Steam Radiator Heaters
Steam radiators work by boiling water to create steam. That steam then travels up a set of pipes into the radiator, which in turn, heats up the room via radiation and convection. As the steam travels through the unit, it slowly cools down and turns into condensation. This condensation then goes through the unit, ending it’s travels back in the boiler, where it is ultimately turned back into steam.
This is the old-fashioned radiator heating method. It would be unlikely for you to find this type of system in newly built homes. However, this type of radiator heater is still in use around the world today, but it is no longer the preferred method of warming up your home.
Types of Steam Radiators
• Cast-Iron free standing systems:
The oldest version of a radiator heater, the cast-iron system is very efficient at heating up the room. However, it also takes up the most amount of room, and takes the longest to heat up. Despite these two obvious downsides, the way it’s designed allows the cast-iron system to also hold that heat for the longest period of time.
• Baseboard Steam Systems
Not to be confused with your typical electric baseboard heaters, this type of steam radiator works on the same premise of steam rising and condensation falling, however, they take up very little room in your home. You can run them along the baseboards of your home in a very discreet manner.
• Ceramic Systems
This is the newest version of a steam radiator. Unlike its predecessors, it’s not hot when you touch it and it’s more efficient at supplying sustainable heat. If you were going to choose a steam radiator to heat your home, this would be the one you should look for.
Benefits of Radiator Heaters
There are many benefits to having a radiator heater. It must be noted, however, that you can also find many of these same benefits in other types of heaters.
1. They Are Safe:
First and foremost, the main benefit is the level of safety offered to the end user. Many portable radiator heaters come equipped with a tilt sensor, which cuts the power if a radiator heater is unbalanced or knocked on its side. The heaters also retain heat well, which makes them ideal for extended use.
2. Less Maintenance:
Radiator heaters also require much less maintenance than many of their competitors do. They do not contain any fuels that need replacing, and ventilation (or lack thereof) does not compromise warmth.
For the most part, radiator heaters are extremely reliable. If you installed a cast-iron radiator in your home today, it’s likely that it will last for years and years – and in some situations, maybe even decades.
Flat Panel Electric Heaters
Make any room warm and comfortable with Convection Flat Panel Space Heaters. This space heater makes use of the convection technology to heat up a room. This wall mounted heater features a stylish ultra slim design and it will not ruin your wall’s beauty. It has a quiet operation, which makes it ideal for bedrooms. Made from fiber cement board, this heater is long lasting. The white finish of the heater blends well with any decor. It can heat up to 120 square feet.
• Non-flammable and non-combustible
• Asbestos free and contains no harmful chemicals or metals
• SABS and International Safety Standards approved
• Uses efficient convection technology
• Ultra slim and compact design for out-of way wall mounting
• Safer for children and pets due to no exposed elements, gas or moving parts
• Silent operation
• Can be painted to match any room color
• Quick and easy to install
The main reason people opt for this solution is the saving on energy bills and a more even distribution of the heat around the house, the heat being perfectly irradiated in every room.
From an energy saving point of view, all sources of available energy can be used to heat the water in the underfloor pipes, from solar to thermal and gas and, unlike the traditional heating systems of wall-mounted radiators, underfloor heating only needs a water temperature of 30 degrees to bring the heating in the house at 19 degrees, compared to the traditional heating systems, where the boiler must reach a temperature of 60 or 70 degrees to heat the house via wall-mounted radiators, with an obvious saving in energy consumption.
On the other hand, underfloor heating systems require more time to heat the entire house and that also depends on the material used to clad floors and on the presence of carpets that obstruct the perfect radiation of heat.
Energy saving with underfloor heating systems
When looking at energy saving, the different resistivity of various floor coverings must also be taken into consideration, this value progressively increase passing from cement, to ceramic, parquet, carpet floors and linoleum, therefore increasing energy consumption and associated costs.
In the case of parquet floors, it must be remembered that wood is a natural material that, over time, can be affected by heat and dampness if not perfectly installed.
From the point of view of quality of the heating, the temperature in the house is more uniform, dust and pollen does not move from room to room easily, the floor dries more quickly even in winter, which means being able to walk bare foot or to comfortably allow children to play on the floor without feeling the cold.
It is very important to give a lot of thought to the materials used for floor coverings, as certain types of materials used when installing a floor, can release toxic emissions once they are heated.