Radiator Types

Tuesday, 26 September 2017  |  Admin

Radiator Types

Different types of radiator 

The most important function of your home is warmth. Radiators are a simple way of heating up your home. However they can also be very decorative as well as being functional with a wider variety than you may think. In order to find the most effective type for each room in your home it helps to know the different types of radiator. 

What is an electric radiator? 

There are a couple of different types of electric radiator. Some will plug into sockets using a conventional plug while others can be hardwired into the system. The main variations are storage units, radiant units or in some cases a combination of the two. 

A storage unit contains heat retaining materials- these units then retain the heat at night before distributing the heat around the home during the day. These tend to be the floor mounted models that traditionally were very bulky but in recent times slimline models have proven to be easier to transport and install. 

Radiant units contain some kind of water or liquid. Unlike storage units these do not actually store heat and therefore tend to cool a lot quicker once they are switched off. These units will also often have temperature controls that can adjust according to the temperature of the room. 

In recent times some units have been designed that can provide both stored heat and radiant heat, allowing for a balance between the two types of system. 

What is a standard radiator? 

A standard radiator tends to be a single panel convector unit. This consists of an integrated top grille and side panels. A good example of this type of design are the Stelrad Compact K1 radiators- a big benefit of this brand is that they have been designed so that they stay tightly fitted after the unit has been stored, transported and installed. 

What is a column radiator? 

Column radiators are often a good design choice if space is more limited as they take up less space than a horizontally positioned unit. They are also better suited to homes with high ceilings. There is also the added benefit of outstanding heating performance. 

What is a designer radiator? 

We generally associate radiators with a practical function. It is easy to forget that there are a range of designs available that can fit different interior design choices.  

For example some people may be put off getting newer and more energy efficient radiators because they do not match the older Victorian cast iron style that suits the look of older houses. However it is perfectly possible to find designs that can fit this more vintage style while at the same time giving you the most up to date technology that allows for maximum energy efficiency. 

It should be noted that a designer unit does not necessarily need to be expensive. There are various slim line units that have been created in order to conserve space and to blend in with the interior design of your home. 

What is a low surface temperature (LST) radiator? 

With a lot of radiators the surface becomes hot after they have warmed up. A lot of the time this is the idea- as the unit warms up this then spreads out throughout the room and keeps the room warm. 

However one potential danger is if you have very young children or elderly people staying with you (or if you work in a care home). In the case of younger children they may put their hands on the radiator and hurt themselves when it gets hot. 

Some older people may not be as sensitive to heat and therefore may put their hands on a hot surface and take some time to realise that they have burned themselves. While you may make every effort to supervise them as much as possible it is not always possible to watch everyone all the time. 

This is where you should strongly consider installing LST radiators. The emitter built into the LST system is designed to keep the surface around 43 degrees Centigrade (with standard and other types this is around 70 degrees Centigrade) 

Jaga Heating Produce the Jaga Guardian LST, Jaga Tempo LST and Jaga Cocoon Lst Radiators which are sold at www.TradeLST.co.uk

What is a plinth heater? 

The word plinth refers to a raised pedestal. In this context a plinth heater is something that is designed to fit into various raised areas of a bedroom or kitchen. For example you can install the unit into certain types of furniture, display units or false walls. 

These are ideal if you want something installed into your kitchen or bedroom that keeps everything warm while at the same time only takes up a relatively small amount of space. 

What is a towel heater? 

The bathroom is another area where space is limited and you may not necessarily want a full sized radiator unit. Therefore a heated towel rack or towel heater is a better option as it can heat the room while at the same time not taking up too much space (another option is to have heated mirrors for a similar space saving heat option). 

There are also dual fuel options so that you can warm towels during the summer without having to switch on the whole heating system, saving money on heating bills in the process. 

Choosing the right radiator 

The right radiator for your home will depend on various factors. You need to have something that is large enough or has enough capacity to provide the heating requirement for the room. Equally there are also options available in terms of finding units have the right style that is appropriate for how you wish to decorate each individual room. 

Whatever style of radiator you get it is vital to ensure that is correctly fitted by a registered professional. Aside from making sure that they are safe to use this will also help to keep the unit working as efficiently as possible.