20 Jun 2016

ATTN landlords- Electric Radiators will reduce your EPC Rating

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Many landlords have removed aging Night storage heaters and replaced them with direct electric radiators. Whilst this type of radiator has superb controls and timers, heat response time, is attractive and easy to install, PLEASE be clear that your EPC rating will plummet as a result. Landlords will remember that by 2018, premises that do not attain a minimum E rating cannot be rented out. DCLG view these heaters as ‘Peak heaters’ using peak rate electricity usually at least twice the cost of ‘off peak’ Economy 7 and 10 rates.

E7 night store heating has seldom been praised in my experience; too hot when you do not need it, cold when you do in the evening. Dimplex have been working on this problem and created the new ‘Quantum’ high heat retention storage heaters which, whilst expensive are in a different league to older style storage heaters, and appear to have addressed all the weaknesses. Beware of getting rid of your ‘E7 dual meter, especially if you have an older property and a large hot water cylinder. This is fully Independent advice, I do not sell or receive commission from anybody.

About the Author

Vince set up Cornwall Home Energy Surveys in 2008 after 22 years as a Lecturer/ Head at Plymouth then Cornwall Colleges, followed by a 5 year stint with Cornwall Tourist Board. Based in St Agnes, Vince is ideally placed to carry out Energy Assessments in the Truro, Falmouth, Camborne and Newquay areas. Living in Cornwall, with a great family and an interesting job; life doesn't get much better.

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