There is an urban myth that electric heaters are expensive to run, but this is not necessarily the case.
Depending on how you run your heating system, you could save a considerable amount of money by using electric heating.
Thermostatically Controlled Heating
It is a well-known fact that controllability in heating (and every aspect of your home) is the way forward.
Homeowners are always looking for the newest way to stay in control of their home for maximum efficiency, as well as to simplify their lives.
By using thermostatically controlled heating, you have complete control of when your home is heated and to what temperature.
By doing so, you minimise the amount of energy wasted to power your heaters when you don’t actually require the heat.
Let’s look at night storage heaters for example.
They work on the premise that we as consumers know exactly what the weather will be like the next day.
Yes, we have weather forecasts, but we know from that whole hurricane incident in 1987, where Michael Fish said there definitely wouldn’t be a hurricane (and there definitely was), that weather forecasts are nothing more than an estimate.
Let’s assume that you retire to bed at 10pm, with your night storage heating switched on and set to be drawing power for 7 hours overnight. You wake up in the morning to find the sun is out and you don’t require the heat.
Now what? You would have just wasted 7 hours’ worth of energy you didn’t even need to. Not only did you waste the energy, you have to wait for that heat to dissipate. Until it does, your home is even warmer than you’d like it to be.
With thermostatically controlled heating, you wouldn’t have used any energy and can simply switch the heating off until you need it again.
Night Storage Heaters
Not only do night storage heaters offer little to no controllability along with poor heat distribution, they often run out of heat by mid to late afternoon. Because of this, homeowners have to boost their heating with an additional radiator, such as a fan heater or oil rad. This is an extra cost and can significantly increase your monthly energy costs.
By using a thermostatically controlled heating system (like Fischer radiators), you simply set when you want the room to be warm and to what temperature and the thermostat does the rest of the work for you.
No guess work. No unwanted heat. More comfort and control.
In comparison to central heating
Not only are gas boilers and central heating systems harmful to our environment through the harmful greenhouse gases they produce, they may require regular servicing and maintenance to keep them functional.
Electric heating, no matter the type or the brand, requires none. You can save a considerable amount of money by cutting out all servicing costs from your budget.
Are electric heaters expensive to run?
In conclusion, if used correctly and controlled correctly (preferably with a thermostat), electric heaters are no more expensive to run than any other form of heating.