Despite the gas crisis, consumers should not switch to electric fan heaters in winter – despite the high gas prices, it is by no means financially worthwhile, warn consumer advocates, the Federal Network Agency and the energy industry.
"You don't save money with fan heaters, on the contrary, you drive up the electricity bill," said Ramona Pop, chairwoman of the Federal Association of Consumer Centers, to the editorial network Germany.
Power grids are not designed for this
"In addition, there is a risk that the power distribution grids will be overloaded if massive fan heaters are turned on," Pop continued to warn. The Association of Energy Companies and the Federal Network Agency share this concern. Instead, the latter advises keeping the temperature in the rooms a little lower and thus saving gas.
"Electronic heating devices such as fan heaters, radiators and convectors are not made to replace a heater and should therefore only be used with caution," said a spokeswoman for the Federal Association of Energy and Water Industries (BDEW) to the newspapers of the Funke media group.
Significantly more fan heaters sold
Nevertheless, significantly more fan heaters than usual were sold in the first half of the year: around 600,000 devices, 35 percent more than in the same period last year, reported the market research company GfK in the "Tagesspiegel".