Radiators are often in need of some extra protection. Whether it be from the elements, or for the people around the radiator, radiator covers are popular practical and aesthetic choices. In many homes, you’ll find a broad variety of radiator types, and whether a vertical flat panel radiator or horizontal, they’ll need to be working to their full capacity to truly be enjoyed.
That’s where radiator covers come in. These beautiful accessories are the answer to a broad range of practical needs and offer up some very creative designs for your home. Below is everything you need to know about radiator covers, and whether they’re right for your home.
What is a radiator cover?
A radiator cover can be made from a variety of different materials and is usually defined by its covering of a heating unit. Whether chrome or an aluminium designer radiator, all types can be protected and embellished by a radiator cover, adding design flare and protection from the heat radiated.
Different types of radiator covers
There is a wide range of different materials you can make your radiator cover out of. These include wood, ceramics, medium density fibreboard, string and cane. The trick with your radiator cover is to make sure that it doesn’t affect the heat output detrimentally. That means not making or buying a radiator cover made of insulating materials that can block heat from radiating.
Why get a radiator cover?
There is a broad range of reasons why you should buy radiator covers and how they can be utilised in the home. With so many different aspects to home heating, all properties will have different needs, dependent on the inhabitants, heating efficiency and room size. The points below will factor differently on your property, but will in general help you to decide whether a radiator cover is right for you.
Protection for your radiator
Some radiators may be prone to outside elements, and a cover will undoubtedly ensure that it has all the protection it needs, whether it be from rust, stains or corrosive substance.
Alternatively, painting your radiator or adding a finish will protect it without taking up as much space.
Protection for children and animals
The radiator may not be what needs protecting, and alternatively, it could be the people and animals inhabiting the space around it. Radiators can get hot and have sharp edges. If you have smaller children or animals with sensitive skin (or prone to bumps), then a radiator cover can protect them from a hard impact and extra hot surfaces.
Radiator covers can be utilised as extra storage space. With the usually flat tops built-in, you can use the radiator cover as an extra shelf.
With a cover, you can muffle any noise from your radiator. Whether it is prone to banging pipes or dripping, a cover will ensure that louder sounds will be diminished. However, you should note that any noise created by your radiator should be looked into, and so a cover should be dismantlable, ensuring that you can get to the heating unit if any problems occur.
Will a radiator cover hinder the efficiency?
Despite their being made from uninsulated materials, radiator covers still hold the potential to try some of the hot air created. To make sure that your radiator cover doesn’t affect the BTU output of the unit, it should be installed at least 40mm in width, 30 mm in height and 20 mm in depth away from the unit it surrounds.
Radiator reflective panels
If you’re still worried about the heat blocking properties of your radiator, you can install reflective panels on the wall behind your unit. This will reflect any heat lost to the back of the radiator and will be reflected out into the room past the radiator cover. Whether on a DQ or a Reina Radiator, reflective panels will always improve efficiency.