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Heating your home: radiators

Posted On : Jul-09-2009 | seen (733) times | Article Word Count : 430 |

Radiators are actually somewhat mis-titled. The majority o the heat that comes from your radiator system is delivered via convection rather than radiating straight out into the room.
Radiators are actually somewhat mis-titled. The majority o the heat that comes from your radiator system is delivered via convection rather than radiating straight out into the room. Your radiators work by passing hot water through the system, and as any cool air circulates past the system, it is heated and distributed round your room via convection currents.

Radiators therefore need to be positioned above the ground rather than level with it, and at a small distance from the wall rather than directly onto the wall. This space around the radiator is required for air to flow around it in the most efficient manner.

1. The introduction of fins to radiators, which you will see located at the back of most radiators, means that the surface area for giving off heat is greatly increased. Some larger radiators will have fins located between their two hot water panels.

2. Deciding upon the correct radiator for your property really depends upon the temperature that you wish your radiators to be able to maintain. Think about the temperature at which you would like each of your rooms to be heated to. Usually this will be in the region of sixteen to twenty degrees C.

3.Each of your rooms will also have a certain level of heat loss. The higher the heat loss the more powerful the radiator you will need to opt for. Heat loss can be determined by the presence of windows and doors in each room, the size and insulation properties of these windows and doors, and by the general materials that have been used in the construction of your home.

4. When choosing a new radiator for a room that is without a radiator system, it is best to talk to a heating engineer who will be able to work out the heat loss for you. Alternatively you can use a heat loss calculator online to help determine this for yourself.

5. If you are simply replacing an existing radiator, then providing that this radiator was sufficient just take a note of the radiator size and details. Then when you go radiator shopping, make sure you choose a system that matches these requirements.

The design of the radiator that you chose is completely up to you, and there is a far larger selection of designs available these days. If you are buying an older model, the type often found in reclamation outlets, inspect it thoroughly as one in ten of these older radiators can have cracks that make the unsuitable for use.

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