What are Storage Heaters?
Storage heaters are a common technology used to heat people's homes. They run on electric and are created to charge themselves during the evening while using off-peak electricity, which is cheaper for the user. The heater stores the heat to be used during the next day, when electricity is more expensive to use; absolutely saving you money on your electric bill.
How do they work?
These heaters contain clay bricks which absorb the heat when switched on, essentially charging themselves. Insulation inside the heater helps to lock in the heat to be released the following day.
What types of heaters are there?
These days there is a wide array of heaters and electric radiators to choose from to cater for your specific home needs. Designed specifically to look modern and sleek, they are no longer unsightly and space-demanding. Made safer than traditional heaters, up-to-date heaters are less likely to cause nasty burns or hazards. With the latest energy efficient technologies, there's bound to be a heater that you will welcome in to your home. Electric Storage Heaters are created to be highly energy efficient with minimum heat wastage and are ideal for homes which are vacant during the day, but which family returns in the evening, while Night Storage Heaters are one of the top money saving methods of heating the home and are perfect for people who spend their days around the house.
What are the advantages of the storage heater?
- Cheap and easy to install.
- Quiet; no noise from pumps or pipes.
- Easy to maintain.
- Uses off-peak electricity; cheap to run.
- Many different designs to choose from to suit your décor needs.
- Each heater is individual; If one heater falters, you will not be left in the cold by all of them.
- No oil tank, boiler or gas supply needed.
What are the disadvantages?
- Expensive to run on day-rate electricity if you run out.
- Heaters inevitably leak heat out; whether you want them to or not.
- Most of the heat is let out early in the morning.
- The user has little control of the heat output and controls can be difficult to understand.
- Once the heat is stored it has to be released; even on a hot day.
Storage heaters have come a long way in style and standards, however, always use common sense and caution; do not leave young children, animals, old or infirm persons unsupervised with a storage heater. Do not cover your heater. If you need to dry clothes, place them on a dry-rack near the heater, and always ensure that there is at least a 6 “gap between the top of the heater and any curtains or hangings nearby.