Sadly the summer (if you could even call it that) is now officially over and it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to heat your home for the winter.
If you live in a flat or a small house then storage heaters can be a good option as they make the most of cheaper electricity at night time and are more than adequate for heating a compact space. They’re not quite as economical for bigger flats or houses, however, so if you have a larger area or bigger rooms to heat then it might be a good idea to check out some alternatives.
As with most things, the latest models are the most cost effective and efficient storage heaters for your home, so if you have had yours for a while then do consider upgrading or replacing them. Not only will it be better for your pocket, it will be better for the environment too and will help to cut down your carbon footprint.
If you’re not quite sure how storage heaters work, here’s a quick guide:
The units contain special heat retaining bricks, which are ‘charged up’ over night on the Economy 7 rate of electricity, which is cheaper than the day time rate. The heat is then discharged throughout the day at a steady, comfortable rate to keep your house warm and cosy.
Some storage heaters, known as combination convector storage heaters, have a built in convector unit. This means that when it gets particularly chilly you can boost the heat output by turning the convector on. These heaters are a good option for larger rooms that might need a little more intense heat to keep them at a pleasant temperature throughout the winter.
Fan assisted storage heaters are a bit more sophisticated than regular units and they also give you more control over when the heat is discharged. They store heat just like a standard unit but have a much thicker layer of insulation to prevent the heat escaping until you want to heat the room. A fan carries the hot air through the heater (once it has been heated up by the thermal bricks) and then you simply flick a switch when you want the heat to be released into the room.
If you’re thinking about storage heaters for your room, remember that they do take up more space than conventional radiators, so consider how you will slot your furniture around the heaters, and if you have a big room, consider getting two smaller heaters rather than one very big one. It will make the process of feng shui-ing your room much easier.
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