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By Meguinness
#6062
Hi guys I finally decided to replace all the radiators at home, very old cast iron radiators. They are all 400 x1000 , and wanting to replace them with DOUBLE-PANEL PLUS SINGLE CONVECTOR RADIATORS...., My question is .. can I get them smaller than the current radiators but still gaining better performance then the old cast irons ? How smaller can I go and still getting better heat in the rooms,? Thanx
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By REDSAW
#6063
hi,

the iron rad for the same size new rad will be about the same as the panel withought the convector attached-the new one will give a little more btu as its thinner metal.

1000x 400 is quite small for any room as 1000x 600 is the norm. However, you will have 2 radiators in the K+ giving you 400x2000 effective panel. with the addition of the convector it will also provide more heat output.

A 400 x 600 with one convector fin will provide an overall panel approx equivelance of 400x1400 compared to your old rads.

the right way to do it of course is to re-calculate your BTU rating for the house & room and apps available online easy enough to use then use the requirement to cross check what rad to purchase.

Taking all that into concideration and the fact you will need to adjust pipe feeds anyway, why not go for 400x800 k2's with trv's?. last thing you will want is under-performing heat output!
http://www.simplifydiy.com/plumbing-and ... le%20panel
its been a long day ;)
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By Best
#6064
The OP has confused old steel rads with cast iron.
I noticed same thread elsewhere.
I can’t see you would need the rads smaller, given the old rads are very small?
Best getting a heating installer to do the calculations and perhaps new rads could be chosen to be as close to the existing pipes distance apart and out from wall.

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