With such a variety of radiator materials on the market, it can be tough to narrow your search. From stainless steel and cast iron to aluminium, the material you choose can greatly impact your heating bills.

In this blog, we explore the benefits of an aluminium radiator so you can decide whether it’s the right choice for your home.

How does an aluminium radiator differ from other types of radiators?

The main difference between aluminium radiators and other types of radiators is that aluminium is a stronger and more durable material. Thanks to its malleable properties, you are able to find a wide range of aluminium radiators in different sizes, models and designs. However, some aluminium radiators may be less robust than stainless steel radiators.

One of the major deciding factors when choosing the right radiator is how well it can conduct heat and its energy usage. Aluminium radiators are often considered to have the highest heat output of any other radiator materials while maintaining low energy usage. This is mainly because aluminium radiators use less water than other radiators.

Aluminium maintains its lightness and weighs less compared to other materials. This could be beneficial if you plan to take your radiator with you if you move house. It would also be easier to adjust its placement or move it into a different room.

Advantages of Aluminium Radiators

  1. Energy efficient: Aluminium radiators are able to give off the same amount of heat as a steel or cast iron radiator, but using less water. This means they use less energy while in use. So although they may be slightly more expensive, you can expect a long-term money saving benefit.
  2. Lightweight construction: Aluminium is a lightweight material that can be placed on any type of wall. The installation process will be much simpler, cheaper and faster.
  3. Quick heat conduction: An aluminium radiator heats up your environment much faster than any other radiator. Aluminium is an excellent conductor of heat allowing it to reach a high temperature in a short space of time.
  4. Durability and sustainability: Aluminium is an environmentally friendly and recycled material. The material is also strong, durable and corrosion resistant, making it ideal for radiators.

Types of Aluminium Radiators

Panel radiators

If you’re looking for a simple design that has a minimalist look, opt for a panel radiator. Aluminium double panel radiators allow you to take advantage of the extra wall space and heat output. The Chic Aluminium is a horizontal radiator that comes in a range of colours and finishes to suit your space.

For smaller rooms with limited space, vertical aluminium radiators work well. We recommend the Sebino, a new high-quality design from one of Italy’s leading aluminium radiator manufacturers.

Column radiators

If you love a classic column design but want the benefits of modern aluminium radiators, The Ekos 95 is the perfect choice. It combines the traditional style of a column radiator with the benefits of aluminium – high heat outputs from low water content, light and stylish.

Designer radiators

Designer aluminium radiators allow you to express your style and choose a funky design for your room. Our aluminium radiators come in a range of designs and styles, from standard models such as the Decoral and Vela to modern aluminium radiator designs like Tonda and the Cortina.

Towel radiators

A towel radiator works wonders to heat up your bathroom or kitchen and they are an excellent heating solution thanks to their resistance to corrosion. A standing aluminium towel radiator is an even better choice due to its versatility. Our Scaletta Floor Standing towel rail comes with a temperature regulator and an optional shelf to place beauty products or a small diffuser.

Aluminium Radiators Maintenance and Care Tips

Cleaning and upkeep

You need to keep your radiator clean by regularly dusting it and ensuring no debris collects, especially in any vents or valves. Excess dirt and dust can affect the heat output. You also need to keep the insides clean by flushing it out – you might want to hire a professional for this but flushing your radiators is only required every 5 years or so.

Checking for leaks and damages

While cleaning your radiator, you may want to inspect it for any leaks. Look for visible cracks, dents, or signs of corrosion on the radiator and connections. If you suspect any damage or leaks, get a professional opinion. If necessary, they can perform a pressure test to identify any hidden leaks in the system.

Bleeding the radiators

Bleeding your radiator is a vital process when it comes to good radiator maintenance. If you find that your radiator has cold spots or it’s not heating up evenly, there may be air trapped inside. Bleeding your radiator is a simple fix that will solve this problem and you might see your energy bills go down afterward. If you’re unsure where to start, we’ve written a comprehensive guide on how to bleed your radiator. You can also pop into one of The Radiator Centre showrooms to pick up a free radiator key to get started!

Troubleshooting common issues

  • Uneven heating: This could indicate air pockets, clogged pipes, or a malfunctioning pump. Check for these issues or consult a professional.
  • Cold radiator: There might be a leak, blocked valve, or insufficient coolant. Investigate the cause and address it accordingly.
  • Noisy radiator: Gurgling sounds can indicate air pockets, while knocking sounds might suggest loose parts. Bleed the radiator or tighten loose components.

Best Aluminium Radiators UK

You won’t go wrong if you invest in an aluminium radiator as your heating system. From its highly conductive thermal energy to its high heat output and reduced energy consumption, aluminium is one of the best materials for a radiator.

Visit one of our six showrooms and have a look at our designer aluminium radiators in person or if you’re ready to make a purchase, head to our shop!