Just bought a studio flat whose sole source of heat is one night
storage heater: the conversion is only five years old but I thought
these went out with flares. Any advice on upgrading if we stick with
electricity - oil-filled radiators? There is gas in the building but
unfortunately not in the flat. Worth moving to it despite the cost?
Many thanks for any suggestions.
That depends enitrely on insulation levels. I froze in a three bed
cottage with night storage rads, and spent 1200 quid over a year for the
privilege. My 6 bed house stays warm as toast on about 8-900 quid. (oil)
The maximum cost of running each SR is independent of the
house insulation. They are rated at 12, 18 and 24 Kw and
this is maximum charge they will accept in the 7 hours they
are turned on for. So the largest costs 24 * 2pence * 150
days which is 90 pounds. Properly set up (on the correct
tariff, this is the maximum that a single radiator can ever cost
to run for half the year. Of course, you will usually turn it
down lower in autumn and spring so it will actually costs less.
Then you would have froze in the house, whatever heating
it had. In any case this is irrelevant, the OP has a new
build which WILL have good insulation.
perhaps you were on the wrong tariff
Obviously the larger the house the more cost effective a
boiler will be, but for a small one-bed house/flat the
maintenance overhead of a boiler is significant.
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