This buyer’s guide has been created so you can explore the different choices available to ensure you pick the right one.
What are the different types of radiators?
We have a range of radiators in a wide selection of styles including designer radiators which adds a statement piece to any room, providing functionality and style in one. Designer radiators are perfect for a modern household; we have a choice from vertical and horizontal designs so that you can choose one which is most suited to the style of your home. There are a number of finishes you can choose from such as anthracite, black gloss, and chrome. We also have a range of traditional white radiators, suitable for traditional households.
Vertical radiators are sleek, tall and thin which are perfect for a modern house. They are ideal for fitting in smaller spaces as they don’t take up much space on the wall. The stand tall feature creates a striking piece and can make a smaller room look more spacious and contemporary.
Horizontal radiators are wider in comparison to the vertical radiators. They are ideal for fitting under windows or shelves, allowing you to make the most use out your space. The flat bar radiators are best suited for larger rooms as higher outputs are achieved with more surface area. We have a variety of sizes and styles for you to choose from, such as the chrome and anthracite radiator which creates a unique touch to your room.
What size radiator will I need?
Before buying a radiator you will need to measure the space you have available. We have horizontal and vertical radiators in different sizes so you’re bound to find one that will fit a large or small space.
How do I check the heat output of a radiator?
The heat output of a radiator is measured in BTU (British Thermal Units) or watts. The BTU must be considered when choosing a radiator as you need a heater which has a powerful output to heat the room.To calculate the BTU you will need to know the ceiling height and the size of the room in square feet and an estimate of the heat loss of the room. A BTU calculator can be used to estimate this or a plumber should be able to advice you to ensure you buy a radiator with a BTU which will heat the house effectively.
Do I need a radiator valve?
All radiators need valves as they connect to the heating system. There are two different types of valves you can choose from. The standard valves allow you to turn the radiator on and off in a room whereas the thermostatic valves allow you to alter the heat output which is more cost efficient.
How can I maintain the efficiency of my radiator?
It’s best to check the energy efficiency of your radiator by regularly bleeding your radiator which is most cost efficient, because if the radiator becomes blocked its uses more energy to convey greater heat output. You can check if a radiator needs bleeding by touching the tops of it. If it takes a while to reach its full temperature then it will require bleeding so the air bubbles trapped in the pipe are released. You do this by using a radiator key on the valve so air escapes; you continue to do this until water appears from the valve.
Please allow the radiator to fully cool down before bleeding it to prevent burns from steam escaping from the valve.Click here to explore our Radiator Ranges