The design of radiators is focused on releasing heat and this is done through radiation and convection.
Radiators with fins at the back of the radiator panel 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.
Of course, 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.
There are a number of styles to satisfy every home. They are all modified from the original steel panel radiator.
Steel panel convectors
The UK’s most popular radiator design can be fitted both domestically and commercially. Top grills are a possible extra. The last few years has seen a slow shift towards the European compact radiator, which has the grills already 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 there’s a top grill and end panels in place, giving it an aesthetically pleasing look.
Rolled top radiator
As the compact radiator has grown in popularity, the rolled top has lost a big proportion of its market share. It’s energy efficient, but 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 means the towel can be dried without stopping the heat flow in the room.
Tubular towel rails
Just used for towel drying. This can handle a number of towels, and there’s also an electric option. Some manufacturers offer a number of styles and colour choices.
Flat fronted radiators
This type of radiator is smooth, with grills and end panels. While it’s used mostly in commercial areas, designers and architects do choose it for cosmetic reasons.
Low surface temperature radiators
These are NHS designed to ensure safe hot water and surface temperature. The radiator can’t exceed 43°C and is the standard design in healthcare buildings. They are also proving popular domestically, especially in children’s bedrooms and nursery’s.