Radiators & Heaters

Radiators & Heaters

Radiators & Heaters

Although invented in the mid-19th Century, radiators are a necessity in 21st Century modern life, and Howarth Timber & Building Supplies want to help you spread the warmth.

How do Radiators work?
In the UK, hot water is the most common form of heating for homes, and a hot water radiator is essentially a metal structure that is made up of hollow areas that fill up with hot water. This is turn heats up the metal which warms up the room that contains the radiator.

The hot water is fed to the radiators using one of three methods:

Pressure Pump
Gravity
Convection

Eventually, the water cools and the cold water moves down to the bottom of the radiator, before going out via a pipe. Meanwhile the hot water stays at the top, which is why radiators are typically hotter at the top than at the bottom 

Choosing the right radiators:
Selecting the right radiators might sound like an easy thing to do, however there are a few things that you need to consider before making any decisions, for example:

The radiators need to be the right size for your rooms, so you should measure the room in Length, Width and Height
Whether your house is sheltered, or exposed will have a big impact on which radiator type will suit your home best
The type of windows you have (either single or double glazed) should also play a key role in the decision making

Materials:
Steel is the most popular material used for radiators, as it is fairly cheap, however there are many more options, including aluminium and cast iron.

Panel Radiators
Single Panel Radiators are one of the original forms of radiator, because they are flat, however despite that they are renowned for taking up a lot of space especially against the wall which many people would prefer to save.

However, they have been usurped by Double Panel Radiators which offer more heat. 

Compact Radiators
Compact Radiators are similar to Panel Radiators, expect that they have a more modern look about them. Many people prefer this type, as they lay closer to the wall, but they are more difficult to clean.

Towel Rails
Over the past few years, Towel Rails have become a very trendy part of the modern bathroom in homes, as well as in hotels. Whilst they are classed as radiators, Towel Rails are not known for giving off large amounts of heat, so whilst they are great for keeping your towels fresh and dry, they probably won’t offer any other benefits other than being nice to look at.