1. Home

Discuss in my forum

What is a Hot Water Radiator?


Hot Water Radiator

Hot Water Radiator

Public Domain: Nat'l Park Service
Question: What is a Hot Water Radiator?
There are two basic types of water-based radiators: the steam radiator or the hot water radiator.
Answer: Hot-water radiators can look either like the conventional, "stand-up" radiators, as depicted here, or like the low, out-of-sight baseboard heaters.

The benefit of any type of water-based radiator is that it is very cost-effective and does not deliver dry, heated air to the rooms, as does a forced-air system. Unlike steam radiators, hot water radiators do not have the added benefit of increasing the humidity in the rooms--often a necessity in dry winter months.

Hot water radiators can be either the one-pipe or two-pipe system. In the one-pipe system, hot water leaves the furnace and moves in a continuous loop, returning back to the furnace as cooler water. This cooler water is re-heated and sent out on its journey again. The two-pipe system moves hot water to the radiators in one pipe and returns it to the boiler in another pipe.

Related Video
Install a Kitchen Sink Water Purifier
How To Patch Large Holes in Drywall
  1. About.com
  2. Home
  3. Home Renovations
  4. Heating and Cooling
  5. Hot Water Radiator - Hot Water Radiators - What is Hot Water Radiator

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.