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I see a flaw in your plan

So, yesterday timers were fitted to the storage heaters so I could actually start using the things.According to the operating instructions, the first thing with new heaters is that they need a commisionng period.

"Set both input and output controls to 6 (maximum) and leave the heater for 48 hours"

Rather ambiguous this, as is doesn't say whether the heater is supposed to be drawing current continously for the 48 hours (expensive !), or only during the nightly off-peak hours.

There's also the warning in bold letters on the front of the instructions:

"Due to the newness of materials the heater will produce a slight smell for the first few days of operation. ROOMS MUST BE WELL VENTILATED AND YOUNG CHILDREN, CAGED BIRDS OR PERSONS WITH RESPIRATORY COMPLAINTS MUST NOT REMAIN IN CLOSE PROXIMITY TO THE HEATER DURING THE FIRST 48 HOURS OF THE COMMISSIONING PERIOD"

OK, so I have to run the heaters for 48 hours, including the one in my small bedroom, but it's going to give out a funny smell that I shouldn't be cooped up with. Should I be sleeping in the bath, perhaps ? I did have the bedroom skylight open slightly last night but it was warm warm in there when I woke up. The heater was on and it's a lovely sunny morning that doesn't need a heater. So the sunshine over Sheffield today is my fault.

There's a faint smell of scorching about the flat today, thanks for the new heaters. Just to prolong the experience, the heater in the lving room will start its commissioning period 24 hours after the other two. The timer on that one was set by one of the electricians yesterday. I turned down his offer to do the others, as I figured I was quite capable of managing by myself. When I went to check the living room heater late last night, I discovered it wasn't on. He'd forgotten to use the 24 hour clock when programming the timer, and had set it to start taking in energy during the afternoon, at peak rates. I'm glad I spotted that one !

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