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Replacing electric storage heaters?

Does anyone have experience with replacing electric storage heaters in an old house? We viewed an older (200 years) house, recently renovated but preserving many of the original features, such as the timber beams, herringbone parquet etc. It is heated by the wood stove in the living room, electric underfloor heating in the kitchen and bathrooms (costly) and electric storage heaters (elektrospeicherofen) in the other rooms. The floor structure precludes (I think) a radical conversion to e.g. a heat pump and underfloor heating, but would conversion of the 4 rooms on electric storage heaters to some other system be financially attractive? I'm guessing the only real option is a conventional wet central boiler system with radiators...

Has anyone ever been in this situation?
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Old 23.03.2011, 17:32
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Re: Replacing electric storage heaters?

we are in this situation at the moment, our only real choice would be an oil central heating system, but with the wood burner in the kitchen/living room you really don't need anything else, once the house is warm it stays warm, just chuck a log in the burner every now an then to keep it going.

check if the house has any insulation at all, ours didn't, and just sorting that made a huge difference.

the only down side is sometimes it gets too hot in the house and you have to start opening windows, which is a bit odd when its -20c outside.
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Re: Replacing electric storage heaters?

Thanks for the opinion. I had forgotten the potential of a wood stove. I had friends in Canada in a 200 year old farmhouse which did pretty well on just the wood stove. They had a forced air system retrofitted to parts of the house, but rarely had to use it.

The windows are classic multi-pane. Look lovely, but definitely are leaky. Insulation seems mediocre at best, but typically stout wall thickness. You are right that more would be gained with improvements here.
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Re: Replacing electric storage heaters?

Something about insulation. It might be useful to check whether the windows or roof or places where roof meets the wall are leaking. And a good way is to check with infra-red camera. We did it recently with this company http://atiba.ch/f/thermographie-analyse.asp
Due to exploring only quite small apartment and not a house they reduced their standard prices to 350 CHF without a written report and 500 CHF with. They are in Vaud but willing to travel. Are able to answer emails in English.
I am not connected to them and certainly other companies do exist. Just wanted to give an idea of this method.
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Re: Replacing electric storage heaters?

Thanks for the reminder. Luckily I have direct access to such equipment, but had forgotten about it and the practical application.
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