Heat of the argument

Heat of the argument

Heat of the argument

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WHEN designing heating systems and sizing radiators, various factors are required to calculate kilowatt (kW) heat loss for the building and deciding on which type of fuel to use.

So it is with interest that I read in the Business section (The Press, February 5) that an online firm is experiencing high sales of “energy-efficient” electric heating products.

Now I know that modern slim ceramic core storage units have replaced the old brick night-storage heaters running on off-peak electricity and that electricity efficiency is 100 per cent, as opposed to gas at, say, 85 per cent, depending on energy supplier’s charges, which do vary, electric costs in this instance would be around twice as much as gas per kW.

If an on-peak electric radiator was installed, the same output as one heated by a gas boiler, the running cost would be around three times as much per kW. It would be interesting to hear the thoughts of someone with full electric heating and from someone with gas central heating in a similar house regarding annual running costs if that was possible.

Mike Harrison, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York.

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4:37pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Mulgrave says...

I asked a similar question from a different angle earlier in the week in the comments after John Cossham's anti-fracking letter which seemed to be saying that we should just move away from gas - to what, and more importantly HOW MUCH? - I didn't get any direct answers.

My experience is - if a property is of any size is served by mains gas; use it, much cheaper than daytime electric heating, and controllable on demand, unlike electric night storage, which can be difficult as you need to know in advance what you will be doing the next day to use it efficiently, and you can get caught out by our unpredictable weather. A small flat is perhaps the exception when the relatively high price of the gas boiler and servicing and repairs may represent too high a cost in relation to fuel cost.
I asked a similar question from a different angle earlier in the week in the comments after John Cossham's anti-fracking letter which seemed to be saying that we should just move away from gas - to what, and more importantly HOW MUCH? - I didn't get any direct answers. My experience is - if a property is of any size is served by mains gas; use it, much cheaper than daytime electric heating, and controllable on demand, unlike electric night storage, which can be difficult as you need to know in advance what you will be doing the next day to use it efficiently, and you can get caught out by our unpredictable weather. A small flat is perhaps the exception when the relatively high price of the gas boiler and servicing and repairs may represent too high a cost in relation to fuel cost. Mulgrave
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