Home Radiators are devices that transfer thermal energy for the purpose of reducing or increasing nearby temperatures. For home applications, Home Radiators are used to heat different kind of rooms to a comfortable temperature in times of cold weather. This is usually done by pumping hot water or hot liquid through the radiator via a hot water heater or a antifreeze liquid heater.
Home Radiators are most often found in the corner of a room, under the windows or along a wall, usually on the most cold wall. They consist of a sealed metal container that is connected to a hot water heater by way of pipe. When turned on, hot water is forced into the metal container. The hot water warms the metal of the radiator, which in turn radiates heat into the room, increasing nearby temperatures. Over time, the water in the radiator will cool, causing it to sink to the bottom of the radiator and drain out through a pipe. As this happens, new hot water is pumped in, ensuring long-term effectiveness.
Even though Home Radiators are considered outdated by many, they do have obvious advantages over newer systems. Chief among the benefits is improved energy efficiency and reduced maintenance. As such, lower energy and repair bills may outweigh the convenience of centralized heating systems for some home owners.
Though maintenance for Home Radiators is minimal, a yearly inspection of the unit and connected pipes is suggested by many manufacturers. The most important thing to look for is gas leaks near the water heater, which not only increase your gas bill, but could also be physically harmful. After checking for gas leaks, it is recommended that all home radiators be "bled" once a year. This involves removing a bleed screw in the top of the radiator to allow trapped air to escape out of the unit for a half an hour and than mount it back.
Many people turn off their radiator furnace in the summer months. However, many experts suggest leaving the furnace on year-round. While this may result in a slightly higher gas bill as a result of keeping the pilot light lit, it also reduces the stress exerted on the heating coupler. Replacing the heating coupler will likely cost more than the additional few dollars on your gas bill. So, it is cheaper if you keep it turned on all the time.