How to Make Sure Your Electric Heater Doesn't Waste Energy

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How to Make Sure Your Electric Heater Doesn Photo by Colin Armstrong

It's common to find homes with electric heaters and radiators. These are ideal for keeping you warm during the winter. Heaters have come under fire for not being energy efficient, though. With all the concern over carbon emissions and going green, energy inefficiency is something you want to avoid.

Heaters can waste energy if used in an incorrect manner. In this article, we will discuss how you can make sure your electric radiators and heaters are as energy efficient as possible.

Thermostats : A thermostat is more than a device designed to tell the heater how much power it needs to use. Thermostats keep the room's air at that specific temperature. Many cheap, low-end heaters that do not incorporate thermostats will continue to heat the room, even when it reaches the desired temperature.

Always shell out for a heater with a thermostat. Once the room reaches a certain temperature, the heater will automatically stop, and therefore save energy.

The Right Size Heater : Let's say you want to look at a range of vertical radiators to heat a room within your home or business. This heater must be of the right size to sufficiently heat your room. The wrong size heater can lead to huge amounts of electricity being wasted.

For example, if a large room has just a small heater at one end of the room then it is never going to reach your desired temperature. It does not have enough power to hit the temperature you set on the thermostat. This means it is going to struggle on for hours, wasting immense amounts of electricity.

A heater that is too large will use too much electricity in getting to your desired temperature. This isn't an exact science. Ask your supplier for some guidance on the right size heater for your room.

Heating Location : Heaters need to have correct positioning to make them as efficient as possible. A heater that sits near an outside wall will spend more time and energy heating up the cold air coming in from the outside.

Make sure it is pointed towards an interior wall. The stream of heat should reach the centre of the room to ensure it is not wasting all its energy trying to heat up an exterior wall.

If you pointed a heater directly at the outside wall, it would take longer for the room to reach your desired temperature. In other words, the heater will have to work for longer and use up more energy than needed.

Get it Fixed! : The problem with heaters is these are often put into storage when the spring comes around and forgotten about until it's cold again. This means people often forget about essential maintenance.

As a heater gets older, it tends to become inefficient. It needs to use more energy to maintain an optimal level of performance. You should inspect your heater after each winter period to make sure it does not require any attention from a professional.

Proper maintenance will ultimately help you to save money on your energy bills in the long-term.

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Electric Heating Supplies (EHS) is a reputable supplier of vertical radiators and electric heaters. They take pride in guiding customers in choosing the right heater for them.

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