Storage heaters are designed to provide comfortable warmth by releasing heat slowly throughout the day. These economical heaters take advantage of low-tariff electricity, whereby they only generate electricity when it is available at a low price. The main use of a storage heater is for it to radiate heat into a room (usually one that is occupied) in either the home or the office, acting as a low cost substitute for central heating systems.
Storage heaters, or electric storage heaters, use electricity as their heat source as it is can often be more economical than fossil fuels such as gas or oil.
Electric Storage Heaters
Electric storage heaters are deeper than conventional electric radiators as clay bricks and other ceramic materials are used for the storing of heat because of their vast heat capacity. The bricks heat up when electricity is turned on to whatever temperature is required, charging the electric heater, which are then kept warm for around 14 hours from surrounding insulation. Heat is stored during off-peak hours in the evening or at night for cost efficiency, which makes the electric storage heater a more competitive source of controllable heat energy.
Night Storage Heaters
Night storage heaters are the most common type of storage heater, and are a perfect example of electricity being a less expensive way of heating. As they are solely designed for retaining heat at night, they are able to use cheaper off-peak electricity on special off-peak tariffs such as such as Economy 7, Economy 10, or Warmwise.
Fan Assisted Storage Heaters
As the name suggests, fan assisted storage heaters incorporate a thermostatically controlled fan to ensure that the stored heat is only released into the room when required. As they are automatically regulated, fan assisted storage heaters are the most energy efficient type of storage heater around, and are greatly insulated to additionally ensure that no heat is wasted.
Slimline Storage Heaters
As well as being aesthetically pleasing, modern slimline storage heaters often have automatic charge controls which measure the temperature in the room, also a feature of fan assisted storage heaters. The controls store heat depending on how hot or cold the room is which ultimately reduces electricity costs as this is a much more eco-friendly way of utilising storage heaters.
Storage Heater Covers
Storage heater covers usually take the form of cabinets that are made out of wood, MDF or similar material. Often these materials, especially wood, can provide an elegant solution for concealing storage heaters. They are created with grilles, so therefore hold capability of providing excellent air circulation in addition to having appealing designs which allows the storage heater to blend in with the surroundings of any environment.
Storage Heater Installation
As storage heaters use electricity as their heat source, little installation or plumbing is required other than fitting wall fixings for wall mounted storage heaters. Electricity also ensures powerful heating capabilities, whist still being economical by taking advantage of low-tariff electricity.
Storage heaters are useful additions to any existing heating system, and could be used as replacements in more confined areas such as garages, workshops, and even small houses. Nevertheless, this does not reduce the effectiveness of storage heaters used in large warehouses and industrial sized buildings for business use.