Panel radiators are used to regulate heat in an enclosed environment. The radiators will release heat to the surrounding through convention and radiation. The radiator fins direct heat away from the radiator to the surrounding. A little heat will also be circulated through radiation. Better technology has made the radiators more effective and energy efficient. The radiators have become much smaller yet providing sufficient heating. More heat requires a larger radiator and also more power consumption. Smaller radiators are suitable for use in small rooms, while larger radiators are suited in central heating systems. Radiators will generally fall under the following classifications:
Steel Panel Radiator
This is the most common and also among the cheapest. This is attributed to its basic design which does not include fins. Lack of fins tend to distribute heat unevenly, hence not reliable in large rooms. This is the main reason people are shifting from this radiator to other types.
Flat Panel Design
Flat panel design comes with pre-fitted end panels as well as integrated fins or grills. This makes the radiator more efficient than the standard steel radiator. It is commonly used for commercial application due to its efficiency. There are various types of this radiator with each suited for different applications.
The compact design is among the most preferred panel radiators. This type of radiator is seen as a combination of the steel type and flat panel design. The radiator is more compact hence smaller in size. The device will also offer reliable services due to its top grill and end panels.
The towel style radiator is becoming quite popular in both commercial as well as residential use. The radiator is regarded as a multipurpose device since it can heat a room and also heat the surrounding. It is very economical and efficient, thus will mostly be seen in central heating systems.
Tubular Panel Radiator
Tubular radiators look and work in a similar manner to towel radiators. However, the tubular design is more advanced and comes with additional features such as an electric element which is optional. This makes the tubular design among the most expensive. The radiator also comes in a broad selection of colors and designs.
Low Surface Temperature Radiator
Low surface temperature radiator is very precise and highly efficient. It is usually used in areas that require precise heating requirement without any fluctuations. The radiators conform to the “NHS” requirement which requires the surface temperature not to exceed 43 degrees Celsius. Their safe nature makes the radiators ideal for the healthcare sector such as hospitals and children nurseries.
Although more heat is always desirable, it is important to note that this will also cost more. Larger radiators are not only expensive to purchase, but will also increase the power bills. It is therefore necessary to get the right size to match the requirements at hand. It is also beneficial to go for ‘Energy Star Rated’ devices. These panel radiators are certified to be more energy efficient hence using minimal power while providing sufficient heat.