For this reason they are often found in bathrooms where the convector enables warm air to circulate a little quicker than other radiators. Warm air circulation in the bathroom is important as this helps eliminate condensation.
Instead of a single skin the convector radiator is often a triple unit with a fine metal set of fins that heat quickly as the hot water passes through the main body. This means that although the radiator looks small on the wall it is actually as efficient as conventional larger ones.
Property values in London and a number of other cities have been rocketing in recent years and satisfying the demand for living space is increasingly difficult.
Larger house are bought by developers and turned into smaller one and two bedroom apartments. And rather depressingly this is why brewers having realised the value of big old Victorian pubs have been selling them off to property developers.
There is an art to creating comfortable and compact living areas without overloading available space.
This means that many of these conversions install nothing but compact radiators in all the rooms and not just the bathroom.
If the apartment is small and well insulated then electric radiators may be just as cost effective as a mains gas hot water central heating system.
Apart from anything else electric radiators are silent although it should be said that convector radiators that run on hot water are also quieter than other radiators.
This type of radiator is able to heat up faster than most other types and it is reported that one set of offices in the City having replaced conventional radiators with these noticed a 15% energy saving.
The convector compact radiator certainly heats the room faster and reaches the required thermostatically set temperature before conventional radiators. This is because it is effectively radiating and as well as operating with convector heat.