The frequent problems with storage heaters
Relying on storage heaters to heat your home in the cold winter months can often be an issue. From expensive running costs to an unreliable heat source, there can often be an issue with storage heaters.
A storage heater is an electrical form of heating, designed to take advantage of ‘cheap’, night time electricity in order to heat the home cost-effectively. In the 1970s they were incredibly popular with home owners as central heating was too pricey for a lot of people. However, fast-forwards 30 years and storage heaters are not an economical method of heating your home.
Historically, storage heaters were installed to ‘charge’ during the night, utilising cheaper electricity from the grid and then heat ceramic or concrete blocks within the heater. When it is daytime they will stop charging and then release the stored heat throughout the day. This sounds like a great idea, however there are considerable issues with storage heaters.
- With busy modern day lifestyles, a lot of people are not in their homes during the day, meaning the heat provided by a storage heater during the day, before it begins to store heat again, would be wasted on an empty home. Most people want to heat their homes on an evening once returning from work and not during the day.
- There is unavoidable heating of the property overnight as the heater is charged, which can be wasteful if not required. A lot of people do not like the heating to be on whilst they sleep, which may cause issues for many.
- It is difficult to deal with sudden changes of weather. The amount of ‘charge’ is set the night before, so if you need more heat than expected the next day you will have to use costlier peak time heating.
- If you go out and don’t need to heat the home, the heat will seep out anyway, even if the fan is off, so it isn’t a particularly flexible technology.
- The units themselves tend to be large and bulky, as compared to modern electric radiators which are significantly smaller. Electric ceramic radiators are a lot smaller than storage heaters whilst still packing out a punch in terms of heat produced.
Replacing storage heaters with electric radiators is easier than you may have thought. Electric radiators only require access to an electricity socket, and once plugged in the ceramic radiators work to your needs.
At VeriSmart heating all of our electric radiators are ceramic, which is well known for having great thermal qualities. The ceramic core in the radiators allow our electric radiators to heat up quickly and emit heat over a long period of time, even after the power has been turned off. Plus, with a highly responsive thermostat, every electric radiator is able to quickly respond to the temperature of your room.
Thanks to the easy to use controls and accurate digital thermostat electric radiators allow you to set programmes that are specific to each room within your house. That makes for potential savings by only heating rooms such as your living room to your comfort temperature when you occupy them and using the setback temperature when the rooms are not in use. The problems with storage heaters can be resolved with quality electric radiators.