recommendations for heating small house
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We have a small house which we rent out. tenants leaving and we plan to replace heating system. Currently electric storage heaters but They are quite old and the tenants said they were expensive to run. We have cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and its all double glazed. there is no gas to the property. At the same time we would like to add heating to the conservatory there. So basically one bedroom, lounge, kitchen and conservatory. Bathroom has a wall heater which I think is sufficient as its very small. We think we might let it out for holidays now instead of long term tenants. All ideas much appreciated and if anybody can recommend a good electric system that that would be great. I am guessing oil Central heating would be too much of a faff.
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I’ve looked into all options - storage, air to air mini/multi split heat pump, direct electric inc. infra red panels, oil wet system.
Storage wins with oil/LPG WCH a close second.
There’s pros and cons with all types but I think I’ll go with Dimplex Quantums for main living space.
Relatively easy fitting, clean and hopefully, maintenance free.
It may be possible to use the heaters on a ring main to save rewiring.
Also bear in mid that you may need to have additional wiring or the existing wiring reconfigured. These heaters either need dual power feeds - a dedicated off-peak supply for the storage element and an always on for the thermostat/backup heater and fan or a single always on feed withe the off peak demand being controlled by the inbuilt timer. It will depend how your supplies are metered and controlled.
You'll also need to take into account how your hot water is supplied - has it got a dedicated off-peak supply or has it's own time switch.I'm guessing that you've got a dedicated off-peak supply for your heater and hot water (with a big time switch or contactor next to the main meter to control it)