Airlite Venetian Blind Co Inc | Queens Village, NY

212-57 Jamaica Avenue

Queens Village, NY, 11428

Business Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-6:00pm

Sat 8:00am-3:00pm (Closed Sunday)

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Learn about us from the New York Times!

The first cast-iron radiators, throbbing with steam heat, were invented during the Industrial Revolution. Almost immediately, radiator owners devised ways of covering them.


Radiators are often ugly and can cause burns if touched. A tasteful radiator enclosure can enhance a room, doubling as a bookcase or window seat.


Properly designed, an enclosure should also help heat the room more efficiently.


Air-Lite home decorating improvement center in Queens, has a large selection of radiator enclosures, priced according to size, style and material. Ready-made painted steel enclosures in stock sizes with front grills start at $39.99 for an enclosure that covers a 20-inch radiator.


The simplest customized metal cover with a grill front costs about $70 for one that covers a 24-inch radiator. An enclosure with a louvered front to cover a 24-inch radiator starts at about $160.


Air-Lite, which has built, sold and installed radiator enclosures for over 45-years, also sells “KD” or knockdown metal covers, which comes disassembled and with instructions. The knockdown covers cost 20 percent more than the ready-made ones.


The company also builds radiator covers made of colored or wood-grained plastic laminate (formica). One model is fashioned entirely of mirrors with a Lucite grill.


Radiator covers can also be made of unfinished wood (from $139 to cover a 24-inch radiator), varnished wood (from $179 for the same size) and hardwoods like oak, cherry and mahogany, which are about 40-percent more costly than lighter woods.


Airlite’s wooden enclosures have decorative aluminum grills in gold or silver. But modifications and enhancements, like moldings, can be made, said Joseph Rubino, the owner. Models are on view at Airlite’s showroom.


Mr. Rubino suggests heat-reflector panels (from $7.99) for the inside of wooden enclosures to lengthen the life of the enclosure. In humid rooms like bathrooms, metal covers should be buffed regularly with car wax to prevent rust.


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Airlite Venetian Blind Co. Inc.

212-57 Jamaica Avenue

Queens Village, NY, 11428

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The New York Times – November 15, 1990


Making a Radiator More Attractive and Useful

Joseph Rubino, the owner of Airlite Home Center in Queens, sells a large selection of custom-made as well as stock radiator enclosures.

Joseph Rubino - owner of Airlite Home Center

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