What is a BTU and Why Do I Need To Know About It?

At Milano, we pride ourselves not only on the stylish look of our radiators, but also on their exceptional heat output.

In every Milano radiator specification, you’ll find a BTU rate listed. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, and is used to indicate the rate of heat output from a radiator or heated towel rail. One BTU is the amount of energy it takes to heat one pound by one degree. It’s the approximate equivalent of 1055 joules.

Now you know what a BTU is, how can this information benefit you? Well, it’s simple really. Knowing what a BTU is will help you choose a radiator that is powerful enough to heat your room efficiently and effectively.

Depending on the size of the room you need to heat, you will require a radiator with a substantial or average BTU rate. It goes without saying that the larger the room, the higher the BTU rate needed to heat it. You can install a radiator with a lower BTU rate, but it will take more than one to heat the room properly if it is large. Instead, it makes sense to get an accurate estimation of the BTUs you will need to heat the room from just one radiator. This useful BTU calculator does the hard work for you.


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