Radiator manufacturer Dimplex is expanding its portfolio of low carbon heating solutions with the launch of SmartRad, a range of wall-mounted fan convector radiators.
These offer a cost effective and energy efficient alternative to underfloor heating or conventional radiators for heat pump systems.
The SmartRad range performs at water temperatures as low as 40deg C, making it ideal for use with heat pumps as part of a complete renewable energy system. For properties with condensing boilers, the lower flow temperatures allow the boiler to operate in its most effective range.
SmartRad is compatible with optional plug-in 24-hour or seven-day programmers. The range is available in four sizes, with nominal outputs ranging from 0.8kW to 1.8kW. However, with the flexibility of significant output variations based on fan speed and water flow temperature, the range spans applications from 0.4kW to 5kW.
Designed for modern domestic interiors, SmartRad is comes in a stylish twist to the classic metal radiator design. Elegant white or black glass finishes will be added to the range shortly.
SmartRad contains less than three percent of the water volume of a conventional steel radiator and its low thermal mass makes it very responsive, with a room warm-up time around four times faster than a conventional radiator with comparable output. It also responds quickly to changes in room temperature from incidental heat gains, for example from solar gain.
Integral electronic thermostatic control gives automatic control over fan speed output and room temperature stability. As the room temperature nears the desired point, fan speed is reduced and the ambient temperature closely monitored to an accuracy of within one degree Celsius, minimising wasteful temperature overshoot and drift.