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Radiators – an indispensable attribute of any premises. For many years, the majority of our fellow citizens content with conventional cast-iron heating devices. On the market today radiators are a lot of models produced from different materials. Our article will help you not to get lost in this diversity and to choose a radiator that is suitable for you.
Cast iron radiators have their advantages: they are durable, resistant to corrosion; steadfastly carry high pollution of water, which is typical of many homes with central heating; have a low cost.
The disadvantages are a large enough mass, which complicates the delivery and installation; a high thermal inertia; inconvenience care in the operation (removal of dust); low aesthetic characteristics.
Currently, you can buy cast iron radiators with a different pattern on the surface, which is executed by artistic casting. Ornament significantly increases the attractiveness of cast iron radiators, making them very elegant and stylish.
Gradually manufacturers began actively to fill a vacant niche in the market of heating devices – were aluminum, steel, and bimetal radiators.
More information about aluminum and bimetal radiators can be found in section “Radiators”.
Steel radiators are most widely in heating of country houses. The advantages of these radiators are: low thermal inertia and good heat dissipation.
Steel radiators have the following drawbacks: the instability of hydraulic shock and high pressure, susceptibility to corrosion.
Many manufacturers pay great attention to this particular variety of radiators. So you can easily pick up the radiator required height, width or depth. To increase resistance to aggressive media can be purchased plated radiators.
There panel, sectional and tubular radiators species.
- Panel radiator consisting of two plates connected by welding, which have vertical channels for the coolant.
- Sectional radiators are composed of separate sections. Sealing sections are located between and a connection by means of nipples.
- Tubular radiators – two collectors, between which a small diameter steel pipe.
- It is on steel radiators turned their attention to designers seeking to improve their esthetics, do not just heating element, but also decorate the room, organically fit in various interiors of apartments or townhouses.
Steel Designer Radiators
Steel designer radiators have many design solutions and colors. Most often they are made of a pipe having a circular or rectangular cross section. There are models of wall, floor and installed in a partition. Some designer radiators from manufacturers look so elegant that resemble the unusual sculptures. They can be rightly become a decoration of any room.
Stone Designer Radiators
Designer radiators made of natural stone – one of the newest and very interesting incarnations designer fantasies and technical developments manufacturers. Such radiators can be used in the heating system or be in electrical performance. The heat exchanger in the stone and designer radiators made of copper pipes.
Radiators made of natural stone have a high heat transfer and are durable. These radiators – “highlight” of any stylish interior, they will be able to meet the needs of the most demanding customer. Performed stone designer radiators in various colors and can have multiple versions of images (such as Egyptian or African motifs, etc.). The only obstacle for the installation of radiators in the room can be their big weight (about 100 kg) and the high price.
Glass Designer Radiators
Glass designer radiators are now represented only by electric models. They are performed in the vertical or horizontal, can be made in various colors.
These radiators do not dry the air, have high heat radiated heat is evenly distributed them throughout the room. Glass designer radiators made of special tempered glass, which during operation is heated to a certain temperature, which excludes the possibility of burns.
Wooden designer radiators (convectors) reliable in operation, they can be installed in rooms with central heating, the operating pressure is 16 bar. The housing of the heat sink is made of natural wood of different species: oak, walnut, beech, Wenge, zebrawood, and others. Top tree covered with polyurethane varnish to protect from UV rays and scratches. The heat exchanger is a copper tube with aluminum fins, manifolds are made of brass. There are options for wall and floor wooden radiators (convectors).
Designer Radiators as Furniture
Steel tubular designer radiators can be installed in place of screens, partitions, and even stair railings.
There are interesting and elegant models of radiators mirrors. In such designs, the mirror is framed with steel tubes of circular or rectangular cross-section. Sometimes the mirror bears additional functional load, as the door, behind which are located valves. In addition, these radiators can be fitted with optional accessories: shelves, hooks, etc.
Easy to use and very attractive radiators-benches. These models are usually made of steel, have a seat on top of wood or other material can sometimes be supplemented by interesting decorative elements (such as glass screens).
Despite the existing diversity of radiators can be no doubt that in the near future designers will be pleased with us what some new and interesting discoveries to make our home even more comfortable, cozy and very stylish.