Wednesday, 24 November 2010

What sized radiators should be used on Ground Source, Air Source and Water Source Heat Pump Systems?

Ground, Air and Water Source heat pump systems require larger radiators than those used on conventional boiler heating systems. This is because heat pump systems operate at lower temperatures. Heat pumps operate between 40 and 50 degrees Celsius, whereas conventional boilers operate between 60 to 80 degrees Celsius. Radiators on a heat pump system, operating at these lower temperatures, will produce around 30% of the heat output of the equivalent radiators on a conventional system.

Dave Wood, of Feature Radiators, the UK’s leading radiator specialist, commented:

"In our experience, most heat pump design engineers favour aluminium radiators as being the "radiator of choice" for these type of installations. Aluminium radiators such as the Decoral, Trend, Lie Low and I-Line have a very low water content and the excellent heat conducting properties of aluminium gives these radiators a rapid reaction time: achieving full radiator temperature up to three times as fast as steel panel radiators. Aluminium radiators aren't the only radiators suitable: Our steel Bordo and Volcano radiators, both with excellent heat outputs, have also been used with great success on heat pump systems."

For more information on radiators suitable for heat pumps, contact Feature Radiators on 01274 567789 or visit

Helena Gerwitz, EzineArticles Basic PLUS Author

Friday, 12 November 2010

Oil-filled radiators

Many customers and heating installers often ask for oil-filled radiators when a property does not have a boiler fed central heating system as this was historically the most popular solution when it came to electric heating. However, oil brings with it a number of negatives; it’s slow to heat up, can prevent a radiator from being recycled and is increasingly expensive.

But technological advances have led to a huge increase in the choice of electric radiators available and now no longer are ugly oil-filled radiators the only option.

Electric radiators now come in many formats. A popular option are water-filled radiators, which are essentially radiators that have been designed to go on a piped central heating system, but have been “electrified” with the addition of water, corrosion inhibitor and an electric element. Water-filled electric radiators are quick to heat up and clean, providing a simple, attractive yet inexpensive option to suit many interiors.

Water-filled electric radiators are available in a range of designs, different materials (such as cast iron, steel and aluminium), hundreds of colours, and a wealth of sizes both in horizontal and vertical forms. And they still offer the benefits offered by oil-filled radiators such as portability and availability in both floor-mounted and wall-hung versions.

But liquid filled radiators are not the only option. For instance, the Electric Romana is a stone radiator made of high quality marble or granite. Its award-winning design incorporates the excellent heat-retention properties of natural stone. No liquid content means that it can be mounted horizontally or vertically. Thanks to the particular molecular make up of stone, the warm air is radiated directly and evenly into the surroundings providing heating that is highly effective, efficient and clean.

The latest addition to the electric radiator market is iRad, a radiant panel that contains no liquid at all, emits a high heat output, and can be wirelessly linked to other iRad radiators providing a highly efficient central heating system, without the expense and inconvenience of installing pipework. Using iRads with wireless controllers enables the user to set time and temperature settings as well as being able to “zone” radiators. The iRad is available in a number of sizes and in various colours, as well as brushed stainless steel, polished stainless steel, glass and mirror finishes.

In summary, the developments in the industry mean that oil-filled radiators are rapidly becoming obsolete and cleaner, greener alternatives are now becoming the norm. Increased options mean that consumers don’t need to compromise on aesthetics, performance or price when it comes to electric heating.

For more information on stylish electric radiators, contact Feature Radiators at or call 01274 567789.

Helena Gerwitz, EzineArticles Basic PLUS Author

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Looking for a vertical chrome radiator that is surprisingly affordable?

Then look no further than Feature Radiators’ Red Hot, the latest addition to their contemporary range. A modern, vertical radiator, in stock in both chrome and matt red for quick delivery, that is stunning but also offers fantastic value for money, starting at only £230 + VAT.

The Red Hot is also available with a towel rail, making it a perfect addition to any stylish bathroom.

The Red Hot radiator has been launched to raise awareness and funds for the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK, in conjunction with their annual Red Hot Day. 20% of the sale price of the Red Hot radiator will go to the charity to help continue their work supporting those suffering with these chronic diseases.

Feature Radiators, based in Bingley, West Yorkshire, has a comprehensive range that includes contemporary, designer, traditional cast iron and electric radiators and heated towel rails, providing quality and design as well as value for money.

With over 150 styles on display in their showroom, expert advice, unrivalled customer service and nationwide delivery, they are widely recognized as the UK’s leading radiator specialist.

For more information on the Red Hot radiator or other radiators call 01274 515734, contact or visit

For more information on the charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK (formerly known as National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Diseases), visit

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