How to close the battery in the room so that heat loss is minimal

How to properly hide the radiator:

Rules and Tips

How to mask the bat­tery

  • Pur­chased grilles and pan­els
  • Dry­wall
  • Paint­ing
  • Tex­tile
  • Fur­ni­ture
  • Niche
  • Grid
  • Screen

Pho­tos of screens, grilles, pan­els, cov­ers

Beau­ti­ful­ly mask­ing this part of the room is easy — most of the struc­tures can be installed inde­pen­dent­ly. The main dif­fi­cul­ty lies in their choice. First of all, in the ques­tion of how and with what to close the bat­tery, one must be guid­ed by prac­ti­cal con­sid­er­a­tions. We will tell you what is impor­tant to con­sid­er when choos­ing a screen for a heater.

Technical rules

One of the require­ments is the avail­abil­i­ty of the radi­a­tor. It may leak, it will have to be replaced or repaired. There­fore, it is bet­ter to choose designs that are eas­i­ly removed. It is desir­able that they do not have a fixed mount. Suit­able pads with a hinged door, a slid­ing mech­a­nism. At a min­i­mum, valves, pipe con­nec­tions, ther­mal head and thread­ed con­nec­tions must remain acces­si­ble in the event of a break­down.

The sec­ond impor­tant point is relat­ed to the amount of heat enter­ing the house. Any box reduces it. Espe­cial­ly if it is deaf, com­plete­ly closed on top or has a dense weave. It is bet­ter to choose some­thing more open and not to place the heater too deep. To reduce heat loss, you can put a sol­id screen on the legs, and cut a groove in the mid­dle.

Anoth­er way to com­pen­sate for heat loss is to install a heat-reflect­ing screen behind the bat­tery. For exam­ple, poly­eth­yl­ene foam.

Some more tips

  • Before clos­ing the radi­a­tor, pre­pare it: wash, blow.
  • The dis­tance between the mask­ing struc­ture and the heater should be 35–50 mm.
  • The min­i­mum gap between it and the win­dow sill, as well as the floor is 60–70 mm.

Con­sid­er these rec­om­men­da­tions when choos­ing a dec­o­ra­tive over­lay. After its instal­la­tion, the tem­per­a­ture in the room should not drop by more than 1–1.5 ° C.

How to close the heating battery with your own hands or finished products

First, let’s talk about the most com­mon designs.

Grilles, panels, trims of various materials

They can be attached, mount­ed, home­made or pur­chased. Most often, sev­er­al types of ele­ments are installed:

  • Met­al. Mois­ture-resis­tant, heat-resis­tant prod­ucts that prac­ti­cal­ly do not inter­fere with heat trans­fer. Minus — many mod­els look office, and this will not add com­fort to your home. But you can always find an unusu­al option or order an indi­vid­ual design.
  • Plas­tic. They have the same advan­tages as met­al ones. They are easy to install on your own — it takes a few min­utes. Minus — over time, the mate­r­i­al may dark­en.
  • Wood­en. Nat­ur­al wood looks good even in a sim­ple design, it is envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly. The dis­ad­van­tage is that the mate­r­i­al is quite capri­cious. There is a risk that the prod­uct will dry out or, on the con­trary, swell from mois­ture.
  • MDF, HDF (Fibre­board). They are heat-resis­tant, easy to install, fit into any room except the bath­room. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, such grat­ings do not tol­er­ate pro­longed con­tact with water. There­fore, if an acci­dent occurs, the con­se­quences must be removed very quick­ly.

There are also glass screens for radi­a­tors. They look very nice in a mod­ern inte­ri­or, add airi­ness to it, they are easy to wash. On sale there are lacon­ic mod­els, and dec­o­rat­ed with a pat­tern. This is a great solu­tion from a dec­o­ra­tive point of view, but con­tro­ver­sial from a prac­ti­cal point of view. Such a pan­el is dif­fi­cult to remove, not easy to install, and most impor­tant­ly, it eats up 40–50% of heat. A good option for apart­ments that are too hot.

Anoth­er mate­r­i­al from which screens are made is arti­fi­cial rat­tan. This is a mesh woven from cel­lu­lose fibers with the addi­tion of a nylon thread. It can be paint­ed, it is durable, beau­ti­ful. The dis­ad­van­tage is that it is not suit­able for rooms with high humid­i­ty and is more expen­sive.

Drywall

Plumbers do not rec­om­mend sewing a radi­a­tor into such a box. Espe­cial­ly if it is old and there is a pos­si­bil­i­ty of leak­age. To access the device, you must pro­vide a door or be ready to dis­as­sem­ble the prod­uct. True, there are four advan­tages:

  • Mois­ture resis­tance, if you buy a mate­r­i­al with such a char­ac­ter­is­tic.
  • No harm­ful fumes.
  • Low prices.
  • The pos­si­bil­i­ty of expand­ing the win­dow sill, cre­at­ing a niche in the false wall and paint­ing.

But also dis­ad­van­tages.

  • Fragili­ty. GKL can hard­ly be called impact-resis­tant — in case of dam­age, you will have to change the entire skin.
  • Bulky. The box eats up the space under the win­dowsill.
  • Instal­la­tion dura­tion. It will take at least two or three hours.

If you still decide to use this mate­r­i­al, here is an instruc­tion on how to close the bat­tery in the room with it.

The prepara­to­ry phase con­sists of clean­ing and purg­ing the heater, as well as col­lect­ing tools. List of what you need for work:

  • GKL sheets 12 mm thick.
  • Pen­cil.
  • Roulette, ruler, lev­el, cor­ner.
  • Liq­uid nails, screws, dow­els.
  • Met­al pro­files in 2 sizes: 27*28 and 60*27.
  • Screw­driv­er, per­fo­ra­tor, screw­driv­er.
  • Con­struc­tion mesh with self-adhe­sive sur­face.

You can mask the entire wall or just a part under the win­dowsill. The box is installed in the floor or leav­ing a gap above and below it. When mark­ing, it must be tak­en into account that the edges of the struc­ture should pro­trude at least 10 cm beyond the bat­tery.

  • Make a mark on the wall.
  • Attach a pro­file to the lines, make marks for the holes in incre­ments of 15–25 cm.
  • Drill holes and attach pro­file 27*28 and then jumpers 60*27.
  • Make a markup on dry­wall, cut it with a cler­i­cal knife, attach it to the frame with screws.
  • The seams between the sheets are filled with put­ty with a mesh. The sheets them­selves are also put­tied and paint­ed.
  • To reduce heat loss, crafts­men rec­om­mend drilling as many holes in the sur­face as pos­si­ble.

Anoth­er, visu­al instruc­tion for cov­er­ing the GKL on the video.

Painting

One of the eas­i­est ways to design a radi­a­tor. Suit­able for cast iron and steel pan­el struc­tures. Mod­ern alu­minum mod­els will be dif­fi­cult to paint. You will have to apply many lay­ers, and the result will be unat­trac­tive. You can make them mono­phon­ic by choos­ing a shade for the inte­ri­or, con­trast or cre­ate a beau­ti­ful pat­tern. In this case, sten­cils from art stores, decoupage tech­nique will help.

Water-dis­per­sion, acrylic and alkyd paints are suit­able for work. All of them are resis­tant to high tem­per­a­tures. Acrylics dry faster, almost do not emit an unpleas­ant odor. Alkyd, on the con­trary, are dis­tin­guished by caus­tic fumes. Water-dis­per­sion com­po­si­tions are deprived of this draw­back, but they are less durable, wear out quick­ly, and scratch­es appear on them.

There are ham­mer paints for met­al. They cre­ate a het­ero­ge­neous tex­ture with a chas­ing effect. This is a good option if you need to hide var­i­ous defects of the old sur­face: chips, cracks.

You need to start paint­ing from the prepara­to­ry stage:

  • Clean the sur­face of dirt. The dust that has set­tled inside is washed off with a brush with a spray bot­tle.
  • Remove pre­vi­ous­ly applied paint. This is done with a wash­ing solu­tion, a drill with a brush attach­ment or a build­ing hair dry­er — it melts the lay­er and can be removed with a spat­u­la.
  • Buy two small brush­es: straight and curved for the inside of the heater or a foam roller for a pan­el radi­a­tor.
  • Shut off the flow of boil­ing water, wait for cool­ing.

In addi­tion to the list­ed tools, you will need gloves, gog­gles, a res­pi­ra­tor or gauze ban­dage, news­pa­per or oil­cloth to pro­tect sur­round­ing sur­faces.

Textile

It is even eas­i­er to dec­o­rate the bat­tery with small cur­tains hung with Vel­cro or a fish­ing line under the win­dowsill, or win­dow cur­tains to the floor. The first option looks espe­cial­ly good in Provence and Shab­by chic inte­ri­ors. In the chil­dren’s room, home-made cov­ers with a bright print or appliqué are appro­pri­ate. Here are the ben­e­fits of such a screen:

  • It is inex­pen­sive.
  • Almost does not reduce heat trans­fer.
  • It can be changed fre­quent­ly depend­ing on mood or new ren­o­va­tion.
  • There is quick access to heat­ing in case of an emer­gency.

The last plus is that light­weight fab­ric does not look as bulky as dry­wall, met­al, wood, MDF. The only neg­a­tive is that this design is not suit­able for apart­ments in a min­i­mal­ist, high-tech or clas­sic style.

Furniture

The radi­a­tor can be hid­den in fur­ni­ture. The eas­i­est way is to rearrange and cov­er it with a sofa or table. At the same time, the dis­tance between objects should be at least 10 cm. In the kitchen, heat­ing is often masked by a coun­ter­top win­dow sill. It is expand­ed, and a cab­i­net with doors is made below. In addi­tion, the device can be built into a bar counter, a fold­ing table (the option is incon­ve­nient because it blocks heat), a rack, a head­set, a bench, a con­sole. The main con­di­tion is to ensure air cir­cu­la­tion. To do this, holes must be made on the facade.

Niche

A method for apart­ments in which a heat­ing sys­tem is still being installed. The radi­a­tor in this case is inside the wall. This com­pli­cates the repair, eats up space if a GKL is used to build a niche, but the room will not become cold­er.

Grid

The option is suit­able for the bath­room. Shelves are screwed on top and bot­tom of the heater, and a grid is fixed on them, on which you can hang any objects.

Screen

A low dec­o­ra­tive, carved or ordi­nary par­ti­tion will also hide a bulky object. You can pin pho­tos, draw­ings, use­ful notes on it.

How else can you close the batteries: photos of simple and unusual screens

In addi­tion to the list­ed struc­tures, a clothes dry­er, dec­o­ra­tive fire­places, forged grates, and brick­work are used to mask the radi­a­tor. Look at the pho­to selec­tion of inter­est­ing dec­o­ra­tive solu­tions.

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