8. Electric storage heaters

 

If you live in a property with electric storage heating rather than gas central heating (radiators).

 

Storage heaters run on off-peak electricity which means they switch on in the evening and use electricity supplied in the cheaper night rate. The heat is gathered up inside special heat retaining bricks ready for heating up the home the following day.

 

Storage heaters generally have two controls – input and output

 

Input:

 

The input controls the amount of heat that is stored in the heater overnight. It should be set on the lower settings in milder months and the higher settings during the winter.

 

Output (room temperature or boost):

 

The output controls the amount of heat that is let out. Like the input control the settings would be higher the colder it gets. It should be turned down to the lowest setting when no further heating is required.

 

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