Radiators are a classic type of home heating system that are commonly found in older buildings, or in smaller homes that do not have the space for larger central heating units. While all radiators work by moving hot water or steam through them to heat up the room that they are installed in, there are several different types of radiators available on the market, each of which is made out of a different material and thus carries a different set of characteristics with it. Understanding the differences between the available types of radiators can help you choose the one that best fits your home heating needs.
Aluminum heaters are extremely durable, are resistant to rust, and are relatively inexpensive when compared to other types of radiator materials. This makes them one of the most common types of radiators on the market. Aluminum radiators will heat up extremely quickly, and are much more responsive than other types of radiators. However, they will also not hold onto heat very well when they are turned off, which means that you will not be able to enjoy residual heat while saving money on your hot water.
Ceramic radiators are also extremely durable, and though they take longer than aluminum to heat up, will hold onto heat for an extended period of time. Furthermore, ceramic radiators are not very hot to the touch, while still providing an ample amount of heat to your home, making them the ideal choice for homes with smaller children and pets where hot radiators would pose a safety hazard.
Cast-iron radiators are the oldest model of radiator available, and provide a classic appearance to your home. They take a while to heat up, but throw a great deal of heat. However, they tend to be relatively bulky and will take up a lot of space in your home. They are also extremely hot to touch, and will hold onto heat for a while – turning them into a safety hazard while making them more energy efficient. Finally, the material cost of cast-iron means that these types of radiators will also cost more than their counterparts.
Steel radiators are able to be molded into a variety of different custom designs, making them ideal for homeowners looking to add a unique flair to their home. They operate similar to cast-iron radiators, but come at the disadvantage of being relatively susceptible to rust and wear over time, which means that they will likely need to be replaced sooner than other types of radiators.
Speak to a local heating contractor to learn more.