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Are radiators better under windows?

Are radiators better under windows?

The traditional place to position your radiator is the coldest part of the room. Whether that’s beneath your window or against the wall. This is due to conduction, with incoming cold air causing more effective heat conduction and pushing the hot air from your radiator into the middle of the room.

Where is the best place to put radiators in a room?

The best place for a radiator is in the coldest part of the room. This used to be under windows. However, in more modern double-glazed homes, there may not be a cold area, so you can put radiators where they won’t affect the use of walls. A general rule is to have one radiator for every 4m or so in a room.

Why do you fit radiators under windows?

Why are radiators put under windows? As the hot air rises from the radiator, the cold air that is coming in through the window pushes against the warm air, circulating it around the room much more efficiently. If you were to place a radiator in the middle of the room instead, the heat wouldn’t fill the room.

Should you tuck curtains behind radiators?

However, tucking in curtains behind the radiators is not recommended. With most modern radiators, at least half of the heat output is from behind the front panel. If you tuck in curtains behind the radiator, you will restrict the free flow of warm air.

Is it OK to put a sofa in front of a radiator?

It’s not a good idea to place a sofa, or any other large furniture, in front of a radiator. A sofa would block heat from travelling freely around the room, and could suffer potential long-term damage from a close level of heat exposure.

Do window radiators stop condensation?

As described in the other answers, putting the radiators (or hot air vents in a forced-air system) under the windows offsets the greater heat loss of the windows, but there is another reason. This can cause moisture in the air to condense out onto the window.

Will a double radiator make room warmer?

The longer the panel, the more surface area there is for the radiator to emit heat. Therefore, a radiator with a double panel of the same dimensions as a single panel radiator will give off more heat, as the total surface area is greater.

Is it OK to turn off radiators in unused rooms?

And it’s not a good idea to turn a radiator off permanently in an unused room, as this can lead to damp and mould. Leave them on low instead, and close the doors.

What should you not put in front of radiator?

That being said, there are still some things that should not be placed in front of radiators wherever possible.

  • Curtains. Curtains should be long enough to cover your window, but not long enough that they hang over your radiators.
  • Lamps.
  • Sofa.
  • Bookshelf.
  • Bed.

What radiator gives out the most heat?

Aluminium radiators
Aluminium radiators provide the highest potential BTU output possible. That doesn’t mean that every aluminium radiator has a higher heat output than every steel radiator, for example. But aluminium radiators have the greatest heat output potential of any type.

Does putting heating on stop condensation?

One of the best solutions to condensation is to heat up your home. Central heating is a perfect way to heat your home and stop fluctuating temperatures that cause condensation.

What happens when you put a radiator under a window?

As room air flows over the surface of a window, it will lose heat to the window (and the outside). This can cause moisture in the air to condense out onto the window. In cold enough conditions, the window will accumulate frost or even layers of ice on the inside surface.

Why is the radiator in the middle of the room?

Historically, older windows would be single glazed, and this type of window used to let a lot of cold air into the room. This is one of the reasons the radiator was placed in this location as it would then help counteract the cold air and draft.

Why did the Victorians put radiators under Windows?

The Victorians didn’t have double or triple-glazed windows, so their single glazing would let lots of cold air in, cooling the room down and creating a draught. Therefore, when central heating was becoming more popular in upper class houses, it made sense for the radiators to be placed in the coldest part of the room, beneath the window.

Why do people cover their radiators with curtains?

The other possible reason is that, in most rooms, the space under a window is free from obstruction by furniture; hence the radiator would not be heating up the back of a sofa. Why people cover radiators with long curtains is another question. THE REASON is not one of heat loss, but to cancel out cold draughts.