Feature radiators are available in many different materials, sizes and colours that can easily fit into any modern interior.
Cast Iron Radiators
Many different reproductions are now available so you do not have to worry about sourcing a cast iron radiator from a salvage yard. If you do; make sure that they have been thoroughly pressure tested, to at the very least mains water pressure (4 to 5 bar). It could be a total waste of time and money employing a plumber to install cast iron radiators that do not have some kind of guarantee against leaking.
Cast Iron Radiators take a while to heat up but they retain heat very well. You usually need to turn the heating on about one hour before you want to use the room, but you can turn them off a lot earlier.
These radiators are very heavy and are usually sent by pallet.
The Liberty (660mm high) weights 10.8kg per section.
Radiators are available in different heights, widths (sections) and depths (columns).
The valves for Cast Iron radiators are more expensive than your standard modern valves but they add that finishing touch.
Aluminium Designer Radiators
They are lightweight, easy to install, and give excellent output for their size. In addition they are quick to heat up but also quicker to cool down. Aluminium radiators are generally reasonably priced and popular in modern and period homes as the flat-fronted panels make them discreet.
As aluminium can corrode make sure that you add products like Fernox Central Heating protector.
Example of Aluminium radiator – Carat (Top) & Decoral Ten (Bottom).
Stainless Steel Feature Radiators
Generally these radiators are much more expensive than Steel or Aluminium radiators. They can be available in a polished or brushed finish and match modern interiors.
Stainless steel does not stain, corrode or rust as easily as ordinary steel (it "stains less"), but it is not stain-proof. Stainless Steel conducts heat 15% better than chrome plated mild steel. Stainless steel is 100% recyclable. In fact, an average stainless steel object is composed of about 60% recycled material, 25% originating from end-of-life products and 35% coming from manufacturing processes. There are over 150 grades of stainless steel, of which fifteen are most common.
Stainless Steel designer radiators come in many designs. Radiators shown are the Pipe (top) and the Fortuna (bottom).
Marble/Granite Designer Radiators
With conventional heaters the warm air accumulates near the ceiling and circulates downwards resulting in energy losses as well as affecting the humidity of the room.
Due to the particular molecular make up of marble the warm air is radiated directly and evenly into the surroundings. Over 75% of the heat is dissipated through the front panel and it is heat storage capabilities means saving of 50% more energy when compared to some traditional heaters.
This not only provides a low cost heating alternative but also a highly effective and environmentally friendly one. There is no air and dust circulation and the humidity remains unchanged, allowing for a healthy indoor climate.
Glass Feature Radiator
These are generally expensive (around £1000 plus) but are economical to run.
They are manufactured from sheets of laminated safety glass and can therefore withstand knocks and will never splinter.
Mild Steel Designer Radiators
These are normally the cheapest are can be powder coated or painted. Steel can rust and care must therefore be taken – Fernox or similar products should therefore be added to the central heating system. You cannot use these radiators on an open system.
Mild Steel – (Chrome Finish)
These are less efficient than standard Mild Steel radiator as the chrome plating reduces the efficiency of the radiator by about 15% to 20%.
Brass – (Chrome Finish)
Expensive towel rails are normally manufactured with brass and then coated with high quality chrome.
These towel rails can be used on your standard central heating system or open systems.
What is a BTU and how do I calculate the quantity I need for my rooms?
BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and it is used to describe the power of heating. When estimating the size of a radiator you need to decide what temperature you require your room to be. The most common ideal centigrade temperatures for specific rooms in your house are displayed in the table below as guide:
Dining Rooms 21°c
You need then to calculate the heat loss from your room. This calculation will take into account many factors i.e. the size of your windows, whether the room is North or South facing, the number of doors etc.
An easy way to do this is to first calculate the cubic feet (volume) of the room (length times width times height). Then apply the following calculations to specific rooms:
Halls/Kitchens - multiply cubic feet by 3
Bedrooms - multiply cubic feet by 4
Dining Rooms - multiply cubic feet by 5
Double Glazing - deduct 10%
French windows - add 15%
North facing room - add 20%
This will give you an approximate output of any radiator in BTUs. However to get an exact figure you may need to check with an experienced heating engineer.
If you have a large room it is better to consider two or more radiators, as this will reduce any hot/cold spots.
Hot Interiors has built up a positive reputation based on providing the best quality, service and price available on feature radiators. With a wealth of experience and being an authorised dealer for the majority of designer radiator manufacturers; we offer an unsurpassed range of contemporary designer radiators like the Aeon Abacus, Aeon Millennium, the MHS Pipe and MHS Honeycomb to name but a few.
With over 150 feature radiators on display in our showroom which is located just outside Leeds City Centre (10 minute walk from Victoria Quarter), we believe that we are the feature radiator specialist and look forward to offering you unrivalled customer service, prices that you will be pleased with and designer radiators that will transform your home.
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