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If you’re looking for a way to heat a single room or small area, radiators could be an excellent choice to consider. No longer are radiators bulky and awkward looking, as many modern designs are both contemporary and attractive. Best of all, radiators can be one of the most cost-effective heating methods to both install and maintain.

How do Radiators Work?

When used to heat buildings, radiators act as heat exchangers, transferring energy from the unit itself to the area surrounding it. This energy could be produced by a number of means including steam, electricity or oil. As air circulates throughout the room, it rises and expands. This causes more cool air to flow in from ground level, where it is then warmed and pushed out as well. This results in a continuously-circulating flow of warm air even though there is no exhaust fan pushing it outward. Generally speaking, bigger radiators are capable of heating a larger area than small radiators are.

Different Types of Radiators

Radiators can be made from a variety of materials such as aluminium, stainless steel, ceramic and cast iron. They normally consist of multi-coiled units which sit very close to a wall. They can also be smaller ones that are attached to a baseboard or flat-paneled models that are attached to the flat surface of a wall. Some more contemporary designs consist of a row of metal tubes that allow air to flow from the top of them. Radiators can be unfinished chrome or stainless steel or they could be painted white or another neutral colour to help them blend in with the décor of a room. Some are actually intended to warm small items such as towels rather than being used as a heat source.

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Advantages of Radiators

There are actually quite a few advantages to using radiators for heating a home or business. Since they are designed for small spaces, they can be more cost-effective to install in a garage, workshop, or small flat. Radiators have a long life expectancy and require very little maintenance in order to operate efficiently. Some models are also portable, so they can be moved around as needed. They are normally more efficient than forced air furnaces, which could save homeowners a great deal of money on their energy bills. Cast iron radiators can be an excellent choice for restoring historical buildings since they help them maintain an air of authenticity.

Considerations

Some radiators can be dangerous to use around pets and children. This is because they are very hot to the touch and could cause burns if people or animals come in contact with them. Some radiators also take up a great deal of space, which could make it difficult to arrange furniture in a room. Not all radiators provide even amounts of heat inside a room, so there may be hot and cool spots in an area where this equipment is used. Cast iron radiators are often difficult to get parts for, so they are often challenging to repair as a result.

Radiator Costs

The size and type of radiator being installed is the biggest factor in determining the cost. Most radiator costs can also vary based upon the volume of work a contractor performs. Contractors who install a large amount of radiators can sometimes receive a volume discount when ordering equipment, and this savings could be passed on to consumers. Other things that influence the cost are local building codes, safety requirements and the location and condition of any existing wiring. Having many units installed can be expensive; however, some plumbing companies will offer a volume discount to those who do.

Your radiator questions answered

What are the benefits of radiators for heating?

Radiators are incredibly beneficial for heating, as they warm an area without dry, forced air. They are available in different styles, including the standing sort or the lower, baseboard radiators. Typically, they are more cost efficient, and can deliver heat without increasing the humidity in a room.

Where can radiators be installed?

Radiators can be installed in virtually any room that requires additional heating, from the bathroom to the den to the bedrooms in a home. Radiators are often used in commercial and industrial spaces as well.

Do I need to have a boiler installed to use radiator heating?

Yes. Radiators heat the rooms in which they are placed by using the heated water from the boiler. In theory you could run a radiator off of a traditional electric water heater, but it would likely double or triple heating costs.

Are there electric radiators available for purchase?

Yes. There are electric wall and baseboard radiators available. These can be a good alternative if you like style of heat that the radiator provides, but do not have a boiler system installed in your home.

Are radiators still popular in houses?

Yes, they are still commonly used in houses, particularly those that have had a room added on. They may also be used in basements or attics that have been converted into living space.

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