Why Should You Use LST Radiators?

Why Should You Use LST Radiators?

Posted by Dawn on 01 February 2019 08:30:42 GMT

There are certain environments where a low surface temperature heating solution is vital.

This is because particular areas in commercial sectors such as schools, hospitals and care homes, cater to those who are more at risk of injury around hot surfaces.

Contour have been blogging about why it’s important to consider LST radiators are part of your heating solution to create safer spaces for staff and service users.

Read on to find out more…



Safe Surface Temperatures

In environments such as primary schools or residential care homes, there are limits on surface temperature for heating solutions. These guidelines suggest a minimum temperature and make a recommendation on how hot a radiator should get before there is an elevated risk of scalds or burns.

Installing LST radiators means using a safer heating solution that will maintain the safety of staff and service users in a space. This is particularly crucial in busy working environments where people are likely to come into contact with the LST radiator as they go about their day.

This is particularly important in the healthcare and education sectors as young children and older or vulnerable people are more at risk of injuries if they come into contact with a hot surface through falls, for example.

A traditional radiator that doesn’t operate at a low surface temperature could pose as a potential safety risk for vulnerable people or children because they operate above the recommended guidelines.

Durable Heating Solutions

Our LST radiators are made with 1.5mm Zintec mild steel as standard to give a durable solution that will help the LST to stand up to the day to day challenges of busy working environments and reach their full potential lifespan.

For wet environments, particularly in the mental health sector where there may be ligature concerns, Contour recommends LST radiators that are made from magnelis.

This is a form of steel that has undergone an additional treatment stage which is similar to it being hot-dip galvanised, making it more durable against rust and corrosion.

LST radiators can also be supplied made from aluminium. This material is best suited to LST radiators being installed into standard environments where anti-ligature requirements aren’t a concern.

For additional durability, Contour LST radiators are supplied as one-piece constructions. This creates a more robust solution because there are no screws or bolts that make up a multi-piece unit that could come loose.



 RotaRad Valve | Contour Heating | Shifnal, West Midlands

In schools and hospitals, where budgets are often stretched or tight, having an efficient heating system is vital.

The NHS guidelines on hyenine in hospitals state that radiators should be cleaned at least once a week.

A traditional radiator typically takes two cleaning personnel 30 minutes to clean. This includes removing the cover, cleaning the radiator and reinstalling the radiator cover. 

Here at Contour, we install our LST radiator with RotaRad kits to give easier access for cleaning. These rotating valves allow the radiator to dropped to floor level for easier access to clean the back of the radiator and the wall behind it. 

To read more about how to effectively clean LST radiators, click here!

To improve heat efficiency on our LST radiators, Contour use a layer of Kingspan foam on the inside of the radiator cover.

This helps to stop any potential heat loss and reflect it back into the room, giving an overall better heat output.



LST radiators are an ideal safe heating solution for spaces working with vulnerable people such as elderly people or young children.

They offer protection from potential scalds as burns because they offer a low surface temperature solution to heating that creates safer heating for these spaces.

Contour LST radiators also feature rotating RotaRad valves that allow for easier access to clean. They also use Kingspan foam to reflect lost heat back into the room.

This helps to improve the overall efficiency of the LST radiators which is important for spaces working with limited budgets.

Our LST radiators are also made from durable solutions, making them the most suitable heating solution for spaces where potentially vulnerable people are moving around.

Would you like to find out more about how low surface temperature radiators could help you? Fill out the form below to speak to a heating expert today!



About Us

Contour produces a range of innovative, safe surface temperature systems for healthcare, education, mental health, commercial and secure sectors, working in close partnership and collaborating with architects, M&E engineers, NHS Trusts, local authorities, design consultants and contractors to deliver outstanding safe heating solutions.

Contour is the exclusive partner of BioCote® anti-microbial technology for LST and anti-ligature radiators.  BioCote® additives reduce bacteria by up to 99.9%. Contour combine an extensive range of colour-paints is  with BioCote® for a durable, high-quality finish.

Contour’s heating solutions offer secure, single-person quick access to radiator guard interiors for regular deep cleaning and maintenance.  Each year, Contour save the NHS millions of pounds in cleaning costs, therefore delivering cleaner, safer environments.  Contour is redefining the marketplace and therefore many regard us as a design and innovation leader within the industry.

Contour have a quality- first philosophy. Our customer-focused team possess a ‘can-do’ attitude, they take pride in developing solutions for your heating requirements.

Contact us at:

The Mansions, 43 Broadway Shifnal

Shropshire TF11 8BB United Kingdom

+44 1952 290 498


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