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Storage Heaters

​Facts

  • A storage heater normally has at least two controls, one for controlling how much electricity is used, which will determine how much heat is generated for storage, and another for controlling how much heat is released. This means that if you’re out during the day, you can delay the release of the heat until you return in the evening. More advanced storage heaters also have thermostatic controls.
  • Unlike older storage heaters, which took up a lot of space, modern units use bricks with much greater heat storage capability, and are far more streamlined.
  • In some cases, storage heaters can also serve as direct electric heaters, providing heat directly from electricity without going through the storage stage, however they will typically use peak rate electricity which is more expensive.
  • Often homes relying on storage heaters will also have separate electric heating systems to supplement heating needs; invariably these will use peak rate electricity and are very expensive to run.

Benefits

  • Unlike gas, mains electricity is available almost everywhere in the UK.
  • Storage heaters can offer a practical solution for many homeowners; for example, as the heat is released throughout the day, storage heaters are more suitable for people who are retired or at home all day.

Negatives

  • Storage heaters are often deemed unattractive and the nature of their design makes them quite bulky protruding into a room.

Typical storage heater.