1.2.11 Cleaning the radiator surfaces

1.2.11 Cleaning the radiator surfaces


When the radiator heats up, it causes the air around it to rise as it is heated, and this draws up dusty air from the floors. As the dust sticks on the radiators, it acts like a layer of insulation, which reduces the heat transfer efficiency of the radiators. This measure consists in cleaning this dust of the radiators.


  • Obtain the maximum heat transfer efficiency of radiators

  • Simple process of cleaning


  • Occupant acceptance

  • Operation and Maintenance (O&M) staff size, skill level, and budget need to be considered

Economic assessment

This measure has no associated cost, unless a company for the maintenance of the system is hired (from 200€ a year).

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Environment or playable world:

  • Residential

  • Academic

  • Offices

  • All

Carried out by:

  • Public building users

  • Owners

  • Operators

  • All

Reduce consumption of:

  • Heating

  • Cooling

  • DHW

  • Lighting

  • Electric devices

Type of driver:

  • Physical environmental

  • Contextual

  • Psychological

  • Physiological

  • Social

Time framework:

  • Short term
  • Long term

Type of measure:

  • Envelope
  • HVAC
  • DHW
  • Lighting
  • Electrical devices
  • Other
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