Despite the huge selection of heating appliances,in most of the new apartment buildings install the batteries of the standard model, and what can we say about the old apartments with Soviet batteries "accordion". Not always there is an opportunity and expediency to change batteries on more modern, and appearance of old can not be entered in an interior after repair. In this case, we recommend that you pay attention to the screens for the heating batteries. Screens (gratings) for radiators in the interiorperform not only a decorative function, hiding ugly and cumbersome heating appliances, but also can protect children or animals. This is especially true in families with young children who have just started walking, as well as in children's institutions, polyclinics, gyms, where the presence of screens is mandatory. The danger for the baby is not only the hot surface of the radiator, but also the corners (ribs), because accidental impact on them can lead to serious injury. In apartments, decorative screens for radiators play, in the main, an aesthetic role, especially if cast-iron batteries are installed at home. With proper selection, the screens can also direct the flow of warm air in the desired direction, which will significantly increase the efficiency of heating the room.
How to choose screens for heating batteries
When choosing a grille for a radiator, it is important to be guided by such criteria:
- The screen should not degrade heat exchange;
- the adjustment valves must be freely accessible;
- The screen should be removed quickly and easily in the event of an accident;
- If there is any doubt about the reliability of the radiator attachment, choose a light grille model.
Types of decorative screens
By design, screens can be divided into the following groups:
- Flat screen that covers only the front of the battery;
- a hinged screen without a cover or with a lid;
- The hinged screen is a box that covers the radiator from all sides.
If the battery is not built into the niche and protrudeswall, it is better to choose the screen in the form of a box or purchase hinged screens, with or without a lid. The latter, unlike the box, look more easily and do not clutter up space. Hinged screens with a lid or box can also beUse as an original cradle or stand, especially in the summer. In the heating season, do not force the lid with objects to prevent the warm air from rising, nor to provoke the heating of standing objects, especially if they are made of plastic. In case the radiator is already recessed in a niche underwindow, then a flat panel, both hinged and mobile, on the legs, is suitable. Such an easy design perfectly copes with decorative functions and does not occupy a useful area. According to the material of manufacture screens are:
- combined (VLA and metal, HDF and glass, wood and metal, etc.)
Metal screens for heating batteries
Metal grilles for batteries are made fromaluminum or steel plate with perforations. Perforation can be made both in the form of ordinary mesh, and in the form of openwork patterns and ornaments, which gives the screen a special style and chic. As a rule, a standard metal screen has a low cost, but the price of stainless steel models with non-standard perforation can reach considerable sums. Metal grilles have excellent heat dissipation, they are easy to install and easy to clean, they can easily be wiped with a damp cloth and even washed under a stream of running water, they do not deform from prolonged exposure to high temperatures and do not change color. The metal grilles fit well into the interior instyle minimalism, hi-tech, flax or industrial, that is, in rooms where there are metal decor and accents. Otherwise, steel gratings will be disharmonized with the surrounding environment.
Wooden grilles for radiators
Such screens are perfect for any type ofbatteries. Decorative grilles are made from natural wood of different breeds, from oak or beech to valuable and expensive varieties. Especially popular are the lattices of rattan - dried stems of tropical liana. Carved patterns, the ability to cover the wood with lacquer-colored materials allow creating unique screens for batteries. The main advantages of wooden screens can be called good heat transfer, natural materials and environmental safety, aesthetic appearance that will fit organically into almost any interior with wooden furniture and accessories, from classics to avant-garde styles. But it is worthwhile to know that wooden gratings have a higher cost than metal grills, and also require careful care by special means for wood and may deform with time.
Screens from MDF and HDF, combined
MDF and HDF are sheet materials of medium (MDF -Middle Density Fiberboard) or high (HDF - High Density Fiberboard) density, which is made by pressing small wood fibers under pressure and heating. Compared to wood, this is a cheaper option. As a rule, a box is made of sheets, and the screen itself is made of a wooden or rattan net. It is important to remember that if the stack is tight and has few holes, then the heat transfer will suffer, so with due consideration, refer to the selection of the mesh screen material. In the same category can be attributed combinations of different materials: a box of wood, and a grid of rattan or glass, a box of acrylic glass, and a grid of metal and so on.
Glass screens for batteries
Glass screens are relatively rarely usedin the interior, although they have great decorative features. Such a screen can become an exquisite accessory, a strong accent in the interior and a unique element of decor. Screens are made of tempered glass not more than 8 mm thick. Special treatment of glass makes it resistant to damage and scratches, and the corners are rounded and safe. Nevertheless, in families with active small children it makes sense to use wooden or metal grilles. The screen of glass can be cleaned with any means for washing windows. It has good heat exchange, but in some cases this criterion may be inferior to models from other materials and with perforations. Glass screens are made, as a rule, in the form of solid panels. The cost of stained glass panels is high, although there is a more budget option - acrylic glass. But the glass screens amaze with a variety of decorative design. Numerous techniques of working with glass allow creating unique images, patterns, stained glass and texture, from photo printing to film stained glass.
Plastic grilles for radiators
Plastic screens are the cheapest of all kinds,but also the most insecure. Under the influence of high temperature low-grade plastic can release harmful substances into the air, produce an unpleasant odor and deform. And, as a rule, plastic screens do not differ in the variety of decorative design. So if there is no money for a quality screen of safe materials, it is best to leave the battery in the clear. When choosing screens for heating batteries, be sure topay attention to the manufacturer, certification and compliance with standards. Do not pay attention only to external parameters, because the safety and health of the family is more important than how the screen fits the color of the walls or floor. By the way, we recommend you to choose a good and high quality floor covering in the online store http://contractpol.com.ua/category/juteks_v9/. The choice of linoleum, carpet, sports and wooden flooring will pleasantly surprise you. We hope that our brief review will help you determine the screen for the battery. And for now a few photos of different types of screens in the interior: