What Are The Best Storage Heaters

As the cold sets in, finding ways to keep warm when we’re at home can be a real chore. From sky high gas and electricity bills to our growing awareness of the need to reduce our carbon footprint, it can be difficult to know what to opt for. A storage heater is a great choice for those whose heating runs solely on electricity which can save you money in the long run. Quiet and easy to instal, they can also be super convenient.

So, what exactly is a storage heater?

A traditional storage heater runs off electricity and works by heating up its internal ceramic elements during the night, then running off the stored heat during the day. This heat can power out for several hours and heats the air already in the room. There are more modern options, though, which allow you to heat during the day, control the temperature via Wi-Fi and warm up your home more efficiently. The cost is higher with these, however, so there are pros and cons to each option, depending on what you value the most.

How do I know if a storage heater is a good option for me?

If your home runs solely off electricity, a storage heater is a good option. They suit homes running on Economy 7 tariffs as they work during off-peak times (for example, the middle of the night) and are therefore more cost efficient. However, if you use a combination of gas and electric, other variations of electric heaters may be more efficient for you.

How much do they cost to run?

Running costs depend on the wattage you choose for your heater, but generally speaking, if you use it during off peak times, your electricity bill will be significantly lower than using a standard electric radiator.

Elnur Ecombi Wifi Controlled Storage Heater

Wattage: 2.6kw

Best for: Energy efficiency

Warming up a space as large as 18 square metres, those living in open plan homes will appreciate the power of this heater. Using an integral energy manager (Elnur’s own design) it monitors how much of the charged heat you use during the day, then automatically readjusts how much heat it stores up in the night, making it the most energy efficient on the list. There’s also a backup heater for extra chilly moments when you need a boost of warmth and it has a built in precision thermostat that will regulate the room temperature.

If that wasn’t enough, it uses this thermostat to control the temperature even whilst charging, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with a stuffy room during the night. To top it off, it can connect to a mobile device via Wi-Fi, allowing you to keep tabs on and control your energy usage from anywhere in the world. This is a storage heater fit for the 21st century.