Yes. Our radiators are suitable for domestic 2 pipe systems. They should not be considered for single pipe, gravity or Domestic Hot water systems.
All our connections are BSP and will accept manual or thermostatic valves.
There is no problem with integrating individual radiators into an existing system. When new or additional radiators are being installed, the system should be drained, cleaned and flushed in accordance with BS7593 and a good quality inhibitor, suitable for mixed metal systems, used to protect the system.
Yes, but if you have a system that has a central heating system expansion tank (usually in the loft), then there should be a 1metre clearance between the top of the radiator and the bottom of the header tank.
Tests prove that it is best to place a radiator in the coldest part of the room. This is often near or under the windows. However, with all the sizes and shapes available, you have the design freedom to co-ordinate the best possible options to suit your requirements.
Some of the design radiators have baffles inside the water-carrying tubes to divert the water flow around the whole radiator to maximize efficiency. Check the installation instructions to see if this applies to the radiator that you have chosen before you install it. The column radiator has no front” or “back”, so can be turned around to suit the existing plumbing arrangement.
Yes, as long as an inhibitor for mixed metal systems is used. In reality, most systems are already mixed metal, as many have aluminium heat exchangers in the boiler, plus copper pipes and steel radiators already installed.
It is important that the salt does not get into the central heating system. In an open or unvented system, if there is a leak, the water in the top-up tank for the central heating system will automatically be topped up with softened water, which will get into the radiators. This must be avoided. If the central heating system or a radiator has been drained and is to be refilled, the controls to the water softener must be switched over so that un-softened water is fed into the header tank.
Inhibitor is a chemical mix that should be added to the central heating system water to prevent corrosion and prolong the life of the system.
The size will depend on the heat required for the room. This can be established by your plumber/installer. However, as a guide, calculate the volume of the room by multiplying the height, width and length to get the volume in cubic metres.
For bedrooms, hallways and kitchens allow 40 watts per cubic metre, and multiply the total by 40; for bathrooms, living and dining rooms, multiply the total by 50. This will give the output required in watts.
Example: A bedroom 3.6m long x 3m wide x 2.4m high has a volume of 25.92cubic metres. Multiply this by 40 to get 1036 Watts. If the room has large windows or exposed walls, increase the total by 10%. Always choose the next radiator size up if the exact output is not available and allow more length and less height for radiators under a window.
To convert watts to Btu’s, multiply by 3.412.
Or to make it easier for you diy.com has a BTU calculator that will work it out for you and suggest a radiator suitable to your needs.
T60°C allows for older boiler systems, whilst T50°C is the new European testing standard for modern boilers, such as condensing boilers, with lower flow and return temperatures. For an approximate conversion from T50°C to T60°C, multiply the T50°C by 1.25.
Unless the installer/heating engineer has taken it into consideration when calculating the heat loss requirements of the room, the radiator will be oversized by up to 25%.
The temperature can be moderated by the use of a thermostatic valve, and in the future, when the boiler is replaced with a condensing type the radiators will be of the correct size.
Unless the installer/heating engineer has taken it into consideration when calculating the heat loss requirements of the room, the radiators will be undersized by approximately 25%, and the room will not be sufficiently heated.
The installer must know the flow and return temperatures of the boiler in question, and select from the appropriate T output data.
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