Using inexpensive and efficient heating during unexpected cold snaps
The clocks going forward at the end of March heralds longer days and hopefully the true onset of spring, but it’s possible temperatures can plummet at various times just as you begin to think about switching the heating off or at least turning it down.
Rather than whacking the thermostat up again – especially to heat up the odd room – a cheaper and efficient option is at hand.
No need to turn the heating up
Increasing the temperature for the whole house by turning the heating up could be akin to cracking a nut with a sledgehammer if you just need to ward off some spring frost from a smaller room or two.
If a spring frost strikes so causing a few chillier earlier mornings, less costly heating targeted to the area – or areas – the home needs it is the answer.
Background heating is an ideal way to provide some warmth to keep frosty temperatures at bay, and benefits from being usually cheaper to run than your central heating turned to a higher temperature.
Electric tube heaters are an ideal solution to providing suitable background heating in a variety of spaces. They offer twin benefits of being both extremely compact and cheap to run, and are designed especially to ward off frost and condensation; this makes them very effective in heating various spaces including greenhouses and even larger rooms in the home.
The tubular heater
As their name suggests, tubular heaters are cylindrical in shape and are available in a variety of sizes ranging from one to six feet, and power outputs starting at 60W through to 360W at prices starting under £20.00.
The smaller output models can be run for less than half a penny an hour to provide steady and cheap background heat, and won’t take up much room so they’re ideal for small spaces such as box rooms or even larger cupboards.
They’re available in versions that can be plugged into a power socket or wired directly into the mains, and are supplied with brackets to secure them properly. A linking kit can be specified if more than one heater is to be used in a location.
To make the most of a tubular heater’s ability to provide inexpensive background heat various accessories can be chosen:
Timers – digital plug in timers can be programmed up to seven days ahead to switch the heater on and off as required so as to maximise heat provisions and minimise running costs.
Thermostats – to provide temperature control for the tubular heater; especially useful to set it to come on when frost conditions occur.
RCD safety adaptor – designed to cut the power supply to appliances at times of hazard. These are ideal where possible damp conditions or water could threaten.
Guards – to prevent direct contact with the tube itself which could be required in environments where young children or certain pets are likely to be present.
There’s a multitude of environments where tubular heaters can help keep spring frosts at bay, such as greenhouses, kennels, certain cupboards, conservatories, large or very small rooms, garden sheds, outbuildings and much more.