How Long Do Hydronic Radiators Last?
DeLonghi Radel panels come with a 30-year warranty* and towel rails come with a 10-year warranty*.
* Radiators installed in wet areas (like bathrooms) only come with a 12-month warranty. This is due to the condensation and corrosion issues in these areas. We always recommend a towel rail be installed in these areas as they, unlike radiators, are built to take the punishment of the condensation in wet areas.
Please note: These warranties do not cover the valves on the radiators or towel rails, which may need to be changed as part of general maintenance on the system.
Where Can You Place Hydronic Radiator Systems?
Radiators are best placed underneath windows for a couple of reasons.
The radiant heat produced by the hot water flowing through the panel radiates from the front of the panel, hence it comes from the wall of the house into the centre of the room and into the living space.
The convection of the air inside the radiator also moves directly upward from the panel which creates a pad of warm air against the glass of the window. This warm air creates a temperature break that stops the warmth inside escaping through the glass. Plus, it also stops the cold exterior temperature coming in from outside.
Below the windows are also great placement as most people don’t have larger pieces of furniture directly in front of windows. This allows the radiant heat to circulate into the room better than by being blocked by furniture and visually makes the panel become part of the window feature.
However, if under the windows isn’t suitable placement, we can negotiate the design and adjust the layout to your requirements.
Can You Put Furniture Against Hydronic Heating?
Hydronic heating works best when it is allowed to emanate from the panels and gently circulate. By putting large pieces of furniture in front of radiator panels it really cuts into the efficiency of the system and its radiant heating.
If you were to put a large leather couch in front of a radiator, we would recommend that the couch be on legs so that the air can circulate under it and that it be as far away from the radiator as practical. The leather will dry out over time so we would recommend a regular treatment if you choose this as the desired placement. A minimum distance of 100mm is recommended for all furnishings in front of radiator panels. However, the further away the better.
We would also recommend not hanging artwork or electrical equipment like TV’s directly above hydronic heating radiator panels. This is due to the convection of warm air rising out of the radiators.
Does Hydronic Heating Use a Lot of Water?
Hydronic Heating systems are a closed loop system. Which means once the system has been filled up with water, it recycles this same water around and around the system.
We put a bacterial inhibitor into the water when we first fill it up. This inhibitor stops bacterial growth in the water for between 5 and 10 years. We will check on the condition of the water as part of our yearly general service call and will also top the water pressure up for you if required. The system does loose a small amount over time with just natural evaporation.