Radiators, they aren't a subject that's easy to make interesting, but hopefully I have done that in this article. Today, I'm going to explore three things that everyone should know about modern radiators. Your life just wouldn't be complete without this knowledge...
... Ok, so that's a massive over exaggeration, but if you're a homeowner, you will definitely find this information somewhat interesting, or if not interesting, at least useful.
Size Doesn't Matter
We are told that size doesn't matter all the time, but hardly anyone believes that. But with radiators, it's practically true. Whilst the surface area of a radiator is important, it is not so much the length and width that matters, but the depth. The deeper the radiator, the more metal there is likely to be, and so the greater the surface area.
But it isn't the size her say that matters but the amount of heat that the radiator can put out. All you have to worry about when buying a radiator is its BTU rating. This tells you how much heat the radiator can produce within an hour and you can then match this figure to the requirements of your room.
As long as you choose a radiator that has enough BTU for the room, size is completely irrelevant. In most cases, the size does correlate with BTU, but not all the time.
Radiators Have Some Cool Technology
As with most of our everyday appliances and technology, radiators are becoming smart. No, they aren't evolving brains, but they're having certain human-made computers added to them to improve their function. I suppose that does count as a brain in some respects. Maybe in a million years, our radiators will be sentient, but not quite yet, unless you count being connected to OK Google as sentience?
So, our radiator smart. We are connecting them to the internet of things and are now able to control them remotely. You can literally be sat in bed feeling a little bit chilly and use your mobile phone to turn up the temperature in your home.
Or, you might be on holiday somewhere in winter and realise that you've left your central heating switched off and the pipes may suffer damage. No problem anymore, you just sign in to your Smart home and adjust the heating as necessary.
As well as the new smart technology, thermostatic radiator valves have been improved too. They are now much more sensitive than ever before to temperature changes giving you fantastic control over your central heating system and ensuring that you waste as little energy as possible.
Radiator Materials Have Come a Long Way
If you have old radiators, you have probably noticed that they have some rust patches. With newer radiators, this is much less likely to happen because the technology has caught up and there are all sorts of additives in radiators nowadays to minimise rusting substantially.
Personally, I would recommend buying a stainless steel radiator that has special rust treatment if you really want to keep those rough patches away for the next two or three, maybe even four, decades.
I hope I managed to make radiators a little bit interesting. Personally, I like anything that looks at new technology and shows how much it's changing and how far humans have come. With my awesome when you look at everything we've done.