Radiators

Check List:

  • Is there anything in front of your radiators blocking the heat, like furniture?
  • Touch your radiators for cold spots when the heating is on
  • Are your radiators one single panel or do they have fins?

How can radiators save me money?

Radiators work by emitting the heat to the room. This is done by hot water passing through them. 

This water should be able to pass through the radiators without a problem. 

Older radiators tend to get blocked with sludge. One easy test is to bleed your radiator and note the colour of the water that comes out. 

To do this get a radiator key and turn the key to release the valve. At first you will hear the hiss of air escaping. Then water should trickle out. Collect a small amount and then shut off the valve.

If the water is dark coloured then you have sludge in your system and you should consider getting your system power cleaned and having a magnetic filter fitted. 

These should all help the water pass more evenly through your system. It will also put less strain on your boiler so extending its life. 

The cleaner your heating system the easier it should be for the radiators to heat up so saving you money.

How can I get extra heat from my radiators?

If you don’t have wall insulation you can fit reflector panels behind your radiators. These look like tin foil and help to radiate heat back into your room. They are pretty cheap and can save you about 20% from your energy bill.

You should not cover any part of your radiator. If you have furniture blocking them, or even panels decorating them then you are blocking the heat from circulating so actually only heating the furniture and not the room.

What about underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating operates by installing coils of piping under your floors. Hot water is then pumped around these coils. You save money, as lower temperature water is needed to heat the home because the surface area is much bigger. 

It can be tricky to fit in existing homes so you will need to consult with an expert before attempting it. If you are building a new house then it would be sensible to investigate fitting it from the start.

Maintaining my heating system

Maintaining a heating system is often overlooked. All heating systems should be serviced on a regular basis. 

Heating systems should also include products to help keep them free of dirt.

These can include:

  • Chemical Inhibitors - These help reduce the build up of sludge and scale and reduce the level of corrosion inside the heating system. They can help boost a heating system's effectiveness by 3%.
  • Dirt Separators - Separators work by passing the heating system water through a magnetic field. Any metal deposits are collected and removed from the system. This can help reduce heating bills by around 10%.
  • Power Flush - Before installing a new heating appliance the system should be flushed. This will help to clear out any existing debris that may have been collected in the system. By not flushing your system before use you will not be getting the full efficiency of your new appliance.

More information:

http://www.centralheating.co.uk/heating-types/heat-emitters/radiators 

http://www.marcuk.com/facts-and-figures.html   

Radiators

Check List: 

  • Is there anything in front of your radiators blocking the heat, like furniture?
  • Touch your radiators for cold spots when your heating is on
  • Are your radiators one single panel or do they have fins?

How can radiators save carbon?

Radiators work by emitting the heat to the room. This is done by hot water passing through them. 

This water should be able to pass through the radiators without a problem. 

Older radiators tend to get blocked with sludge. One easy test is to bleed your radiator and note the colour of the water that comes out. 

To do this get a radiator key and turn the key to release the valve. At first you will hear the hiss of air escaping. Then water should trickle out. Collect a small amount and then shut off the valve.

If the water is dark coloured then you have sludge in your system and you should consider getting your system power cleaned and having a magnetic filter fitted. 

These should all help the water pass more evenly through your system. It will also put less strain on your boiler so extending its life. 

The cleaner your heating system the easier it should be for the radiators to heat up so saving you money.

How can I get extra heat from my radiators?

If you don’t have wall insulation you can fit reflector panels behind your radiators. These look like tin foil and help to radiate heat back into your room. They are pretty cheap and can save you about 20% from your energy bill.

You should not cover any part of your radiator. If you have furniture blocking them, or even decoration panels then you are blocking the heat from circulating and only heating the furniture and not the room.

Maintaining my heating system

Maintaining a heating system is often overlooked. All heating systems should be serviced on a regular basis. 

Heating systems should also include products to help keep them free of dirt.

These can include:

  • Chemical Inhibitors - These help reduce the build up of sludge and scale and reduce the level of corrosion inside the heating system. They can help boost a heating system's effectiveness by 3%.
  • Dirt Separators - Separators work by passing the heating system water through a magnetic field. Any metal deposits are collected and removed from the system. This can help reduce heating bills by around 10%.
  • Power Flush - Before installing a new heating appliance the system should be flushed. This will help to clear out any existing debris that may have been collected in the system. By not flushing your system before use you will not be getting the full efficiency of your new appliance.

What about underfloor heating?

Underfloor heating operates by installing coils of piping under your floors. Hot water is then pumped around these coils. You save carbon as lower temperature water is needed to heat the home because the surface area is much bigger so requires less fuel. It is also good to use underfloor heating if you have a renewable heating system like a heat pump.

It can be tricky to fit in existing homes so you will need to consult with an expert before attempting it. If you are building a new house then it would be sensible to investigate fitting it from the start.

More information:

http://www.centralheating.co.uk/heating-types/heat-emitters/radiators 

http://www.marcuk.com/facts-and-figures.html 

Manufacturers

Biasi 

Dimplex 

Myson 

Installers

British Gas 

Products to maintain your system

Adey 

Fernox 

Harvey Water Softeners 

Kamco 

Sentinel 

Spirotech 

Merchants

Graham Group 

Plumbase 

PTS 

Wolseley