A storage heater is an appliance often used in homes or businesses that creates reserves of thermal energy during time periods when electricity is less expensive, such as at night, and then releases the stored heat during the day. The storage heater may be made out of ceramic, clay, concrete or other materials, and can be purchased online or through hardware stores, home-repair stores, or certain appliance retailers. Operating a storage heater is fairly simple.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Power supply
Sign up for an "Off Peak Energy Plan" through your local power company. Let them know you are installing a storage heater and ask whether an electric meter to track the energy used is necessary. If so, they will install the meter for you.
Turn on the storage heater and turn the input switch to the desired amount of heat to be stored. Consider the amount of heat needed to warm the home or business during the day, and adjust the input switch accordingly.
Turn the output switch to the desired amount of heat to be released during the day. Consider whether the heat should be increased if individuals will be present, or decreased if no one will be in the home during the day.
Set the thermostat to turn on and off automatically, depending upon the schedule needed for heat storage and release. Most storage heaters have a programmable thermostat that allows for the setting of schedules that will run automatically.
Turn on the "Peak Usage" switch when the heater will be used more often, such as the winter, and the "Off Peak" switch when the heater will be used less frequently, such as in the summertime or warmer months.
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