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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.

Won't the covers catch fire from the heat?

There is a potential risk when covering electric heaters, which is why we do not reccomend covering electric heaters unless the manufacturer of the heater is willing to speak for the safety of doing so in writing. There are hydronic type electric heaters which shopuld be safe, but again, it is best to ask the manufacturer before attempting to cover any electric heater. With conventional forced hot water and steam heat, there is no risk whatsoever! The temperatures these systems run at are far below anything that could be a risk. While hot enough to scald skin, the approx. 190 degrees F these systems run at is very safe as far as combustion is concerned.

What material are your covers made from?

After using solid wood, plywood, etc., We have found that a premium MDF product such as the Ranger Board we use on all of our covers is the most stable, provides the best finished product and provides the best value to our customers. We have had nothing but great results and feedback over the past seven years using this product.

What's the longest length you can make?

We can make covers to fit any length of heater. No individual panel is made longer than 47". For a 90" long cover for instance, we will make 2 45" sections. All covers are custom built to order and sections are divided equally for each length of heater.

How hard is assembly and installation?

Our assembly instructions are available to download here. Assembly and installation are very simple and can be done without any experience or special tools. A small single panel cover should take less than 10 minutes to install.

Can I stain an unfinished cover?

While an unfinished cover can technically be stained, it will not look great without the addition of some faux painting techniques. The material does not have a wood grain pattern. We sugest that you paint your cover with a complimentary color paint if faux painting is not an option.

Do you offer custom colors?

We are pleased to announce that we now offer customers the ability to have their order painted in any Bengamin Moore color. Unfortunately custom colors are very difficult to do since our finishing room has to be dedicated solely to the parts in that order, combined with the extra labor involved in dismantling and cleaning the spray equipment before and after a color change. We charge $150.00 per color regardless of order size. We understand this fee may seem high, but it is what what we need to charge to offset our cost in doing so.

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