It’s that Time of the Year Again (When we Moan About Storage Heaters)

Yes it’s that time of year again. Spring – nice lighter evenings, if we’re lucky a bit less rain, and of course warmer days. All good, unless you have electric night storage heaters that is.

If you do, you’ll relate to this time of year being one of the most infuriating. Typically spring can bring a mixture of weather. One day it can be quite warm, but the next it can change quite dramatically and you’ll be donning coats and possibly even gloves again if you venture out.

When Weather Forecasts go Wrong

Weather forecasts don’t tend to help much. If you’ve ever looked at one of those online ones and seen it state a 0% chance of rain, only to go out without your umbrella and then be caught in a deluge, you’ll know what I mean.

You can't always predict the weather, which makes working out whether to put your storage heaters on a real challenge.

You can’t always predict the weather, which makes working out whether to put your storage heaters on a real challenge.

What I’m getting at is, if you’ve got night storage heaters, you’ll probably dread this time of year because it’s all about predicting what the weather’s going to be like, so you can work out whether to put the heating on the night before.

Leave it off and you could face a chilly day if the weather turns against you. But put it on and you could be wasting money by opening windows to cool things down if it’s turned out warm.

Make the Switch, Ditch the Frustration

If you are thinking you can’t face another round of this will-it-won’t-it weather predicting, you might want to think about switching your system to electric central heating. This offers the opportunity to switch on or off depending on the weather, so there’s no more playing it by ear. Also you get hot water on demand rather than working from a limited tank supply, which can be another annoyance of storage heaters.

It’s a fairly easy transformation. We just take out the water tank and put an electric boiler in its place. Then we replace the storage heaters with electric radiators. The same wiring is used so it’s pretty much a straight swap. The final stage is to change the supply to the fuseboard so it works off standard tariff electricity rather than Economy 7. It all takes under a day and you end up with a fully controllable heating system that will be efficient to run.

If you’d like to say goodbye to the frustrations of trying to predict the weather, get in touch and we can give you a quote on a new electric central heating system.

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