What is an aluminium radiator?
Most traditional household radiators are made of steel. Recently there has been an increase in the number of homes installing aluminium radiators because of their energy savings. Aluminium radiators are viewed as the eco-friendly radiator option, providing rapid heat when needed, and a welcome reduction in heating bills.
If I am using underfloor heating downstairs, can I use radiators upstairs?
Yes. Using aluminium radiators work really well with underfloor heating due to their low water content. Many people actually prefer to have radiators in bedroom areas to enable varying temperatures set to the preference of each room user by a thermostatic radiator valve.
Why can I save money by using aluminium radiators?
Aluminium radiators allow home owners to save vast amounts on their energy bills. Energy saving comes as a result of the aluminium material’s ability to conduct heat. Aluminium conducts up to 5 times that of steel by circulating heat from water around the room much faster. Therefore, aluminium radiators require less water heated from the heating system which allows faster response time to changes in room temperature.
Can aluminium radiators be retrofitted into my existing home?
Yes, the installation process is easy. The radiators can be installed in new builds or alternatively, connected to traditional heating systems through the side connection and the lower connections.
Do the smaller dimension of aluminium radiators mean lower output?
No, aluminium radiators are designed dimensionally smaller than traditional radiators for functionality and appearance reasons. The output is higher because of the material and regardless of size.
Are aluminium radiators environmentally friendly?
Aluminium radiators are also environmentally friendly. Firstly, they are made of recycled materials such as drink cans, and they also have a low water content which means that they can produce the same heat efficiency even with smaller dimensions. This benefit works well when used with an air to water heat pump as a large radiator is not required to compensate for low water temperatures.
Does that mean that they also cool down quickly?
Yes. In a house with conventional radiators we know that if we turn on our heat it will take up to an hour for all the radiators to heat up properly depending on the size of house and number of radiators). When we turn off our heat these radiators will stay hot for an hour or so afterwards. In contrast, when you want heat with an aluminium radiator you turn on your heating system and will have almost instant heat, and when you don’t want heat you turn off your heating system. With aluminium radiators you are in more direct control of the timing of your central heating system.