Recent research carried out by the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) indicated that 20 per cent of homeowners still have radiators in their homes which do not have convectors.
MARC estimates that this suggests there are 4.9 million homes using finless products.
There could be as many as 24.5 million inefficient radiators that need replacing in the UK, according to Quinn Radiators managing director Nick Whitwell, who is urging installers to take advantage of this up-selling opportunity when replacing boilers or carrying out heating maintenance work.
Advances in welding techniques saw the introduction of convector fins to radiators back in the 1980s.
Now most modern radiators have fins on the back, or between the panels if it is a double. This has enabled smaller radiators to be used as the fins vastly increase the surface area available for giving off heat, Mr Whitwell points out.
He explains: “If you take a conservative estimate that each of the 4.9 million homes has five radiators, then the MARC research suggests that there could be as many as 24.5 million old steel panel radiators that need replacing, which would help to significantly improve the energy efficiency of these homes.
“This represents a real opportunity for installers who can educate consumers about the energy saving benefits of new radiators.”