Modern homes demand modern heating solutions, and old-fashioned single-panel radiators are sadly lacking on many counts. As well as taking up an excess of valuable wall space, traditional radiators are inefficient in terms of radiating heat into a room. Their convection performance also leaves much to be desired, which is less than useful, because convection is the way that radiators produce the most heat, despite the name!
Easier to Fit
Compact designs are easier to fit into modern rooms. Now that the average new build is only 76 square metres, space is at a premium, and the old designs that sacrificed wall space indiscriminately to increase exposed surface area are inappropriate. Compact radiators, on the other hand, feature modern space-saving designs. As well as increasing surface area by providing another double-sided panel, compact radiators have more heat-maximising tricks available.
The double panel design encourages a column of warm air to form in the middle of the radiator, which drives convection currents and heats the room much more quickly. Many designs also feature convector fins in this space, further increasing the amount of heat that can be transferred into the room over a short space of time. This means that this type of radiator can emit more than double the British Thermal Units (BTUs) of comparable single radiators, making it measurably more cozy.