Thinking Ahead: Beginner’s Guide to Choosing the Right Radiator for Your Home

Regardless of whether you are performing a new building project or merely want to change individual radiators in your residence, our website along with our showrooms and specialist advisors can guide you to make the correct decision.

1.  The Heat Output.

The first consideration to make will always be whether or not you have enough heat to warm the room to the recommended temperature.  For example, the ideal radiator will depend on the layout and size of a structure’s room, the level of double glazing and insulation, and whether or not there are patio doors with an open fire.  Utilizing a heat calculator with the information on receiving the correct heat output, you will be able to choose the most suitable radiator for your property’s needs.

2.  Saving Energy Using Aluminium Radiators.

Aluminium is a substance offering various types of environmental advantages.  The first benefit is that aluminium products are created using recycled materials – think about it, your old drink cans could be keeping a person warm as you read this article!  Aluminium radiators also tend to present with lower water content than other types of radiators. This means that they require less energy to heat the water and, consequently, heat the room resulting in cost-effective operation.  While it can be difficult to place an accurate figure on the cost-effectiveness of an aluminium radiator, Professionals predict that an aluminium radiator can save a person approximately 10% of their annual heating bill.

3.  The Different Styles.

While there are various types of radiator designs available, the two basic styles include contemporary or designer and classic or traditional.  Contemporary or designer options are typically stylish alternatives to the traditional steel radiators seen in the majority of structures; thereby, providing the user with an aesthetically attractive and pleasing appearance.  The classic design refers to cast iron radiators from previous years, such as those in schools and older public buildings. Fortunately, the modern designs are far more aesthetically pleasing and efficient than these traditional steel options. If you want some more information then take a look at this buying guide.

4.  Energy Efficiency.

Radiator technology is changing constantly, particularly when it comes to energy efficiency.  This means that high energy output with low energy cost are beneficial when presented with restricted wall space.  Trench heating options are useful if you have glass walls or bi-fold doors and want a simple and sophisticated radiator alternative.  The bathroom towel railing is no longer simply for bathrooms and do not need to be functional exclusively. Style is also important here as there is a wide range of solutions that dry the towels while making the bathroom attractive. Visiting our showrooms allow you to see the range of radiators and speak to one of the staff members regarding radiators that are within your financial budget.

 

5.  The Color And Finish Of Radiators.

The modern or contemporary design radiators are available in a plethora of finishes and colors, including the following:

  • White – white is the ideal color if you are searching for a radiator without much time to browse.  White is the standard finish color and our company tends to keep this option in stock.
  • Different colors – with the majority of the radiators we stock, you will be able to choose from a wide palette of colors.  Consider the ‘product specifications’ box to determine which colors are available for your radiator style option.
  • The chrome finish – chrome has become one of the more fashionable choices for radiators in minimalist home interior themes.  Of course, you need to consider that a chrome finish will reduce the level of heat output by approximately 30%; therefore, you need to take this into account when calculating the size of the radiator required.
  • Stainless steel – stainless steel is one of the most beneficial materials to use when opting for radiators as there is no chance of peeling, corrosion, discoloration of the finish, or flaking.  An additional benefit to this material is that stainless steel radiators have an aesthetically pleasing appearance.

 

6.  The Heating Systems.

  • A closed circuit system – the closed circuit heating system is one that is sealed and this means the water will be circulating constantly without being changed; therefore, you need to treat the radiator regularly to protect its functioning.
  • An open circuit system – the open circuit heating system utilizes water from a borehole, spring, or main and this means it is impossible to treat the water with chemicals.  If you are utilizing open circuit heating, then you will need to use radiators created with non-ferrous materials including brass, stainless steel or aluminium.

 

7.  The Fuel Systems.

There are two basic fuel systems when it comes to radiators: the standard central system and the dual fuel type.  The standard system is the traditional option and involves fitting the radiator directly to a gas, oil or electric fuel source.  Dual fuel, however, is ideal if you are heating a bathroom. This type of radiator allows for central heating during the winter, but can be switched to electric fuel source during summer to improve towel heating and remove central heating.

 

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