As one of the most ductile metals with low density and capable of resisting corrosion, aluminum makes a great material to use in various consumer and industrial products. But of all the modern-world products and inventions in which aluminum made a great material, it is in the production of aluminum radiators that it was able to make a great contribution in making our working and living environment a comfortable place. Aluminum radiators play a significant role in providing a quality work environment for the people in office spaces, industrial workplace and commercial buildings. Aluminum’s resistance to humidity makes it a great material to use in aluminum radiators than the other metals, and enables aluminum radiators to work very efficiently with little maintenance needs. Also, aluminum has the natural quality of being immune from corrosion and friction. This character of the metal makes the Aluminum radiators very reliable, durable and sturdy in the long run. Although they can be a bit expensive, aluminum radiators are the number one choice in home heating system and that is why many homeowners prefer aluminum radiators. Its ductile quality enables it to be easily shape and mould, as well as be painted to match the color and design of the aluminum radiator to that of the place in which they will be mounted.
With construction methods and quality control advancing in leaps and bounds it’s no wonder modern heating systems are so reliable and given close inspection it’s plain to see the care and attention to detail taken in the manufacturing process. With such demanding lifestyles we need heat on demand and the latest household systems feature fully integrated computer controlled boilers and thermostats which provide hot water and heat the home. Using aluminum the designer ranges of radiators offer so many different options for the consumer with inspiration drawn from many different avenues. The aluminum finish shows off the intricate construction to great effect and being a popular material it fits in well with current home furnishing trends. This is a far cry from the traditional radiators invented in America by William Baldwin which whilst advanced in their day look positively archaic nowadays. Taste is subjective and what suits one person doesn’t suit another, but with manufacturers and suppliers offering such a huge range of radiators it’s unlikely you won’t find something to suit you. One of the great things about aluminum radiators is their responsiveness and the control that gives you. Quality and value for money are foremost in most of our minds and with many of the top selling models being manufactured in either the UK or Europe, quality is guaranteed. Precision engineering needn’t cost the earth and in fact you may well be surprised as to how affordable modern central heating systems actually are. Compared to cast iron and stainless steel, aluminum is a super conductor.
They are stylish design, a non rusting and carry a 20 year guarantee. Aluminum central heating radiators are attractive not only due to their appearance but also thanks to their excellent characteristics. Suitable for Low Temperature Heating systems, particularly heat pumps. The individual sections are made by aluminum pressure die casting. The material guarantees excellent thermal properties, a high anti-corrosion resistance and a low weight. The two-layer epoxy lacquer finish has almost unlimited lifetime. The maximum working temperature is 110°C. Central heating Aluminum Radiators of various dimensions and outputs can be assembled from the sections as desired. In case of abrupt climate changes or particularly cold winters, an installation made with aluminum radiators can fulfill the extra demand without difficulty and also adapt equally quickly to temperature changes caused by heat from other sources, (sunlight, lamps, appliances, printers, etc.). Under equal conditions, the time necessary to take a room to the ideal temperature will differ depending on the type of system because the aluminum radiators respond more rapidly than steel and cast iron, while radiating panels take much longer. Installation of a system with aluminum radiators prevents needless waste of energy and money. Care should be taken in setting the temperature: the ideal temperature is 20 degrees. A study published in "Altro consumo" shows that every additional degree means raising the heating bill by almost 8%. The savings derive from the particular features of aluminum heating elements such as their ability to respond rapidly to changes in room temperature, permitting easy and immediate regulation of the temperature in every room and adapting quickly to the needs of the user.
Aluminum has been used for a little over a hundred years, so compared with iron or steel, it can be considered a relatively "new" metal. With its excellent technical features and low weight, aluminum succeeded in imposing itself on modern industrial society, replacing traditional metals to a large extent so is now used by many companies in the manufacture of the widest variety of products for mass consumption.
Aluminum is ideal for the production of heating elements because it is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. Its thermal conductivity is 209.3 W/mK and it has extraordinary characteristics of resistance to pressure.
The popularity of aluminum radiators has soared in the last 3-4 years as their benefits are increasingly recognized:
Low thermal inertia
Quality of the heat
Environmental concerns. The secondary aluminum alloy EN AB-46100 is used today because of its excellent metallurgical and mechanical properties and for its resistance to corrosion. It is 100% recyclable.
Reduced water content. Reducing the water content in the system and radiators, proved to be a factor that is often overlooked, but which has important consequences in lower heating bills. Therefore, over the years, the radiators were developed towards the reduction of water content.
Light weight. Aluminum is a light metal, so it is definitely an advantage to reduce assembly time for installation. Aluminum alloy has a specific weight of 2.7 kg / dm3 , while ferrous metal (steel / iron) specific weight is7.8 kg / dm 3. In the same power range, aluminum radiators are much lighter than steel or cast iron radiators.
Low temperature. The aluminum radiator characterized by a low water content, large heat exchange area and low thermal inertia, works best with low temperature systems.
Resistance to corrosion. The painting operation is preceded by specific multi-layer treatments that give the inner surface excellent resistance to corrosion. Aluminum has its own protection against corrosion through its physical and chemical composition, so the protection provided by aluminum oxide in the water passage chamber, reaches a thickness of 31 microns, which enable it to resist attack from sludge, sand, etc.
Modularity. Aluminum Radiators are extremely versatile, as they are supplied pre-assembled with a battery system practical nipple, making it possible to add or reduce the number of components necessary. The number of items can always be adjusted, both during the installation of new systems, or when altering existing installations.
Finishing. The painting procedure used for radiators is the most reliable and satisfactory available today, also simplifies routine maintenance and cleaning, without requiring any additional costly operations after installation. The actual painting procedure is using zirconium fluoride. Before painting procedure, the manufacturers ensures that the radiators are clean on the inside and outside and this is fundamental for best operation, as well as protecting them from corrosion at the sites where the radiators are installed.
Reduced size. There is a wide range of styles and sizes of aluminum radiators to choose from. Its sectional design means that it can be assembled in a range of sizes to meet the heat output requirement of any room quickly and effectively, equally applicable to the business or home premises.
Energy savings and a rapid, effective system. The aluminum radiators are heating up three times faster than ordinary steel panel radiators or cast iron radiators. The rapid heat leads to significant saving in energy and a welcome reduction in heating bills. It also provides a more even temperature and greater comfort.
Excellent heat conductivity. The convective movement that distributes heat in the room is generated when air is heated in contact with the walls of the heating elements, becomes lighter and starts to rise.