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Frequently asked questions:

Will radiator covers lower my radiator's efficiency?

No, a properly designed cover can actually improve the efficiency of your heat. When air is heated, the molecules become less dense and naturally rise through the colder, denser air (think of a hot air balloon). with a non-covered radiator, this flow of air brings it straight up a usually cold exterior wall, where the air is dissipated at ceiling level, creating a convection cycle, warming the rest or the air in the room.

Heating a room, is simply the transfer of energy between the air molecules within that space. A radiator cover will not increase the amount of energy your radiator puts out, but will allow that energy to be used more efficiently by pushing it out into the room, instead of straight up. This directs the flow away from the walls and creates a wider path of air flow, heating the surrounding air quicker and more efficiently.

Wont your covers trap the heat from escaping into the room?

No, the less dense, hot air molecules want to escape. By allowing the cover to put a restriction on the upwards flow of air within the cover, we are actually allowing a slight pressure to build up within the cover , forcing the hot air out into the room. For example, this is what happens when you open up a heated oven's door and the hot air seems to rush out in a burst. The grilles we use are designed not to put too much of a restriction on the flow of air.

Isn't using wood around my radiator a fire hazard?

No, wood normally combusts at 454 degrees farenheight A typical heating system does not get any hotter that 190 degrees farenheight; less than half the temperature needed to cause any threat of a fire!

Will I be able to see the radiator through the grille of the cover?

Yes, though some grille types more than others. However an easy trick to solve this issue is to simply paint the radiator with a flat black paint. A latex paint can be used on a radiator with no signs of rust, but an oil based is better, since it will not promote rusting. The simplest way is to use spray paint (make sure the surrounding area is well masked!). Make sure the radiator is clean and free of loose paint. An etching primer or scuffing the radiator with a green scotch brite pad before painting will help the finish bond better. A light coat is all that is required. You do not have to be perfect ... the idea is to simply lessen the amount of light which is reflected by the radiator. You will be amazed at how well this works! The smaller the spaces between the slats, the less visable the radiator is.

 


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