Electric storage heaters work by storing heat overnight and then releasing it gradually throughout the day.
They should be run on the Economy 7 tariff, which means that they use electricity supplied at the cheaper night time rate. The day time units are more expensive, so it’s worth putting certain appliances on a timer, such as washing machines and dishwashers. Not only does this mean you’ll get the benefit of the cheaper rate, you’ll also wake up to clean dishes!
The specific day and night periods on an Economy 7 meter vary between different regions and at different times of year. Usually the night usage is recorded between 11:30pm and 6:30am in the winter and 12:30am to 7:30am in the summer. You can contact us to find out the specific times for your meter. Modern storage heaters are fixed to the wall for stability, although their weight is taken by the floor. The heaters should be wired into your meter by an independent electrician and each one should have a separate on and off switch on the wall next to it.
Basic storage heaters - Basic storage heater controls are usually found on the top right hand side of the heater and can sometimes be found under a flap. There are two main controls on a storage heater, an input and an output (or boost control).
Automatic storage heaters - Automatic storage heaters have an input controller which has an in-built sensor to monitor the air temperature during the charging period.
Fan assisted storage heaters - Fan assisted storage heaters blow warm air into your room from the bottom of the heater. Some of these will also have a convector heater that works like a combination storage heater.
Combination storage heaters - Combination storage heaters have a built in convector that runs separately on the day rate.Less It’s useful for a top up in cold weather, or when you don’t need much heat and don’t want to run the main heater overnight. It’s not a good idea to use it on its own all the time as it will cost you more money to run. The input and output work the same as the basic storage heater. The convector heater has its own controls, normally with a red or orange light to show it’s on.