Major Changes for Electric Heating
From 1st January 2018, all local space heaters manufactured for sale in the EU which use electricity, gas or liquid fuels must comply with a minimum efficiency standard. The aim of this legislation is to remove inefficient technologies and reduce the energy used by the products that heat our homes, helping to achieve our overall carbon reduction targets.
Lot 20 will affect:
- Storage heaters
- Direct acting heaters
- Portable heaters
- Radiant heaters
- Electric fires
- Underfloor heating
- Infra-red heaters
Lot 20 will not affect:
- Local space heaters using a vapour compression cycle (heat pumps)
- Local space heaters that are specified for outdoor use only
- Sauna stoves
- Slave heaters
- Tubular heaters
- Towel rails
- Frost protection heaters
What is covered?
Lot 20 states that all local space heaters manufactured for sale in the EU after 1st January 2018 which use electricity, gaseous or liquid fuels, must comply with a minimum efficiency standard.
This includes electric radiators, electric underfloor heating and electric and gas fires. A second regulation (2015/1185) sets out the same requirement for space heaters which use solid fuels, such as stoves and fireplaces, from 1st January 2022.
How do you define a space heater?
Local room (or space) heating products are defined as appliances that provide heat to indoor spaces by generating heat in the location within which they are situated.
Like other product categories, the aim is to rule out inefficient technologies and reduce the energy used in our homes, helping to achieve our overall carbon reduction targets.
How exactly do timers and controls help efficiency?
With the recent advancements in the Internet of Things and smart technologies, there is a real opportunity for electric space heaters, in particular, to drive efficiency through intelligent, adaptive controls.
The latest products can include temperature control with presence detection or open window detection, distance control via an app, and even adaptive start control to suit the requirements of the user.
Dimplex’s Q-Rad electric radiator, for example, a heater which is already Lot 20 compliant includes ‘Eco-Start’, a delayed-start anticipatory control – the heater, rather than the user, decides when to turn on to ensure target temperature is achieved at exactly the right user-selected time.
How can I find out more?
If you are looking for more information on Lot 20 and how this affects you, please contact your chosen manufacturer or follow this link to the Lot 20 website.