Types of Home Radiators

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Types of Home Radiators
Modern radiators feature eye-catching designs. (steel radiator image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from Fotolia.com)

In Europe and northern parts of the United States, radiators commonly provide heat during the cold winter months. This type of heating device uses radiation and convection to warm up rooms. Whatever your budget, square footage or design style, there's bound to be a radiator available to suit your needs. Designed with a homeowner's practical and aesthetic needs in mind, radiators can be found in various shapes, materials and sizes for virtually every situation.

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Traditional Radiators

In recent years, the traditional home radiator design has fallen in popularity. Considered bulky, one benefit of this style of radiator is its ability to heat without creating the "hot" and "cold" spots associated with air-driven systems. This type of radiator is associated with older homes. While it can be painted to suit any decor, paint serves to control the amount of heat it releases. Special paint with heat resistant properties is available. Cast iron radiators can be driven by steam or hot water. While electric versions are available, these aren't the most effective at heating a large space.

Types of Home Radiators
Painting radiators can reduce heat output. (white radiator image by Ekaterina Sidorenko from Fotolia.com)

Steel Panel Convector Heaters

Modern homeowners often choose steel pan convector heaters. While not as effective as traditional radiators, this type of heating system creates benefits from lower running, maintenance and installation costs. Designed to be compact, sizes start as small as 11 square inches. This type of radiator can be supplied with or without a top grill and can feature an integral towel rail. Electro zinc plating and powder coating ensures this type of radiator will resist wet conditions.

Types of Home Radiators
Designed to be compact, steel pan convector heaters start as small as 11 square inches. (ruler image by Oleg Kapustin from Fotolia.com)

Towel Radiators

Towel radiators bring the luxury of warmed towels into your bathroom. Towel radiators are electrically heated and can be installed independent of your home's central heating system. Heated towel racks can double as the room's primary heater, making them cost-effective heating option. With their modern designs, tubular towel racks often become a focal point of a bathroom.

Types of Home Radiators
Towel radiators can double as a bathroom heater. (towel texture 2 image by chrisharvey from Fotolia.com)

Low Surface Temperature Radiators

Designed to prevent burns, low surface temperature (LST) radiators were first introduced to comply with advice from the United Kingdom's National Health Service (NHS). Initially, this type of heater was used in commercial applications, such as hospitals, day care centres or care homes. In recent years it has become a popular domestic heating choice for bedrooms of young children or disabled occupants.

Types of Home Radiators
The surface temperature on LST radiators does not exceed 42.8 degrees Celsius.. (thermometer image by Antonio Oquias from Fotolia.com)

Tubular Radiators

Designers have produced sleek, modern tubular radiators for the rest of the house. Created to catch the eye, this radiator style carries the highest price tag. Buyers may choose from a wide range of shapes, including three-dimensional spirals, columns and cubes. Once you've chosen your shape, you can choose from finishes including chrome, brushed metal or colours to suit your decor, such as a vibrant red.

Types of Home Radiators
Designer heaters are available in colours to match your home. (palette image by araraadt from Fotolia.com)

Storage Radiators

Sometimes called night storage heaters, this type of radiator is powered by electricity. Designed to be cost-effective, it stores heat overnight while electricity demand is lower. It then discharges its heat throughout the following day.

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