PANEL HEATER is a term that refers to a heater that is usually rectangular in shape and mounted on a wall. There are many panel heater varieties on the market today and the LVI range is considered to be one of the most efficient and high quality models available
Panel heaters can be grouped by the way in which they transfer their heat into a room. This can be done by Radiaton or Convection.
Radiators are utilising the surface area of the panel to transfer the heat into the room. Therefore the amount of surface area and the way the heat is dispersed across the panel are very important factors in determining how efficient the heater is.
Radiators can be heated by electricity or water. Water models are classed as Hydronic. Whilst hydronic heaters give the same soft heat as an LVI radiator, there are some advantages with the LVI type of radiator compared to hydronic type heaters. These include:
- Lower Installation cost
- No pipes involved, no water leaks possible
- No boiler required.
- No pump or pump maintenance.
- House construction will determine if hydronic can be installed, LVI is suitabel for all house types.
LVI radiators do not use a fan so all the power used in converted into heat. This gives maximum efficiency and value for money.
LVI radiators have a full steel panel with extra fins at the back to maximise the surface area that will radiate the heat.
LVI radiators are filled internally with vegetable oil that disperses the heat evenly across the surface area to maximise the heat dispersed into the room.
The air in your room does not come into contact with the heating element and therefore LVI radiators do not create smell or burn dust.
LVI is a specialist in the manufacture of electric radiators and sells millions of radiators acroos Europe and Scandinavia.
Convection heaters rely on air passing the element to disperse the heat into the room. There is no storage effect of a convector type panel so the construction is often light and flimsy.
Some disadvantages of convector type heaters on the market can be:
- Surface area can be to hot to touch, possible to burn skin.
- Some models not safe in areas children are present.
- Convectors usually require a fan to be effective. This pushes the hot air to the ceiling first and it can take longer to heat the room. Heat has to work it way down to where you live.
- Dust in the air can burn on the element causing smell.
- Dust is blown around the room causing problems for allergy sufferes.
- Construction of many models on the market are weak and damage easily if contacted.
- Higher cleaning maintenance required.
LVI Radaitor advantages compared to convectors:
- No noise
- No smell
- No dust
- Soft heat
- Elegant design
- Quality construction.
- Easy installation