Storage Heater Replacement
If you are looking into replacing storage heaters it suggests your heating hasn’t been changed for a long time and having had storage heaters for so long you may not be aware of why they are a problem, or what better products may be available. Below we will look at why they aren’t good for the majority of people and what might be better suited to your needs.
Storage heaters first became popular in the 1950s, they were developed to try and offer an affordable alternative to people who lived in areas that didn’t have access to mains gas supply. The idea behind them was clever and they were a good idea at the time, however, time has moved on and there are much better options to how to heat your home. Storage heaters work using an economy 7 or 2 rate meter where there is two rates, a more expensive one for the day and a cheaper one for the night. The heaters would be switched on during the night when the electricity is less expensive and charge heat into ceramic bricks which would then distribute the heat during the day.
In principle this idea makes sense, however for many people who have full-time jobs etc, they would be heating their homes during the day when nobody is home, and often at night the stored heat would run out and you would be forced to either be cold or use your heaters at the more expensive rate that would lead to you overpaying. Having storage heaters also forces you to have an economy 7 tariff which less and less companies support, giving you fewer choices of suppliers or to get a good rate.
Why are they a problem?
- They are big, ugly and usually unpleasant shades of grey or brown
- Hard to control
- They are very inefficient and can lead to massive bills
- They release foul-smelling exhaust fumes
- Bad for asthma sufferers
- Once they run out of stored heat, they are expensive to use
- Most people won’t be in during the day so the heat is wasted
- Very limited selection of energy tariffs left on the market
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