As electric heating technology has advanced, new alternatives to storage heating have developed which are not only more controllable but may be more economical for many homeowners currently using storage heaters. The exceptional energy efficiency of our new generation electric radiators means that, even whilst using standard tariff electricity, they often work out cheaper to run than storage heaters. This is because storage heaters are inherently inefficient: they “leak” heat throughout the charging process, providing a level of heat throughout the night which few people require and many find uncomfortable. The limited controllability of storage heaters not only reduces their efficiency – it can also impact on your comfort. This is because storage heater charge must be set the night before your day of heating, so you must always predict or guess the temperature of the following day. If the day is unexpectedly warm, you will have wasted power over-charging your heaters and your home will be uncomfortably hot. If the weather is unexpectedly cold, your charge is likely to run out, leaving you without heating. In these situations, you can use an on-demand fan heater or panel heater to boost the temperature – but if you’re using an Economy 7 tariff you’ll be charged a premium for using day-time electricity.
We tend to find that storage heaters are only an economical choice if you need heat constantly throughout the day, for instance if you are retired or work from home. Some of our customers find that storage heaters only suit certain areas of their home, such as their living room or kitchen, but may benefit from using an electric radiator in their bedroom to prevent overheating at night. Many people who have used storage heaters could save money by switching to energy efficient electric radiators. Individual thermostats and 24/7 programming controllers fitted onto each radiator allow you to regulate the temperature in every room and set up unique heating schedules to provide your home with heat when and where needed. This allows you to cut down your power usage to the minimum you need to stay warm and comfortable all year around – and the lower your power usage, the smaller your heating bills.
For more information, advice and expert guidance on whether storage heaters or electric radiators would be the best choice for your home and lifestyle, speak to our friendly product advisors today. Our expert team will be delighted to provide you with more information on all our products as well as a free personalised heating quote. Call us on 0330 880 8181.