A homeowner is never more grateful of their heating systems than in times of appalling weather (such as the United Kingdom has been ‘enjoying’ in the last couple of months in which several inches of rain as well as snow has fallen all across the British Isles). In such times the demands being placed on heaters and radiators drastically increases. However, the necessity to use radiators at such times will inevitably lead to an increase in a homeowner’s monthly heating bills, possibly leading to many people striving to find either a means of ‘limiting the damage’ by finding a more efficient means of insulating their home or by purchasing a more efficient system of home heating. One means of heating which has experienced a surge in popularity over the last few years is the buying of Cast Iron Radiators.
There are several reasons as to why an increasing number of homeowners have endeavoured to purchase a more traditional style of heater such as Cast Iron Radiators rather than typical electrical convector heaters. The first of these reasons is the superiority of Cast Iron Radiators in terms of economic efficiency. Because of the ability of Cast Iron as metal to retain heat as well as produce heat even after being turned off, it means that a home owner has the potential of experiencing a considerable saving on energy costs.
Another practical benefit which also results in economic savings on behalf of a home owner who employs Cast Iron Radiators is the fact that the metal is exceptionally difficult to corrode, meaning that they have to be replaced less often, thereby saving on maintenance costs to be paid by the owner. The importance of this factor is truly recognised when one considers how Cast Iron Radiators actually operate: liquid water is heated within the pipes of the radiator until it boils into steam and is then passed through the radiator (heating the metal and producing the heat enjoyed by the homeowner) before cooling and then condensing into water. The fact that so much water is being passed over the metalwork of the radiator (both as liquid water and steam) demonstrates the importance of the resistance of Cast Iron to corrosion.
Also, as with many products available on the mass market nowadays, (especially home furnishings), there is a considerable role to be played by the aesthetic appeal of items so it would be naive, therefore, to suggest that the surge in demand for Traditional and Cast Iron Radiators over the last few years has had nothing to do with their attractive appearance.