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Association releases radiator study findings

The Manufacturers Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) has released the findings of a report on the use of radiators as a 21st century heat source.

The report was initiated by Rettig ICC’s research and development team, with support from a range of experts from Finland, Germany and Sweden.

Results highlighted by MARC include:
• Due to their flexibility, steel panel radiators and convectors are the best way of introducing energy-efficient heat generators into existing properties, with renovation and retro-fit accounting for in excess of 90% of the UK and other major western European markets.
• Steel panel radiators work well with low water temperatures, making them an ideal choice for eco-conscious developers and home owners.
• Steel panel radiators have quick reactions to temperature control, with small heat losses, meaning efficiency is not lost with long heat-up times. This is a benefit of the lower thermal mass of steel panel radiators.
• The total energy efficiency of steel panel radiator-heated buildings is excellent.

MARC chairman John Colling said: “In excess of 85% of UK homes have steel panel radiators as the primary source of heat emission.

“I have no doubt that when these need replacing, it will be by radiators, not only steel panels, but the growing ranges of more fashionable and aspirational decorative radiators on the market.

“This is due to the flexibility, reaction time, energy efficiency and comfort provided by a properly fitted, system and the ability for manufacturers to meet the style demands of modern consumers.”