What You Should Know If You Have Electric Heating in Your Home

Is your home heated by an electric heating system? Electric heaters are commonly found in many flats, rented homes or other properties that do not have a connection to the gas mains. Electric heating systems usually use a water storage cylinder that has an immersion heater.

So what should you know if your home has electric heating? Here are some important tips:

Controlling Your Electric Heating

Electric heaters often have two controls – one which regulates the amount of heat that is given out by the radiator and another control that determines how much heat the unit will generate overnight. A storage type heater will gather heat at night when the rates for electricity are cheaper, then disperse it during the day. Take a look at www.electricradiatorsdirect.co.uk/electric-central-heating for many heating system options.

Adjusting the Heater

One of the perks of using an electrical heating system is that it can be easily adjusted. This means that you can turn off the heating in rooms that you are not using in order to save money. Also, you can turn the output controls on a storage heater to zero before you go to sleep and when you leave the house, so that you are not heating empty rooms unnecessarily.

When the weather is warmer you will also be able to reduce the input control so that your electric heater uses less electricity every day. In fact, in the summer months when the weather is warmer you might want to turn off the storage heaters completely. You can do this by switching them off at the socket or the wall. You don’t need to heat your home in the summer, so this will ensure that you are not using any electricity unnecessarily.

Automatic Controls

Many electric storage heaters these days will have modern controls that will allow you to set the thermostat to switch off the heater when it has reached a certain temperature. When the air in the room dips below a certain temperature the electric storage heater will release the heat until that temperature can be reached. A heater with automatic charge controls will be able to automatically control how much heat it stores every night, which will depend on the daily temperature.

If you have this type of thermostat in your home remember that it needs a free flow of air to sense the temperature. This means that it must not be blocked by curtains, hidden behind furniture or put near a heat source.

The Best Temperature

When it comes to setting the thermostat for your home, an ideal temperature to use as a benchmark is between 18 and 21 degrees. This is comfortable yet not too warm and it will be an efficient level for your heater to be running at for the long term. You will not likely be chilly at this temperature, but if you are it is better to put on a jumper or a robe and some thick socks rather than adjusting the electric heating controls.


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