The role of designer radiators in sustainable and energy-efficient homes

As your radiators get older, they will become less efficient. This means that you’ll need to use more energy to heat them to a level that warms your home effectively. Not only do they become unreliable, but they can also drive your heating bills up, and the more energy you’re using, the larger your carbon footprint becomes – which is something more of us are trying to avoid. Designer radiators can help with this. Whether you’re looking for a statement piece, a column or a towel radiator, these designer products can be a great addition to modern, energy-efficient homes. Read on to find out more about the way they work and how you can benefit. 

Uses less water 

One of the most notable benefits to keep in mind when it comes to designer radiators is that they use less water to heat effectively. Compared to old radiators, new designs can be up to 50% more efficient than older models. This is simply because the way they work has been modified to improve heating ability. When you turn your heating on and water makes its way around the system and into your new, designer radiator, the water reaches more of the radiator’s surface, meaning you need less water to feel the benefit. This means lower bills, and less water usage without having to compromise on a warm, cosy home. 

Uses less energy  

If you’re trying to live more sustainably, reducing the amount of energy you’re using is going to be one of your main goals. Thankfully, updating your heating system to include a new designer radiator means you can reduce the amount of energy you use to feel the benefit, especially in the colder months. As we mentioned above, these radiators have been designed to heat more efficiently. And whilst the BTU that you choose still matters, when measured correctly, you can heat your room quickly, to the temperature you want in less time. This means less time with your thermostat on high, reducing your consumption. This means a reduction in the amount you’re paying in terms of bills each month, as well as less energy used that could harm the planet. 

Types of efficient radiators 

So, are there specific types of radiators that are better than others when it comes to sustainable energy? Whilst most modern radiators can make a difference to the way you heat your home, there are a few that can help when it comes to getting the most out of your heating for less. We’ll take a look at them in more detail below. 

Convector radiators 

These radiators are a great option if you’re looking to heat a large room more efficiently. They use convection to their advantage which sees heat being drawn into the radiator from the bottom and being pushed out at the top. It has the addition of fins which helps to move heat around the room more effectively. The fins, as well as the radiator, heat up, meaning a larger surface area is available for water to heat. You can use convection to your advantage to decrease your energy usage and bills at the end of the month. 

Cast iron radiators 

These radiators can fit perfectly in a traditional, or modern home – they are truly versatile. They can be a great addition to any home that is trying to improve its energy efficiency. Cast iron conducts more heat than materials like steel, meaning that when they have reached the temperature you’re looking for, they will remain hot and emit heat around your room even when they’re turned off.  Whilst you will still need to use the same amount of energy to heat them, they will heat up quickly and remain hot for a while, meaning your home can get the most from these stylish radiators. 

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.