Buying radiators, the facts
The most crucial element when considering the purchase of a new radiator is the output of the product. The radiator has one job, to provide you with the necessary heat you require for the space you are heating.
For hydronic radiators, which go onto a water based central heating system, there are a few simple factors which govern output; The temperature of the water when it leaves the boiler/heat source (known as the flow temperature) and the total surface area and amount of material contained within the product that will heat up, and therefore, “radiate”.
When the flow temperature of the water differs from system to system, how can we be sure the claims of output are accurate?
The Government has created a level playing field, on which all manufacturers, and resellers, must compete. This has been enshrined in UK and EU law.
Note: The below article references the “CE” mark. Since leaving the EU, this has been replaced with the “UKCA” mark. However, the CE mark can still be used on Radiators until the end of 2022. This article will be updated at that point. Theradiatorcompany.co.uk will always comply with whatever legislation is in place.
It is the LAW that radiators and convectors installed in heating systems in buildings conform to the European Standard BS-EN442. Products that conform will have a 'UKCA'/ ‘CE’ mark.