Whether you're building a new home or refurbishing an old one, choosing the right radiator can significantly impact the comfort level, style, and even the energy efficiency of your home. The Radiator Shop has been a fan of aluminium radiators for over 10 years, and while they did take a while to catch-on in Ireland, they are now one of our most popular sellers.
Let's dive into the world of aluminium radiators to help you understand why they could be an excellent choice for your space.
Understanding Aluminium Radiators
In the vast sea of radiator materials – steel, cast iron, and even stone, aluminium radiators have surged in popularity recently.
Aluminium, the third most abundant element on earth, is known for its low density and corrosion resistance. Despite being slightly more expensive than the most commonly used steel radiators, aluminium radiators offer a series of benefits that outbalance the initial cost. Here's why you might want to consider investing in one.
Benefits of Aluminium Radiators
One of the primary reasons aluminium radiators are gaining traction is their superb heat conduction property. Aluminium has an emissivity level almost five times that of steel, making it an ideal choice for radiator construction. What this means for you is that these radiators don't have to be on as long to reach their maximum temperature. They also require less water to function. This all adds up to lower heating costs, a more efficient heating system, and more savings.
Another key feature of aluminium radiators is their lightweight nature. This makes them suitable for installation on all types of walls, both external and internal, heating up any space efficiently.
Additionally, the aesthetic appeal of aluminium radiators is undeniable. With a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours available, they offer a stylish and harmonious blend with most interiors.
The Green Advantage
Aluminium radiators are not just about style and functionality; they also present significant environmental benefits. They're made from recycled and recyclable material and their low water content allows for smaller designs, which is a big plus when used alongside a low-temperature heating system.
Maintaining Aluminium Radiators
Though you might be thinking that aluminium radiators require extra care, there's really not much extra work involved. They work in the same way as steel and cast iron radiators. If you've heard concerns about corrosion, rest assured that standard corrosion inhibitors work perfectly fine with mixed metals.
The Pros & Cons of Aluminium Radiators
To sum it up, aluminium radiators offer excellent heat conductivity, are efficient with a low water content, high-quality due to their non-corrosive material, versatile in design, and environmentally friendly. However, they cool down quicker than steel or cast iron, may require a specific radiator inhibitor if you're not replacing all radiators, and may have a higher initial cost.
One of our best selling range are the Vertical Aluminium Radiators which can give great heat-output in areas where wall space is tight- for example kitchens or large open plan rooms. Similarly if you opt for an aluminium towel rail for your main bathroom, you can achieve the heat output you need from a much smaller towel rail than if you used stainless steel or metal.
Remember, whether you're building or renovating, the right radiator can bring both comfort and style to your home. Stay warm, save energy, and create a space that’s truly yours with the right radiator choice.