Glass Radiators - What are Glass Radiators and Towel Rails and When you Should Consider Using Them

Summary: Glass radiators and glass towel rails - What are they, when you should use them and the advantages of fitting glass radiators in your home. Learn all about using glass radiators or towel rails, how to fit them yourself and factors that you should consider when choosing a glass radiator or towel rail. You can also get bespoke designer radiators which make an impressive statement.

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The world is bursting with new ideas nowadays including designing your own radiators and even radiators which look like mirrors. Take a look at the information below to make your home a very exiting place to be.

Radiator

Radiator

Towel Rail

Towel Rail

Imagine you could reinvent the radiator. What about if you could make a radiator become a real work of art, (even design your own) while giving outstanding warmth and efficiency. Perfect in any setting whether it is at home or in the office, the SGG THERMOVIT® ELEGANCE is that radiator. Full details of the design are available on the glassradiator.co.uk website. With clear, printed and mirrored versions to choose from you will easily find the ideal radiator for you.

Clear glass - No wires or moving parts:

  • Relocatable, not part of a complete heating system
  • Ideal for style, or where you have problems fitting conventional radiators
  • Completely new to the UK
  • Slimline control box, very small
  • Just plug into existing electrical socket
  • Floor mounted or wall mounted
  • Controllable or non-controllable
  • Contemporary design
  • Supplied with 2m of cable

The non-controllable radiators are set to a temperature at the factory and are either on or off and run at 65°C which is the same as a normal household radiator. The controllable radiators work off a temperature controller which would be situated in a room and the temperature required for the room would be set on the controller. The controller can control up to 50 radiators in one area up to around 20 meters away.

Low installation costs

The installation costs of the SGG THERMOVIT® ELEGANCE glass radiator systems are extremely low compared to conventional heating systems. The costs are merely your own, since you do not need a professional to install it for you.

No maintenance costs

SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiators incur no maintenance costs whatsoever, unlike many other glass or oil-based heating systems. The glass radiator itself has no working parts of any kind, which normally would need servicing with time.

Easy to relocate

You can take your complete SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE heating system with you when you move house. The ideal room heating system can move with you, without any additional costs.

Low purchase price

The purchase price of the SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE heating system is low compared to conventional gas or oil-based central heating systems.

Combinable with renewable energy sources

Renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaics or wind power, combined with the ideal efficiency of SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiators, make it an environmentally friendly alternative to existing heating systems. You'll also benefit from lower energy consumption costs.

Are there glass radiators that can be plumbed in to a normal Central heating system?

Glass radiators you can design yourself

Glass radiators you can design yourself

Yes there are. Even better than that, you can design your own glass radiators and then plumb them in ! Take a look at the ArtGlass image on the left. These glass radiators are designed to be easily fitted into your existing central heating system. There are several ranges of ArtGlass radiator to chose from but if you cannot find a design you like you can design your own. Just provide an image and your very own radiator will be made for you. The front panels for ArtGlass radiators are removable so you can have a different design every week.

ArtGlass radiators can be used to match any existing decoration and can easily be used as the focal centre of any room.

Optimal energy use

Thanks to the remote control system of SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiators, you do not waste any energy unnecessarily. The radiator uses the exact amount of energy required to reach the desired room temperature. Four different heating programs ensure that the system is only running when you need it, thus saving a lot of energy.

No fuel storage

With SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE, there's no need to store fuel, such as oil or wood, at your inconvenience and risk (average oil tank manufacturer guarantee: two years).

What is the electrical power consumption on the highest output level in continuous operation?

When in continuous operation for one hour, the electric energy consumption on the highest output level is:

Size Max Power Energy Consumption
600 x 400mm 240W 0,24kWh
1000 x 500mm 500W 0,50kWh
1200 x 600mm 720W 0.72kWh
1500 x 700mm 1050W l,05kWh

Are there any wear parts on the SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator?

No. There are no wear parts on the radiator whatsoever.

Can I get an electric shock if the glass breaks?

No. The glass panes are held together through the PVB foil between the panes even if the glass breaks. Furthermore the breakage cuts off the conductive layer on the glass and thereby the electric circuit.

Is the glass resistant against breakage?

The SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator was tested for possible breakage by an independent institute in cooperation with the technical university of Aachen (RWTH). A pendulum test according to DIN EN 12600 up to a pendulum height of 700mm was successfully carried out without any breakage.

Thermovtt Elegance Model 12/06 Glass Edge

Thermovtt Elegance Model 12/06 Glass Edge

THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE Model 12/06 Glass Edge

Is the SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE available in smaller thicknesses?

For safety reasons the SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE is produced in 2 x 6mm semi-tempered glass. Lower thicknesses are possible but only for bigger quantities. They are not part of the standard product range.

Will there be other screen print designs?

The introduction of new designs is planned for the begriming of 2009. Personalised designs for your glass radiators are possible for bigger quantities (depending on design, size and quantity). The manufacturer can provide more detailed information on demand. You can also now order radiators,manufactured to your own design, which can be plumbed in.

Glass radiator with custom printed design

Glass radiator with custom printed design

Which certifications were done for the glass radiator?

The SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator has been tested by the German TUV Saarland Institite and certified with the TUV/GS mark. In addition, the manufacturer provides the CE declaration of conformity stating that the SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator meets all necessary European standards.

How long is the warranty period for the glass radiator?

The warranty lasts for a period of two years after the day of purchase. Detailed information is given on the last page of the installation manual.

What is the exact principle of operation? How is the heat generated?

The heat is created with an electric conductive layer on the front of the glass within the lamination. Electricity is sent through this layer, generating heat because of the electrical resistance that the electricity has to work against.

What is thermal or infrared radiation?

Infrared radiation, also known as thermal radiation, is a kind of energy transportation through electromagnetic waves. Infrared radiation heats up the objects and are hit independently of the ambient air. The best example for this principle is of the infrared radiation of the sun, which, similar to the glass radiator, is absorbed by all abjects, leading to their warming.

What is convection?

Convection, in this context, describes the heating up of the ambient air - for example, using a heater. The warm air ascends because of its tower density and thereby pushes the cooler air towards the ground. The cooler air is then heated up by the heater and ascends, creating a circulation of air. The circulation of air disperses dust and creates a 'cold-feet-effect' as the cooler air is always pushed towards the bottom of a room.

Does the radiator create any electromagnetic pollution?

The magnetic field created by the radiator is less than the field created by a normal electric light bulb.  

Is it difficult to operate the SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator?

No. with every SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator comes a multilingual operating manual which is a step-by-step guide to control programming.

Does the radiator automatically shut off when it reaches the desired temperature?

The SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator is controlled in connection with the remote control thermostat. The thermostat measures the actual room temperature and compares it with the desired room temperature programmed in. The smaller the difference between the desired and actual temperature, the smaller is the power output of the radiator. When the room temperature reaches the desired temperature the output level is set to zero.

What happens in case the radiator is covered during operation?

Beneath the covered part, the heat accumulates leading to a local temperature peak. For these cases there are two security measures installed to control the box on the reverse side of the radiator. A temperature sensor measures the surface temperature of the glass and an electronic switch shuts off the radiator as soon as the surface temperature rises above 65°C. In the unlikely event that this measure fails, a bimental spring cuts off the electric circuit as soon as 105°C is reached.

NB The manufacturer points out that the radiator shall not be covered at any time. For towel drying please use the towel rail, available in all sizes, developed especially for the SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator.

Glass radiator covered by towel rail

Glass radiator covered by towel rail

Up to what distance does the remote control thermostat operate?

The remote control thermostat of the SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator has an average range of 20m. In case the radiators are located in different rooms it has to be checked if the range is sufficient for the room configuration.

Do I have to use a separate remote control thermostat for every SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator in case there are several radiators in a single household or office?

Every remote control thermostat can control an unlimited number of radiators. Every thermostat has a unique identification number which is saved in the radiator control prior to commissioning (see instruction manual). The remote control thermostat is also fitted with radio noise suppression to eliminate interferences with other appliances. Each control signal can be explicitly identified and allocated. It is therefore possible to establish groups that can, for example, be used in a single room or, in case of different heat requirements, in different rooms. It is necessary to obtain a separate thermostat for each of these rooms.

Is it difficult to install the SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator?

No. With every SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator comes with multilingual installation manual showing a photo of each step of the installation procedure. Therefore everyone can easily install the radiator either on the wall or on the ground.

Can I install the SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator next to a shower (splash water) and is the radiator resistant to humidity?

The SGG THERMOVTT® ELEGANCE glass radiator was checked by the TUV Saarland for it's splash water resistance. It is protected against splash water (IP46), which means that it is not affected by regular splash water or humidity in the bathroom.
NB Electrical appliances generally have to be installed at a minimum distance of 0.6m to the adjacent water supply.

Lo action of the electric cable to the glass radiator.

The control box on the rear of the radiator harbors the microprocessor as well as the transmitter for the communication between processor and thermostat. The attached power cord has a standardised length of 2m. In the remote control version (including microprocessor and transmitter) the depth of the control box is 24.5mm. In the standard version (without microprocessor and transmitter) the depth is only 11mm.

Wall mounting kit dimension.

The overall depth from the wall to the front face of the radiator is 65mm with the wall mounting post projecting a further 10mm beyond the face of the glass.

Stainless steel over fixing

Stainless steel top fixing

Stainless steel under fixing

Stainless steel under fixing

Brass effect floor fixing

Brass effect floor fixing

Stainless steel floor fixing

Stainless steel floor fixing

Towel rail dimensions

The overall depth of the fitting from the wall to the outside edge of the towel rail is approx 120mm.

Can the towel rail also be installed if the radiator is mounted horizontally?

All sizes for horizontal or vertical mounting are available for the towel rail (except 1500mm).

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