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Dispelling storage heater myths


Over the past 40 years it’s no secret that our storage heaters have changed drastically. From the old style SH24 manual control range to the latest ECOSSH smart storage heater range, we’ve come a long way. With storage heaters constantly evolving along with today’s technology and capabilities, why are there so many myths regarding storage heaters?

So, what’s changed since the introduction of storage heaters?

Since the 1960’s so much has changed regarding the structure, efficiency and features of storage heaters. The first storage heater made in 1961 by Dimplex was a huge breakthrough into the domestic heating market. However, it was far from perfect. Most storage heaters manufactured around that time contained asbestos which when inhaled could cause serious illness and could potentially lead to death. Now, 60 years forward people still have the common misconception that storage heaters contain asbestos when, they haven’t contained asbestos since 1947. Another common belief about storage heaters is the fact that they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning. However, this can’t be any further away from the truth. Storage heaters work by heating up the thermalite bricks within the storage heater and don’t work by burning any combustible fuel that could potentially cause carbon monoxide to build up within your home. This makes storage heaters much safer than gas boilers as carbon monoxide is a colourless, odourless gas that when inhaled can lead to death.

What’s the difference between old and new storage heaters today?

Other than current storage heaters being asbestos free, there are many new features within our Elnur storage heaters and within storage heaters today. Our High Heat Retention, or HHR, range is a perfect example of how storage heaters have evolved over the years. The ECOHHR range contains thermalite bricks which are our best heat absorbing bricks which allow the storage heater to retain more heat during the day to slowly release it based upon the user set temperature via the digital control panel. Furthermore, our newest range of Smart Storage Heaters use innovative technology which allows controllability via Wi-Fi and the Elnur G-Control Hub. Using smart Integral energy manager (IEM) technology the SSH automatically adjusts charging to suit the climate and demand.

What are the benefits of new storage heaters?

Now you may be asking yourself, why should I replace my old storage heater? It works perfectly fine. Well, ever since the LOT 20 legislation of January 1st, 2018 all storage heaters require a list of new features to be manufactured. This meant a higher standard of efficiency, more controllability, higher comfort levels and heat all day. With the introduction of new insulation techniques within the storage heaters, current heat retention rates are much higher than they used to be. With High Heat Retention storage heaters being able to retain 50% of the heat stored after 24 hours from a full charge. Furthermore, all our Elnur storage heaters come with a digital control panel which allows for full programmability to make your storage heater perfect for your needs, a built in highly accurate thermostat sensitive to ±0.1°C. Additionally, all LOT 20 compliant storage heaters require an additional heat source. Elnur Storage heaters include a balancing element made of aluminium. Unlike other brands that use a traditional boost element, Elnur decided on a balancing element due to its increased efficiency. See our Balancing element blog here for more info.

Will storage heaters be phased out?

A common misconception about storage heaters is that they will soon become obsolete due to incorrect information about their efficiency and cost when this isn’t the case at all. Storage heaters are a major part of the future plans for economical eco-friendly heating. Due to the UK gas boiler regulation rules, in 2025 all new homes will be banned from installing gas boilers. This new change will require another source of heating such as electric night storage heaters, electric boilers, electric radiators. In addition to this the UK Eco Scheme, started in April 2013, is funded by the government and requires energy companies to upgrade heating within homes of people who may be struggling financially. For more information regarding the Eco Scheme please visit the following link: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/eco/support-improving-your-home

Which storage heater should I buy?

When it comes to a choice of storage heater, there’s no better option then one of our Elnur Storage Heaters. With a 5-year warranty, an intuitive LCD display with advanced control options and a temperature sensor with calibration options, our SSH range of storage heaters would be perfect for anyone looking to transition towards storage heaters.

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