New heating regulations: What does it mean for you?
- Helping reduce the energy used by products that heat our homes
- New, intelligent features now come as standard
- Legislation came into force in the UK on January 1st, 2018
Homeowners looking to update and replace their heating systems this spring need to be aware of the new EU EcoDesign legislation, also known as Lot 20 within the industry, which came into force on January 1st this year.
The legislation requires all electric and gas space heaters to comply with minimum efficiency standards, but what does this mean for your average homeowner?
Christian Hadley, head of product marketing, from Dimplex, explains: “As we’ve seen with light bulbs, televisions and washing machines, the government supports the requirement that all electric heaters within the EU must comply with a minimum energy efficiency standard, in order to help achieve the UK’s carbon reduction target.
“This does not mean that we all need to immediately change our electric heaters. For those of you who are planning on updating your heating system, we would recommend you take a look at the latest EcoDesign compliant heating appliances to understand what best suit your lifestyle.
“The advantage of EcoDesign compliant heaters is that they will include energy efficient controls to minimise the use of energy wastage in your home. These additional features mean the products might cost a little more than non-compliant products – which will still be on the shelves until the stock levels run out – however, you will save more money in the long term with reduced energy bills.
“At Dimplex, we put innovation in the heart of everything we do and many of our products are already EcoDesign compliant. We are dedicating ourselves to bringing new compliant devices to market so homeowners can be confident that when buying from us, they are installing the latest technology and energy efficient products into their homes.”
To check if a heater is EcoDesign compliant, use the free Efficiency Calculator at www.lot20.co.uk/efficiency-calculator.