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The Rise of Zombie Heating

Zombie heating

It might be a shock to some, but there’s a zombie apocalypse underway, and with Zombie Awareness Month taking place in May, Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation is helping to keep the nation safe.

We aren’t, in actual fact, under attack. However, the Zombie analogy is often used for outdated and underperforming products, often twenty years or older, that refuse to die. Something that’s extremely prevalent when it comes to old gas fires and electric storage heaters.

As with many household appliances, a modern gas fire is not the same appliance as those sold thirty years ago. The gas-guzzling decorative fires sold in the 1980s may not have been efficient but they were built to last. It is estimated that there could be more than four million zombie fires currently in UK homes.

However, homeowners who stick with their old fire simply because it is still working are missing out on a number of performance features, enhanced control, greater safety and of course, lower running costs through improved efficiency – all of which come as standard with the latest Valor gas fires. For example, a Valor Homeflame full depth gas fire with 85% efficiency could mean an annual saving of more than £150 – and a potential payback period of fewer than four years.

It’s the same story for electric storage heaters. Dimplex believes that there are currently around five million storage heaters in use in the UK that are, on average, more than twenty years old. By simply switching to newer, more efficient Dimplex Quantum high heat retention off-peak technology, which can offer an average energy saving of 22%, then the total energy savings across the UK would be enough to take two power stations off-line!

So if you are one of the millions of homeowners in the UK still using a zombie product then visit or our Dimplex Quantum pages and invest in a future-proof appliance that will not only be safer, but will save you money in the long run.