How do storage heaters work and what is Economy 7?

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Just how do storage heaters work? If you have found yourself living in a property with this type of heating system, you may well be wondering how to make the most of it, what the advantages of storage heaters are and whether or not you should just rip them out and replace them with other types of radiator instead. 

Here, we take a look at the idea behind storage heaters, how they work to heat a house and their benefits and drawbacks. We'll also explain how storage heaters have moved on in recent years, what they are likely to cost to run and and what do if you want to swap them for an entirely different type of heat source.

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.