Cast Iron Radiators FAQ
Should cast iron
radiators be replaced with a modern heating system such as forced
air or baseboard?
No! Cast iron radiators
providing steam or hot water heat are the most efficient, quietest
and most comfortable of all heating systems. Converting to a more
“modern” method is costly, results in less comfort, and increases
The worst choice is
baseboard heating because convection is up to 30% less effective
than radiator heating, requiring higher water temperatures plus more
BTUs and fuel to deliver the same amount of heat. Baseboard systems
often require replacement because of overloading. (If you have cast
iron radiators, count your blessings!)
Why should I buy a radiator cover from you, instead of Lowe's, Home
Depot, or another "big box" store?
specializes exclusively in radiator covers. Our mission is to
understand the needs of customers who are fortunate enough to have
cast iron radiators and want them to be as efficient as possible,
and look great doing it! We work with interior designers and
consumer product specialists to make sure the styles of our radiator
covers, the options we offer, and our color selections reflect the
taste of America's homeowners. We also manufacture exclusively in
the US. We work hard to fill orders quickly, and to keep costs low.
This easy-to-use tool shows you how easy it is to calculate the cost
of your radiator covers, so you can decide whether to order.
Why aren’t cast iron
radiators used in new homes?
The reason is cost.
Manufacturing and installing a cast iron radiator today would cost
thousands of dollars more than the less efficient systems installed
by today’s home builders.
Does a cast iron
radiator system have to be removed for central air conditioning?
No. Today’s central air
systems allow you to keep the efficient heating of your cast iron
radiator while enjoying lower installation costs for air
Does a decorative
radiator cover “choke off” heat, or cause heat to be wasted?
No. A decorative
radiator enclosure will deliver more useful heat energy and reduce
radiator heat loss. All of the heat from your radiator remains in
the room, and due to the radiator grill design, the heat is
projected into the comfort zone, where it’s needed.
Does a decorative radiator grill take up a lot of space?
from Beautiful Radiators .com take up about 1” on all sides.
Why shouldn’t a
decorative radiator grill be made from wood?
Because wood is an
insulator and contributes to radiator heat loss. It also dries out,
curls, splits and warps over time when exposed to constant heat.
Wooden frames and supports also take up far more space than radiator
enclosures from Beautiful Radiators .com
I noticed that the
decorative radiator grill enclosures have a solid top panel.
Why shouldn’t the top be louvered or open?
Because heat would then
flow directly up the wall to the ceiling, rather than into the room.
This will absolutely cause radiator heat loss!
Does a decorative
radiator grill get dirty?
No more than other
furniture. And, our radiator enclosures are protected by a durable
long-wearing, powder coated finish so they can easily be dusted or
cleaned with mild detergent and water.
I just paint my cast iron radiator?
Each coat of paint
increases heat loss. Metallic paints are the worst – efficiency
losses range from 10% to 20%, depending on the paint and how it’s
I saw on
your color selector that colors were all-new. Why is that a selling
point for a decorative radiator grill for an older home?
In the US, consumer
color preferences show up first on automobiles, then home
appliances. By studying and using this information in choosing our
six standard powder coated colors, we’re able to provide radiator
enclosures in the six most-desirable, most versatile – and most
neutral – colors.
These colors were
chosen specifically to be in harmony with the special architecture
of old homes, and with décor and furnishings of all styles.
from Beautiful Radiators .com are easy to order, easy to assemble.
Beautiful Radiators .com manufactures enclosures for cast iron
radiators in all sizes! Unlimited custom colors, too!