Today’s radiators: efficient, comfortable and sustainable
Successfully increasing the efficiency of a whole heating system is dependent on all components being optimally adjusted to each other in terms of both energy distribution and hydraulic balance. A key aspect of the installation of a heating system is the choice of heat emitters. Radiators can be integrated into any type of heating system regardless of the heating technology used.
Modern radiators with low system temperatures, in combination with state-of-the-art control technology, save energy and, in addition, create a pleasant room climate. Radiators feature a slim-line profile and minimal water content in combination with a large heat-transfer surface. Thus the room temperature can be quickly adjusted to changing user needs. Modern thermostatic valves and hydraulic balancing valves help the heating system maintain exactly the right temperature in individual rooms and at different times.
Between modernisation and comfort
The aim in modernising an existing system is to increase efficiency by means of energy-saving operation and optimal delivery of heat through modern radiators. Alongside financial implications, visual and functional aspects are coming more and more to the forefront: radiators can serve as features in the interior decor or as mirrors, can have a specific purpose (to dry/warm up towels) or can generally improve the design of a room.
However, it is not just the performance of a radiator that determines the quality of heat delivery. Optimum heat distribution can only be achieved if the radiator is installed in the right place. The traditional place under the window is still to be recommended: here, incoming cold draughts are intercepted and the heat is delivered unimpeded into the room. At the same time, the position can be chosen not only with energy savings in mind, but also for reasons of design.
Importance of radiators for the energy efficiency of a modern heating system
The energy saving potential of high-efficiency heat generators – such as a condensing boiler or a heat pump – will only be realized, provided that the system temperature of the heating system is adapted. The lower the system temperature, the higher the efficiency of the heating system. Low-temperature radiators are ideally an integral part of the modernisation of a heating system. Comparing the performance of high temperature systems (80/60°C or 70/55°C) with low temperature system (45/35°C) will show the important role that low-temperature radiators can play in exploiting the energy saving potential of the entire system.