Radiator heating is a perfect option for pre-existing homes, as the radiators are mounted to the wall and fed by pipes laid either in the floor or roof space.
Radiator heating uses the same principles of floor heating with the heated water circulated through wall mounted radiators that are installed in individual rooms. Each radiator can be individually or thermostatically controlled. This allows room temperatures to be changed to suit individual needs to provide the ultimate comfort. Living areas can be kept at a higher temperature than the bedrooms, and unused rooms can be run at a lower temperature or turned off entirely.
Radiators are available in steel panel, tubular steel and old world cast iron, in many different heights and widths. After a heat load is done on each individual room, radiator sizes are selected to suit the needs of each room. The type and size or the radiator determines the amount of heat output. This takes into consideration furniture placement, windows and window treatments.
There is minimal air movement with this system, so it is the ideal form of heating for asthmatics and allergy sufferers. It is silent, reliable and healthy. Your whole home is a constant temperature and can be controlled by a central thermostat and programmed to come on and off at the temperature you want. This allows you to have your heating coming on before you wake and before you come home. What a luxury to wake to a warm home and return on a cold night to a cosy house.
With the introduction of high efficiency boilers and heat pumps, running costs have been greatly reduced. As with under floor heating one of the benefits of choosing a hydronic radiator system is that you are not locked into one fuel source. Fuel source to heat the water for the radiators can be solar, gas (natural or LPG), wood or heat pump.
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