A New Hit; Aluminium In The Heating Industry

by Tal Potishman - Date: 2008-11-20 - Word Count: 448 Share This!

About eight percent of the Earth's crust is made up of aluminium. Aluminium is found in everything from the average beverage can to mechanical parts for aeroplanes. It is also becoming prevalent in the heating industry mainly since it is lightweight, flexible and conductive. In recent years many players in the heating industry have been experimenting with using aluminium for radiators and other parts.

Aluminium was first used by the Greeks and the Romans for dyeing, but the "true" form of aluminium (as opposed to the aluminium salts used by the Romans and Greeks) was first discovered in the late eighteenth century. Pure aluminium is actually quite hard to find. Even so, after half a century of experimentation with the metal, aluminium started appearing slowly but steadily in the industrial sector.

Currently aluminium can be found in many everyday objects like jewellery, computers and other electronic devices and packing materials. One of the main reasons aluminium is so popular is that it has very high corrosion resistance levels. Alongside its light weight and flexibility, resistance to corrosion is one of the major reasons that aluminium is a prime candidate for repeated recycling, making it very popular in our eco-friendly society.

Over the last few years, manufacturers of central heating equipment have started using aluminium for cooling and heating systems both for domestic and commercial applications. Two of the most popular heating components to recently be switched to aluminium construction are heating coils and copper tubing.

Some heating equipment manufacturers have begun making radiators and heating kits out of aluminium. Lately consumers have taken to buying aluminium radiators because the aluminium kits offer faster heating cycles with much less wear and tear to the mechanism itself. If something goes awry with an aluminium radiator, the individual parts can be fixed or refitted quickly due to the aluminium's pliable nature.

Aluminium windows have also become very popular recently as they can help lower cooling and heating bills. Aluminium windows were designed to regulate a room's temperature by acting as a barrier and preventing the temperature outside from affecting the temperature inside. Research shows that buyers have reported that their heating and cooling bills have dropped drastically. Aluminium can also be used for heating and cooling by using aluminium foil to line ventilation ducts, refrigeration coils and the ventilations grilles in floor panels.

Aluminium is one of the most versatile materials found within the earth's crust. Because there is so much of it and the fact that it is highly versatile, aluminium can be used by almost every industry. The heating industry has proven that aluminium can be used for just about anything and they have gone to great lengths to implement this versatile material.

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Tal Potishman, editor of Heating Central, writes articles about central heating, plumbers, Brighton boiler, underfloor heating and solar thermal. He specializes in helping save money by advising on efficient heating.

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