The design of a radiator is focused on releasing heat, which is achieved through radiation and convection.
Radiators with fins on the panels emit the most heat through convection. A small amount is released through the steel panel as well. This makes the radiator more energy efficient and distributes heat more evenly throughout the room.
Radiators without fins rely solely on radiant heat. This is less efficient and has the potential to create cold spots in the room.
Like double glazing, the design of radiators has changed a lot to ensure maximum efficiency. There are a number of different types of radiator to choose from, and you have to pick one that compliments the room. It’ll also need to heat sufficiently.
All the types available have been modified from the original steel panel radiator.
Steel panel convector radiators
The steel panel convector is the UK’s most popular radiator design because of its great ability to release heat. They can be fitted domestically and commercially, proving very popular with the top grill as an extra.
However, over the last few years there’s been a slow shift towards the European compact radiator. These types already have the grills in place.
The compact radiator has had a surge in popularity over the last few years. It has all the benefits of the steel panel radiator, but with a top grill and end panels already in place.
This gives it the aesthetically pleasing edge over the compact steel radiators.
Rolled top radiator
The rolled top radiator has lost its market share due to the ever-increasing popularity of the compact radiator. While it does prove a very energy efficient option, it’s simply not as aesthetically pleasing.
Integral radiator & towel rail
This product combines a radiator and towel rail and can be used in a kitchen, bathroom or utility room. This allows wet towels to be dried without compromising the heat flow in a room from normal radiators.
Tubular towel rail radiators
These are solely used for towel drying. The rails can take a number of towels and there’s also the possibility of having it electrically fitted. You’ll also be able to find a range of styles and colours from manufacturers.
Flat fronted radiators
This type of radiator is a favourite for designers and architects due to its cosmetic appeal. It’s often used commercially, with its smooth edges complete with grills and end panels.
Low surface temperature radiators
These types of radiators are NHS designed to ensure safe hot water and surface temperature. They’re designed in a way that stops the radiator heating over 43°C and are standard in healthcare buildings.
Recently there has been a rise in popularity domestically too. Their safety advantages work especially well in children’s bedrooms and nurseries.