The steel panel radiator is an inexpensive heating solution that reacts very quickly when turned on. Mostly hot water, it takes up little space and is very resistant.
The radiator with steel panels
How does a steel panel radiator work?
These radiators consist of one or more panels, themselves equipped with steel sheets, assembled to form channels where the hot water will circulate. These panels can be equipped with fins or baffles, parts that will play on convection. For example, finned radiators will emit more heat by convection than those with baffles. Indeed, these fins react like a chimney and allow the hot air to go up.
As for the panels, they radiate heat. This type of heating thus combines radiant heating and convection heating. This results in better air quality.
To operate, this radiator must be connected to the central heating that will propel hot water into the radiator. If it is electric, it must be connected to the electrical network. Today, there are mixed radiators that can be connected to both networks. This device allows the steel panel radiator to function as an electric heater when the central heating is turned off.
To note: the steel panel radiator differs from the radiator electric radiator, which has a steel grid.
What are its advantages and disadvantages?
This type of radiator has the advantage of having a good quality / price ratio. Inexpensive, it is light and robust, the steel being anticorrosive. There is a wide choice of models, from the simplest to the most stylish, through a wide range of colors. There are radiators with steel panels entry level at 30 €.
On the other hand, the steel radiator rises quickly in temperature and cools quickly: it has very little thermal inertia, unlike the cast iron radiator. This radiator is thus poorly suited to poorly insulated housing.