Radiators and low temperature systems

Radiators and low temperature systems

Stelrad is seeing its radiators being specified more and more for renewable heating systems as the popularity of heat pumps rises in the UK and Ireland. Radiators are still a popular choice as homeowners are familiar with how they heat their homes and, when properly sized, are said to be the perfect solution to share heat from heat pump installations.

As these low temperature systems increase in popularity, Stelrad is keen to set the record straight when it comes to some of the misconceptions currently circulating about radiator sizing and compatibility versus alternative options. The company’s Head of Marketing, Chris Harvey, says the time has come to put things right and start dealing in facts: “Radiators work in very different ways to alternative heating choices, but they do a similar job, each with benefits in some circumstances. We want to put the facts out there for installers and homeowners to choose for themselves without being bamboozled into thinking there is only one option.

“All radiators should be sized correctly for the rooms they are installed in and we offer a free radiator sizing and heat loss calculator on our website. You will require larger radiators for a renewable, low temperature system than you would for a traditional boiler driven heating system because the water flow temperature in the system is lower. But that can mean a larger radiator possibly a vertical radiator, or one of our increasingly popular K3 radiators – with three panels and three fins –with the same radiator footprint for a room as a current K2 radiator, but with 50% additional metal surface to provide increased heat levels.”

Stelrad has invested hugely in developing its range of radiators to ensure it can offer radiators that provide sufficient heat from renewable heating systems, a fact supported by the high number of new build developers that have already decided to stick with radiators as their key form of heat emitter and there are plenty of case studies to show how effectively this works.

Stelrad has devised a specialist CPD for the business to provide facts and figures and evidence-based information to help installers and specifiers to choose the right products for their installations.

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