Radiators are the most common way to spread heat around our homes and are a crucial part of the central heating system. They are supplied with hot water from the boiler and can be fitted with individual thermostats to help keep each room at just the right temperature. Two of the main types of radiator are single and double convector panel but what are the differences? And how do you choose where to locate a radiator if you want to add or move one?
Single or double panel?
Radiators are made from panels, the long metal wall also known as a tank. This is where water is stored and where heat is emitted. They come most often in single or double formats with one or two of these panels. A double panel convector radiator can have the same overall height and length as a single panel one but will put out twice as much heat.
The convector fins – those little zig zag things behind a single panel or between a double panel radiator help to emit more heat and therefore increase the output of both single and double panel radiators. Double panel radiators are the best for larger rooms but for smaller rooms or ones with limited space, single panel radiators can be ideal. So, both have their benefits for different rooms around the house.
Where to place the radiator
In many homes, there will already be radiators in place but in new build properties or ones undergoing a major renovation, there might be the opportunity to move the radiator. Or you may want to add radiators to a room where there is none or where more heat is required.
Typically, radiators are installed either under a window or on an exterior wall. The understanding of heat means these are often the best locations for the sources of heat. The cold air entering from the window helps distribute the rising heat from the radiator round the room, for an even circulation.
However, the advance of double glazing means that there are now more options with regards to where the radiators are located in a room. For some people, radiators can be a focal point, chosen for their style as well as practicality and taking the place of a fire. For others, they want to be as hidden as possible, discreetly placed so that you don’t always even see them.
Getting the perfect radiators
DHS are a Bristol heating expert who can help you choose the right radiators and survey your room to see where they would best be located to heat the space. If you need new radiators or want to upgrade the ones you have, contact us today and we can arrange a visit.
Call DHS today on 0117 924 7200, email us, or request a call back.