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If you are looking to upgrade your old electric storage heaters, to have a warmer home AND reduce your electricity bills you’ll love this guide. The Definitive Buying Guide (2021)
This is the ultimate guide to replacing Electric Storage Heaters for 2021.
We take you through exactly what storage heaters are, how they work, and the best way to replace them.
Can I get a grant to replace my storage heaters?
Our aim to make people aware of a little known government grant scheme for Free Storage Heaters where people on low income benefits could be eligible to replace old electric storage heaters FREE OF CHARGE!
Electric storage heater grants are available for eligible households in the UK as part of the ECO (Energy Companies Obligation) Scheme. Your home could benefit from the free installation or replacement of faulty or inefficient storage heaters.
How much does it cost to replace an electric storage heater?
A storage heater can cost from around £150 to over £1000 to buy and install, depending on the heat output required.
Generally speaking, the more you spend on a storage heater, the more features your model will have.
New storage heaters need to be installed by a qualified electrician and usually costs from about £70 if there is existing wiring plus the cost of the new heater).
A new installation will require new wiring so you should expect to pay around £50 extra per heater.
The best storage heaters cost to buy more initially but will save you money over time because they will be more efficient and therefore will cost less to run.
What is the best replacement for storage heaters?
There are a few types of heaters available to you if you wish to replace old heaters.
The heaters that have had the best reviews consistently over the years are below:
Creda, Dimplex, Elnur, Heat store, Siebel Eltron and Vent Axia.
What Size heater should I buy
This depends on the size of your room and how much heat you need.
Very important to correctly size your heater for each room as a small heater in a large room will not be able to heat the room effectively and ultimately won’t be efficient.
Please ask your local installer to work out the best size for you using a special matrix.
Are new storage heaters more efficient?
Although new storage heaters are not cheap, they are more efficient than they used to be in a number of ways, so running costs will be cheaper. If you have old storage heaters, the insulation around the heating core may well have broken down over time and this will affect their efficiency.
Should storage heaters be left on all the time?
If you do need heat over the summer, you may only need to switch the storage heaters on to charge every other night. … You can save more heat for the evening by keeping the setting low during the day, such as 1 when the room is warm enough or you are going out.
Are old storage heaters dangerous?
Some old storage heaters contained asbestos sheets and if they are damaged, asbestos dust and fibres may be released. If inhaled into the lungs, they may give rise to an asbestos-related disease such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
What is the lifespan of a storage heater?
The life expectancy of a typical storage heater is 10 – 15 years old.
Models older than this should typically be replaced with modern automatic models. In recent years ‘automatic models’ have been introduced as standard since they offer small gains in terms of efficiency and economy.
Types Of Storage Heater.
Modern storage heaters are to 27% cheaper to run than a standard storage heater system and up to 47% compared to an electric convector heater
Fan-assisted storage heaters that distribute heat further into the room by blowing warm air from the bottom of the heater.
Combination storage heaters combine a storage heater and a traditional electric convection heater. You can switch on the convection heater anytime to give an instant boost of heat.
Combination storage heaters are usually installed in large rooms where a storage heater alone isn’t sufficient.
Manual storage heaters are the cheapest to buy, but are gradually being phased out and replaced by more efficient, automatic models
They are very basic and don’t allow much control over the heat output. This can lead to wasted energy and overheated rooms.
An automatic storage heater will save you money in the long run, but you will pay a lot more.
Storage Heater Running Costs
|Power Rating||Per Hour||Per Day*|
|400W||7.42p 400W||£0.52 2.8kWh|
|800W||14.83p 800W||£1.04 5.6kWh|
|1100W (1.1kW)||20.39p 1100W||£1.43 7.7kWh|
|1400W (1.4kW)||25.96p 1400W||£1.82 9.8kWh|