Night storage heater compared to other forms of heating

Night storage heaters not only have disadvantages. At least in some areas, they also have advantages over other forms of heating. A detailed comparison between night storage heaters and other forms of heating can therefore be found in this article.

Installation costs and acquisition costs

A single-family home in average size should make clear the differences in acquisition costs and installation costs.

  • Oil heating: around 18,000 EUR
  • Gas fired heating between 16,000 and 20,000 EUR
  • Pellet boiler, log boiler, woodchip heating also between 15,000 and 20,000 EUR

The installation costs are already included in these prices.

With the night storage heating one must distinguish between single ovens and a central solid storage.

Single ovens are relatively expensive, they cost around 1,000 EUR per piece.

Central solid storage facilities are slightly cheaper - a block storage with a capacity of 10 kW is available for about 4,000 - 6,000 EUR. In addition, however, there are the costs for the radiators and the installation of the central heating system as with the other forms of heating also. Overall, so you can expect similar costs, as with oil and gas heating also.

Comparison with infrared full heating

Infrared heating costs the average single-family house up to an average of between 5,000 and 8,000 euros, depending on the number of heating elements required.


Unlike many conventional heaters, night storage heaters are virtually maintenance free.

Oil and gas heating costs maintenance costs of 150 - 300 EUR per year, depending on the maintenance contract and the maintenance costs. Pellet and woodchip heaters are also in this area, but here, in addition, a different amount for the supply of pellets and wood chips and the simultaneous disposal of ash must also be included here.

Comparison with infrared full heating

With the infrared full heating also no maintenance costs are incurred.


Oil and gas heaters cause high CO2 emissions. In addition, there are pollutants in high amounts, especially sulfur dioxide (the cause of acid rain). In condensing technology plants, emissions are somewhat lower but still present. However, heating with fossil fuels can be regarded as extremely unecological and also as unsustainable.

Biomass heaters (pellets, wood chips, logs, wood gasifiers) have the best overall environmental performance. Wood as a fuel is carbon neutral, the production and processing of wood does not require much energy and no use of toxic substances or landscape-altering and environmentally hazardous installations such as derricks.

Heating with electricity - and this applies to both infrared heating and night storage heating - is ecological as well as power generation. Electricity is basically "clean" energy, but this only applies to power generation to a limited extent, especially in the winter months. Even solar power and electricity from wind turbines is not as ecological as you might think.

use costs

The most favorable are biomass heaters, followed by gas condensing heaters. Oil heaters are priced - depending on the technology used - in the midfield. Although infrared heaters require much less energy than gas heaters, they are considerably more expensive due to the high electricity price. The most expensive - because of the low efficiency - the night storage heaters.

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