall heater saves a lot of energy. However, even though they save you the costs of extensive power consumption, they’re not cheap. The wall heaters’ installation process can be quite expensive as the walls need to be plastered and painted. The modules and heating devices themselves can cost quite a penny as well, depending on which system one goes with. All in all, it would take around $100-$200 with the added cost of installation.

Despite this, wall heaters are much more cost and energy-efficient. They run at a low temperature than HVAC and convection radiators.

Discreet Heating System

Wall heaters, along with underfloor heating, skirting board, and passive heating, are a new discreet and hidden system and take place of conventional heaters. Which means they’re not visible but hidden and don’t take up area in the room. Some even utilize renewable energy. Underfloor heating systems don’t have vents to blow warm air into the air. They work by warming up the floor.

No bulky devices come with the underfloor heating system that needs to be attached or stored. This means no thick pipes or unattractive vents for warm air. It’s all discreetly tucked away within the wall. Here are three types of discrete heater systems besides wall heaters.

Radiant Underfloor Heating

Radiant Under floor heating is similar to wall heaters and can heat rooms from the bottom instead of from the wall. One can heat the floors of your bathrooms and more efficiently and save up on energy costs. They run at a low temperature and can double as a cooling system, too.

Under floor heating systems come in both electricity and water-based systems, which, when heating up, warm up the floors and spread the heat from the source throughout the room, similar to wall heating. The temperature of the floor is comfortable, and it’s safe enough not to burn your feet.

Skirting Board Heating

Such a system is very similar to under floor heating as they warm the room from the bottom up. They’re fitted into the foot of the walls, unlike in underfloor heating. They are placed discreetly between the wall and the floor and sometimes come with thermostat controls.

They’re available as both water-based and electricity-based heating systems that are used to heat the surface using an energy source. They’re handy for even distribution of heat without taking up much floor surface like an underfloor heating panel.

Thermal Mass Passive Heating

The passive heating with thermal mass works best by absorbing and using solar energy during the day. The renewable energy used from the sun is absorbed and collected, which is then radiated during the cooler, night times. This is a kind of surface heating system.

It doesn’t use solar panels but high-density building materials. The layouts for thermal mass surface heating, along with the window placements, insulations, and orientations, need to be factored in.

Are Wall heating Systems for the Future?

The increased eco-unfriendliness of various heating options is becoming a cause for concern for future heating and cooling systems. Future, modernistic and new surface heating and cooling systems would want to be designed to be used to reduce carbon emission while being energy efficient. New technology utilizing wall heaters can be an option.

While even wall heating systems take all that into considerations and are not new as they have been used for centuries, their future remains to be seen.

Last Updated on April 11, 2021

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Radiant Wall Heating Safe?

Safety. When it comes to safety, wall heaters are a good choice. Radiant heaters are optimised for safety with the internal pipe system. However, one must be careful to read the safety guide and not to mount or hammer into the wall near the panel.


Author: Indra Gupta

Indra is an in-house writer with a love of Newcastle United and all things sustainable.

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