In colder months we are left wondering what the cost of heating our homes are. The choices are limited for those without central heating.
This leaves the question of should you use electric radiators or a storage heater?
Both use electricity which is more expensive than gas. However, there are ways to reduce the cost of heating your home.
What is the difference between an electric radiator and a storage heater?
Electric radiators work through convection. Much like a radiator attached to a central heating system, they emit warmth as the liquid inside them heats up.
Storage heaters are electric heaters that store thermal energy. They work by heating internal ceramic bricks during the night and then release heat from them during the day.
Is an electric radiator or storage heater best for me?
Storage heaters work by using energy at night. You can reduce the costs of powering a storage heater by switching to an Economy 7 tariff. This tariff offers a cheaper unit rate for your electricity during off-peak hours at night. However, you should be aware that your peak unit rate will be higher than on a standard tariff.
Storage heaters have a reputation for being reliable. They are bulky and larger than electric radiators. Storage heaters convert electricity to heating with little waste. One of the main drawbacks of storage heaters is that you have little control over the temperature.
Once it has heated up through the night, they slowly emit heat during the following day. This makes them less energy efficient. It also means you can’t save power for when you need it.
Electric radiators are more economical than electric heaters. They convert all the electricity they use to heating. The main benefit is that you can control the temperature you want accurately.
New electric radiator models are incredibly responsive. Just like with thermostats on central heating systems, turning down by only one degree can save up to 10% on your electricity bill.
Some electric radiators are made from recycled materials. This makes them more environmentally-friendly. They also tend to cause less condensation than storage heaters, which can cause allergies in some cases. Storage heaters can cause damage to paint work and plaster.
How can I improve the efficiency of my storage heater or electric radiator?
In most cases, an electric radiator is cheaper and more effective than a storage heater.
There are several ways you can improve how efficient both work:
- Make sure you are on a cheap energy deal that suits your energy use. Both electric radiators and storage heaters use electricity. That means, the higher the unit price of electricity, the more you will pay.
- If you are going to use a storage heater, ensure you are on an Economy 7 tariff. But be warned, if you use energy during the day the unit rates are costly.
- Improve the insulation in your home. The better your home is insulated, the less energy required to heat it. Increasing ventilation and reducing draughts also helps. Block the gaps between windows and doors. Keep doors closed when heating a room.
- Make sure you turn on electric radiators only when needed. Use the thermostat to set between 18 and 21 °C.
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