Taking central heating for granted, we barely spare a glance at the average wall radiator. This is because they are all the same boring white painted steel panels. Or are they?
In more recent years, radiator manufacturers have been coming up with some superb designs. It’s like somebody woke up and realized that a radiator could be any shape imaginable.
As long as the surface area is large enough to heat the room, the radiator not only could be a more interesting shape but could also be made of a material other than pressed steel.
The result is that other than steel it is now possible to buy aluminium, anthracite, mirror and wood radiators.
There is a growing demand for the attractive tall horizontal radiators. This is thought to help distribute heat better than the more conventional oblong radiators we are mostly familiar with.
Tall horizontal column radiators radiate the heat at several heights. When fitted from foot to head height the advantages of a better heat distribution are obvious.
They also take up a narrower wall space and this is important where space is limited. For example, these radiators are an excellent choice to place in a narrow alcove.
In days of old, all radiators were made from steel panels and delivered to the home painted white, or occasionally in cream. These very neutral finishes were designed to blend into the white or magnolia walls of rooms in many homes.
When people wanted to paint the wall another colour, they would often paint the radiator the same colour.
But the finish of todays’ beautiful radiators means we are happy for them to contrast against any wall covering. Nobody is likely to be daft enough to paint over a polished steel or chrome finished radiator.
And they certainly would never cover one of the stunning anthracite radiators currently available.
If you enter the word radiator into your computer search engine, you’ll be as surprised as I was to see the vast range of attractive new designs.
When it comes to vertical radiators, there’s plenty of confusing and conflicting information out there and very few people know when it’s appropriate to use them and when it isn’t. Experts will recommend that people avoid them altogether, while other experts will say there’s no difference between horizontal and vertical radiators.
The truth sits somewhere in the middle. Yes, there are times when vertical radiators are inappropriate. However, this does not mean that they are always a bad choice. Sometimes, they are an excellent choice.
If there’s one key advantage to vertical column radiators compared to horizontal radiators, it’s that they look much better. There’s just something stylish about the orientation. Perhaps it’s because we’re not used to them, and the human brain seeks novelty.
Perhaps it’s simply that vertical things are more attractive than horizontal things – this seems unlikely, and it isn’t something that’s generally talked about.
Still, for whatever reason, if you're looking for a stylish radiator, then you cannot go wrong with vertical radiators. In terms of interior decor, there’s no better choice in radiator than vertical radiators…of course, that’s only part of the issue.
Some people believe that heat output is much less with a vertical radiator than with a horizontal radiator. This is technically incorrect. As long as both radiators have the same BTU rating (this is the measuring of heat output in the UK), they will produce exactly the same amount of heat.
The problem is that both types of radiator distribute heat differently. A horizontal radiator will distribute heat much more evenly through the room. Heat rises, so the heat comes out over a greater horizontal angle and rises through the room, dispersing the heat at a much wider angle than the vertical radiators do.
While vertical radiators will put out the same amount of heat, it will not distribute in as even a manner as the horizontal radiators distribute the heat. This means that the room doesn’t warm up as evenly as with a horizontal radiator and it can have cooler patches. In other words, vertical radiators are not as good at heating the space as horizontal radiators are.
OK, so given the last two paragraphs, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the only reason to ever install a vertical radiator is for aesthetic purposes, and never because you want the radiator to work as a radiator and actually provide you with heat.
Fortunately, that’s incorrect. There are times when vertical column radiators are the only option for a room, and that’s when the room is strapped for space. In a small room, a horizontal radiator will not be able to provide the room with enough heat because the surface area of the radiator is simply too small – surface area has a direct link to the amount of heat a radiator is able to produce.
In small rooms, you might have no option but to use a vertical radiator. This includes bathrooms, kitchens, and utility rooms more often than not.
Many people claim that central heating provides superior heating to electric heating; but are they correct? We are going to explore this claim below. As always, the truth of the matter depends on the circumstances and needs of the room.
The primary concern with the difference between central heating and electric heating is cost. Here are a few things to note:
That’s a lot of money, and you're only likely to breakeven on the cost compared to electricity after a decent amount of time has passed – something like 20-years, but with electricity becoming ever cheaper, it could be closer to 50-years, and maybe even never if the cost of electricity drops below gas prices.
This is probably going to happen in the coming decades as renewable energy becomes ever cheaper.
However, if you're installing it in a house that you wish to sell, the presence of central heating can actually increase the value of the property. In this case, you could even make money by installing central heating, as it will increase the property value. You need to have a valuator assess the property to find out exactly how much you might make/save.
Both central heating and electric radiators have an inherent risk, but which is riskier?
However, we want to stress very hard that the risks of either of the above happening are extremely slim. Very few fires are caused by electric radiators nowadays and burst pipes are rare too. It’s simply that you need to be aware of the very small risks so that you can make an informed decision.
Believe it or not, kitchens are one of the most difficult rooms to get right when it comes to heating. There are several reasons for this. First, the room tends to be damper than other rooms because of the additional use of water (e.g. sinks, steam, washing machines, dishwashers, etc.). This means that they require more heat to stay dry. Secondly, they have secondary heat sources, such as the oven, the microwave, the hob, and the other appliances.
This can all lead to issues. For example, you might have the radiator on full blast while cooking. This will make the room too hot. To address this, you turn the radiator off, but if you're not cooking, then this will make the room cold.
Many of you might decide that the kitchen isn’t particularly important when it comes to heating because you spend little time inside. However, many other people use the kitchen as their “gathering room”. They like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen.
Don’t worry. These issues can all be addressed with careful planning. Today, we are going to teach you how to do this.
Issues with Temperature Control
There are two solutions to the problems outlined above concerning the management of heat (i.e. making sure the room doesn’t become too hot or too cold):
The only downside here is that it can affect the entire house. The temperature in the kitchen may be hot, so the thermostat tells your boiler to turn off, but this can leave other rooms in the house cold.
It will close the radiator off as the room becomes too hot and it will open the radiator as the room becomes too cold.
Thermostatic radiator valves allow you to have complete control over the heat of the kitchen, without affecting the rest of the house.
Do You Need Towel Rungs?
A typical kitchen always has a dishtowel or two on the go. You might allow these to dry naturally, but this can lead to mould and mildew, and the towels will smell bad. To address this, you should choose a radiator that sports a towel rail so that you can dry your kitchen towels.
Kitchen radiators are unique because they need both a towel rail and a panel. To this end, you will need to buy specialist kitchen radiators that sport both the rail and the panel. You can find these with most good radiator retailers.
In conclusion, radiators in your kitchen work best when they sport a thermostatic radiator valve, a panel, and a towel rail.
When it comes to radiators, most people just go to their local hardware store, choose a model that looks reasonably OK, and then buys it. Very few people are aware that you can actually have your radiators made to order. Today, we are going to look at the advantages of having your radiators made to order. They are more expensive, but they are also more practical. If you can afford it, we would certainly recommend it.
Reason 1: Style
The most obvious reason for choosing bespoke radiators over standard radiators is that you can tailor the radiator to your style. There are many awesome designs within the bespoke range (i.e. radiators that have already been made. Obviously, you can’t have a range of bespoke models, as they are all unique). Some of the most famous examples include a dinosaur for a child’s bedroom and a cauldron for a Harry Potter fan.
If you find a decent radiator manufacture, then the world is practically your oyster by way of the designs you can have. You can tailor the radiator to suit the character of your home. Indeed, many executive homes choose to do this.
Reason 2: Optimisation
The next reason to have your radiators tailor made is that you can ensure that the specs perfectly match the room. Rooms come in all shapes and sizes, but radiators tend to come in set sizes. This affects the efficiency of the radiator in the room. By having a radiator made to order, you can make sure that it provides all the specifications for that exact room.
For instance, you can choose to create the radiator in an unusual shape so that it conforms to the contours of an alcove or a bay window. This latter option is actually much more popular than you might imagine, especially in Victorian and Edwardian properties.
Reason 3: Warranties
The people who make bespoke radiators often design their radiators to a particularly high standard – this is reflected in the price. For this reason, the manufacturers will offer long warranties on their products. It’s common to find radiators with warranties of upwards of 20-years when creating made to order radiators.
This is clearly beneficial because it means that the radiator will last a long time and will not require changing as often. If the radiator perfectly fits the room, it can be harder to find another model that will be suitable, so the long warranty helps to protect against this.
Of course, as we mentioned, this added extra is apparent in the price. Made to order radiators can be two or three times more expensive than standard radiators, and sometimes even more so.
Choosing to buy a made to order radiator is a big deal. They will cost you at least £1000 apiece. However, the benefits you get from them are well worth the price, so it’s certainly worth considering if you have the money.
Winter is upon us once more, and that means one thing: the energy companies are about to put their prices up just because they can. Well, that’s not very nice is it? But there are things that we can do to help reduce the impact of these rises and one of the most important things to do is to ensure that our radiators are efficient and functional. Today, we have provided you with some great tips to help you make sure that this is the case with your radiators. Follow these tips and you'll boost the efficiency of your radiators significantly.
Have Your Boiler and Radiators Serviced Regularly
You need to make sure that your boiler and radiators are in the best condition possible, and to do this, you need to have them serviced by a plumber/heating specialist. They will be able to tweak and balance the system to ensure that it’s working to its optimum capacity.
A boiler and radiator service will cost you about £200, but you can often pay for these in instalments from various specialists. Shop around for the best price, but make sure you use someone who is Gas Safe registered and who has extensive knowledge and expertise of the heating market.
Make Sure You Bleed Your Radiators
Air in your radiators creates cold patches. They make the radiators less efficient and the entire central heating system has to work harder to achieve a decent level of heat. This means that you will end up spending far more on your energy bills than you need to.
The solution is so simply, though. You need to remove the air from the system. This will take all of ten minutes to do the entire house, and it will help to keep your home as energy efficient as possible.
Make Sure You Use Your Thermostat
A thermostat will help you to keep your home at an even temperature. This will prevent you from wasting energy by making the house too hot. You set the thermostat to a specific temperature and the central heating cuts out as soon as it reaches that level, making sure that oy are not wasting nay money. With contemporary radiators, you can even buy thermostats for each radiator and for each room, so that you can further control the heating and help increase the efficiently of your home.
Make Sure Your Radiators Are Clean
One of the leading causes of inefficient radiators is dust. If you allow dust to accumulate on the radiator it will act as a layer of insulation and this will then affect the amount of heat given off in the room – it will cost more to achieve the same temperature as a clean radiator. Rather than just buy radiators to replace your dirty ones, simply clean them. A damp cloth is all you need, but be sure to dry the radiator afterwards.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading this article and that you now know how to make your radiators more efficient. If you are interested in buying new radiators, please visit https://www.designerradiatorsdirect.co.uk/.
In the UK, we have a problem with cowboy builders – people who pretend (or think they are) to be experts in various fields, such as plumbing, electrics, and roofing. These people can wreak havoc on your property, leading to costly repairs and renovations.
It’s important to avoid cowboy builders at all costs, especially when it comes to your central heating. When things go wrong here, it can be catastrophic. For example, burst pipes can result in extensive damage to your home.
In order to establish if you are dealing with a bone fide heating expert, you need to ensure that they have the knowledge and expertise needed to take care of your central heating. Below, you will find the five things that will help you to work out if you're dealing with a professional or a cowboy.
Whenever you have someone working on your radiators or central heating, you need to make sure that they are correctly qualified. If you have gas central heating radiators, ask if they are Gas Safe registered, and ask for proof of this – you will be able to verify this with the Gas Safe registry. If they are installing new pipes or changing radiators, make sure they have the relevant plumbing qualifications.
The professionals understand why you are asking and will be more than happy to provide you with proof. If the person becomes angry and annoyed, then you should consider finding an alternative plumber or central heating operative.
Heating is not simply restricted to gas. There are numerous other types too, such as oil and electricity. A good heating expert will have a broad knowledge of all of the different types of heating. This will enable them to provide you with specialised and tailored advice suitable for your requirements.
For example, perhaps you want a radiator in a room that doesn’t have pipes. They will be able to advise you whether it’s worth installing new pipework or just installing an electric heater instead.
When they come and work on your system, you should be expecting them to create an energy efficient system, or to be able to advise you on how to improve the energy efficiency of your home. Properly trained heating experts will understand the various issues regarding energy efficiency and will be able to advise you appropriately.
A decent heating expert will leave you with information about servicing and maintenance requirements. They will teach you how to bleed radiators and will advise you when to have your annual service done.
Finally, they will have good knowledge of power flushing and will be able to advise as to whether it is appropriate in your situation. For instance, some radiators, such as Zehnder radiators are more robust than others, making them ideal for power flushing. The process may actually damage other radiators, such as low-quality radiators. A good heating expert will be able to advise you appropriately.
When looking for new radiators for your home, it’s important that you set your expectations. Are you looking for radiators that look good or are you looking for radiators that heat your home efficiently? Because this is generally the options you have: Either you can have stylish and appealing radiators, or you can have efficient radiators. At least that was the old logic. Nowadays, designer radiators are much more efficient. Let’s explore this topic in more depth now.
If you're the sort of person who loves to have a seamless and streamlined interior décor, then good news: many of today’s designer radiators come with added features that increase their efficiency significantly in comparison to past models. This includes cheap designer radiators too. Many of the biggest radiator retailers have a decent range of beautiful, yet heat efficient radiators. They enable you to have a beautiful radiator and still have a decently warm room that doesn’t cost the earth to heat.
Even in the past, you could buy traditional radiators that have a designer look. Cast iron radiators fall into this category. Unfortunately, cast iron radiators tend to look good only in older properties. This is good for many people in the UK, who live in Victorian, Georgian, and Edwardian properties, but for those of us in modern properties, in the past, we only really had the option of buying standard, traditional styles of radiator.
What to Look for in a Designer Radiator
Nowadays, it is possible to buy designer radiators that are efficient, but it’s important that you understand which features you should be looking for. If you buy designer radiators without paying mind to these additional features, then you might be in for an unpleasant surprise (i.e. higher energy bills and cold rooms).
First, you must always ensure that the radiator can produce enough heat for the room. To do this, you need to look at the manufacturer’s guide and how many British Thermal Units per hour the radiator is capable of producing. Next, you need to find out how many British Thermal Units per hour the room requires. You then match these two figures together – e.g. if you're buying a designer unit for the dining room and your dining room requires 1500 British Thermal Units per hour, then the radiator must be capable of producing 1500 British Thermal Units per hour.
The problem comes in working out how much energy it takes to achieve those 1500 British Thermal Units per hour. To do this, you should look at various features of the radiator. It needs to have a decent water content – to check this, compare the water content between the designer radiator and the equivalent panel radiators, i.e. the panel radiators that produce 1500 British Thermal Units per hour. If they are roughly the same, then it’s indicative of them being the same cost to run and you can basically copy the energy rating from the panel units to the designer units to establish how much the designer unit will cost to run.
In short, to work out if a designer radiator will produce enough heat at a decent price, then consult the product details and compare them to other radiators that are known to be efficient. It’s more than possible to find designer radiators that perform equally as well as traditional radiators – you just need to understand what you should be looking for.
To some old timers using the words contemporary or designer in conjunction with radiators somehow seems strange.
That’s because if you are of a certain age you’ll think all radiators are the same. They’re not any more.
Instead they have some hugely stylish radiators that hanging on the wall with pipes hidden, look almost like modern art pieces.
Just fifty years ago the average home in the UK didn’t have central heating. It only really lifted off in the early nineteen-seventies with the advent of easy credit. A sluggish economy prompted the government of the day to allow even those with modest incomes to pay on the never-never.
After signing on the dotted line with one of the tens of thousands of doors to door salesmen, you would sit and wait for the delivery and the fitters.
At no time was the customer aware of what the radiators looked like until they arrived. It never mattered anyway as all the radiators were identical in every home with this new heating system.
There were only a handful of radiator manufacturers back then when now there are hundreds. This development has produced great competition, and this has led to new contemporary radiators the likes of which never existed before.
Whether it’s small electric wall mounted radiators for the bathroom, or a shiny silver finished vertical design, there’s plenty to choose from.
Today, nobody thinking of chucking out an ancient system for a new more efficient boiler and radiators would order without looking through a catalogue of different designs.
And the best way to view such a massive choice is clearly sitting at home and viewing online. As with so many purchases these days the online shopping option bags the best deals.
The word, contemporary, translates into state of the art or completely up to date with the latest. A local bathroom retail outlet is less likely to have the very latest designs in stock.
So, sit comfortably and be prepared for some big surprises.
Radiators as single units are not particularly expensive. You can buy a decent sized radiator for as little as £70. Given this, why would you want to save money on your radiators? Well, the expense comes when you need to buy multiple radiators, or when you need to hire a plumber to install the radiators too.
In total, installing new radiators throughout the house can set you back as much as £3000 on average. Clearly, when costs approach that amount, it’s time to consider ways of saving money. To this end, you will find the tips written below useful.
Shop in the Sales
There are two times of year when you can make substantial savings on your radiators. These are:
Consider Reconditioned Radiators
Many people get rid of their old radiators because they fancy a style change, and not because the radiators are faulty. Radiator specialists will buy these radiators at a reduced cost, refurbish them to make sure that they are in tip-top condition, and then will sell them on at a cheaper rate than the same unit would cost brand new.
This is the cheapest way to buy high-end designer radiators, and you can find some real bargains. It’s common to find top brands, such as Kermi, Hudson Reed, Stelrad, and De'longhi.
If there’s a brand you love, but the radiators are outside your price range, then look for a retailer that sells reconditioned/refurbed radiators and you may be in for a very pleasant surprise.
Be sure to insist on a decent guarantee – even refurbished/reconditioned radiators should come with a guarantee of at least 5-years. Don’t settle for anything less.
We seem to have lost much of the tradition of haggling in this country (UK), but it is still possible. Your local radiator shop is probably more than happy to haggle with you if it helps them to compete with the online retailers. It’s important that you give it a try at least. Otherwise, all this internet shopping is putting small businesses out of business, and that’s a bad thing.
Haggling isn't as difficult as you might imagine, and you don’t have to be a Del Boy character to pull it off properly. In fact, avoid that stereotyped form of haggling. It puts people off and makes them feel as if you're trying to rip them off – that’s the last thing you want them to feel because they will be much less inclined to give you a discount.
Are you interested in buying new radiators for your home? If you are, check out the fantastic collection at https://www.designerradiatorsdirect.co.uk/.
It has often been said that the day humans learnt to make fire was the most important evolutionary moment in history.
Knowing how to make a fire meant they could migrate away from hot climates. This adds to the theory that humans first evolved in the hot climate of central Africa.
Since then, we still must create a heat source. And that for most of us is currently central heating. Not only has the coal fire in homes been banned but the same restrictions are likely to apply to wood-burners.
Gas is the usual method of running central heating, although oil is an option for people living in more isolated areas off the mains.
Electric storage heaters were increasingly common in the nineteen seventies and eighties, but these are seen less frequently now.
As gas and electricity are both utilities that continue to cost more, then we should not lose sight of the possibility that electric heat source may becoming cheaper at some future point.
Electric bathroom radiators are certainly popular, and this is for several reasons. The first obvious reason is that they can operate alone, especially useful when the central heating has been closed for the alleged summer.
They can also be good for drying towels whilst reducing normal bathroom dampness bought about through steam in the air.
The best bathroom towel radiators should incorporate a multi-rail design. This allows towels to dry whilst not preventing warm air circulating about the room.
One of the more popular designs can be described as a classic shape solid column radiator with tubular parts for the towels allowing a good circulation. In other words, the towels are not touching the main solid radiator but are suspended a few inches above.
Both electric and gas fired radiators have perhaps out of necessity become increasingly efficient. Timer controls can also allow greater flexibility especially now there are apps to allow remote control from any wireless device.
Nany people don’t get home at the same time every evening, so the remote control can save unnecessary waste of heat.
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If you are green minded and you need to replace some radiators, the best metal to choose are heaters that are produced from recycled aluminium. The reason for this is that the water content within them is lower than other radiators.
You could ask your retailer if they can provide Designer Vertical Radiators made out of this metal. Apart from the lower water content they are also environmentally friendly as you are helping your carbon footprint.
Designer radiators are more costly than others and you could save further money by fitting them with thermostatic valves. You will then have control over heat output and you can lower temperatures in rooms that you rarely use.
If some of the rooms that you are heating are on the sunny side of the property, the radiators will automatically switch off at the temperature you have set. The sun will have done its job and so will the thermostatic valves.
You can see that you can really save on your energy bills this way. Another advantage is that aluminium is a light metal. When hung on the wall either vertically or horizontally, they will not put much strain on the wall itself. They will work well with weak walls.
When choosing radiators you can opt for colours as well as style. You need to consider if you can live with a certain colour for a long time and also that the style can fit in if you should want to change the interior design of your home.
Coloured radiators can be re-sprayed, but if you get fed up with, say, a radiator that looks like an artwork there is nothing much you can do about changing its appearance.
Designer radiators are made to last and some of them have very long warranties. So you can see that you need to be careful what you choose.
Now that many homes are properly insulated there is no need to place radiators under a window. That is just as well as designer models are there to be seen.
Further information about Designer Vertical Radiators or any other style, please go to https://www.designerradiatorsdirect.co.uk/.
If you are not on mains gas your choice of radiators will be more limited. You could either go for oil or you could have the whole house fitted with electric models.
There are two places where Electric Bathroom Radiators come into their own and that is of course in the bathroom, but if you have just had a conservatory built some of the styles could also look lovely there.
The beauty of these radiators is that they will cause minimum fuss when they are being installed as they do not need to be connected to your heating boiler. No piping needs to be laid, so floorboards don’t have to be lifted.
The best feature is that because they run independent from your boiler you can turn them on or off at will and you do not have to switch the boiler on to get some heat. This fact means that you can warm a room on a chilly summer evening or, if it is raining outside, you are able to hang soggy towels up in your bathroom.
Sometimes if your home is listed you are also limited on what you can do and it may be that you won’t be allowed to install gas heating or any other that require pipes to be laid.
Electric heaters can either be free standing or they can be hung on a wall. It all depends on your preference or whether free standing models will suit the age of your home better.
Heated towel rails do work very well if you choose the right model. As with any radiator you buy, you will have to make sure that you have the BTU of the room calculated. Of course, you may need a larger one if you have many towels to dry as they trap the heat somewhat.
The best thing to do is to ask advice from your retailer and the plumber who is going to fit your new radiator. If you are not sure, you could have an additional heater fitted if you have the room.
Many different styles of Electric Bathroom Radiators are to be found at https://www.designerradiatorsdirect.co.uk/.
20-years ago, it was practically unheard of to buy products online. Today, it can still sound a little odd to say “real-world” – that implies there's a fake world, and if you’d said that two decades ago, people would have worried for your sanity!
So, yes, for me, born in the 80s, it sounds odd to say “real world”. Growing up, a “real world” shop was just a shop, but with the internet, the shop can be virtual.
Anyway, enough of that daydreaming, today, I’m going to explain why there are still some advantages of buying radiators in a real world shop compared to when you buy radiators online.
Advantage 1: You Can See in Real-Life How the Radiator Looks
While virtual reality is almost here in a usable form, you can’t yet look at something online and get a feel for what it will really look like in real life. There is no substitution for actually using your eyes to assess and judge your radiator directly.
In a real-life shop, you can touch, you can hold, you can examine the radiator properly. This will give you a good idea about the quality and sturdiness of the radiator. When you buy your radiators online, you can’t see these things. Instead, you need to rely on other people’s reviews and opinions in order to assess a product. Those reviews are often biased and one-sided, so they don’t particularly help, either.
Advantage 2: Better Help and Knowledge
The online radiator websites are great. They have plenty of useful information and advice, but it’s not quite the same as talking to an expert in person. In a real-world shop, the people who work there often have in-depth knowledge about the product they are selling.
This makes it much easier for you to get decent advice about a product. Ex-plumbers and construction workers run many of these businesses, so they have plenty of useful information that will help you to make the best decision when it comes to buying your new radiators.
Advantage 3: Better Negotiating Opportunities
When you're buying products from a website, you can’t generally enter into a negotiation. You can really ask for a better price – who are you going to ask anyway? It’s not as if a real person permanently operates websites.
In a real-world shop, though, you can negotiate. Staff will often have some leeway in the type of discount they are allowed to offer. For example, you might find that if you buy multiple units of the same radiator, that they offer you a certain discount, or that they include a freebie in the sale.
When you buy radiator online, you can’t negotiate as easily as you can in the real world, and so you might miss some real bargains, as well as some added extras.
If you can, it is definitely worth taking a trip to your local radiator retailer to see if you can find any good deals. Before you go, check out the various websites so that you can contrast the various prices on offer at both. This gives you the best opportunity at finding radiators for the best price.
If you're interested in buying radiators, then please visit https://www.designerradiatorsdirect.co.uk/.
In the light of the terrible fire in our capital, where it is said an electrical appliance was at fault, is it safe to heat our homes on the cheap?
It seems that electric Cheap Radiators are more dangerous than heaters connected to the central heating system. Having said that, if you are on a tight budget, you should always buy your rads from a respected dealer rather than from some obscure website.
You can easily find a good supplier if you listen to social media and what they say. If you just pick one out of a hat you are on a slippery slope.
You will not know where they have been manufactured as the packaging may not specify it. It could be that they have been produced in Europe, but all the components have come from a far eastern country. These rads will have merely been put together in Europe and the components are of unknown quality.
If you buy from a safe site, you can do other things to lower your energy bills even further. Energy prices never go down and even if you switch companies you can never be sure whether you get the correct deal.
Installing double glazing and loft and wall insulation is a start. However, you could also place foil behind your radiators to deflect heat back into the room rather than the wall.
If a room is situated on the north side of the home, you could make extra thick curtains. It is good practice to do this for every room really. As you know, windows are always the weak point when it comes to letting the cold in.
The beauty of windows is that you can draw the curtains back when the sun is shining. This will give you free heat.
If you have an open fire place which is not in use, you can stop this up with a simple balloon gadget. A chimney needs to draw when a fire is going and there is much cold air coming down too if you don’t use it.
If you are on a budget and you need Cheap Radiators, they are obtainable from https://www.designerradiatorsdirect.co.uk/.
When it comes to your bathroom, your radiator is an important feature that too many people over look. Not only should it look nice, but it should also provide enough heat to prevent the accumulation of mould, mildew, and deep set damp.
To avoid common issues with bathroom radiators, it’s important that you make your choice wisely. Below, you will find four helpful tips that will enable you to choose the best radiator for your money.
Tip 1: Always Use a Btu/ph. Calculator to Work Out How Much Heat You Need in the Bathroom
A Btu/ph. calculator uses special algorithms to establish how much heat output a room requires from its radiator or radiators.
If you do not use a Btu/ph. then you will not be certain of the amount of heat required for the room, and you may choose a unit that does not offer sufficient warmth. This can lead to the aforementioned issues of mould, mildew, and damp.
N.B. make sure that you use a comprehensive Btu/ph. calculator. These calculators will take into consideration the fact that the radiator will go in the bathroom (and so will account for the additional need for heat to counteract the damp environment). If you use a simple calculator, it will not take into account the additional moisture from the bathroom.
Tip 2: Choose the Right Material
Radiators placed in the bathroom are notorious for creating a key problem: rust. If rust appears on your radiator, it can penetrate through the metal and create a hole, which will then leak and cause problems for the home.
It is important that you choose a highly rust-resistant unit for use in the bathroom. Otherwise, you are much more likely to find that your radiator springs a leak.
It’s also common for radiators to produce surface rust. While this isn’t problematic from the point of view of potentially causing leaks, it does look horrible and it will ruin the overall look of the bathroom.
Remember: choose a material that is rust resistant. Both stainless steel and aluminium are fairly rust resistance. However, before parting with any money, make sure that you do your research into a particular unit. Make sure that it is as rust resistant as the manufacturer is claiming.
Tip 3: Choose the Right Structure (Rail or Panel)
Next, you need to decide where you want to dry your towels. If you want to dry your towels on your bathroom radiator, then it makes sense to buy a rail radiator (aka towel radiator). This will allow you to keep your towels nice and dry.
We recommend buying either an electric or a dual fuel towel radiator so that you can switch it on during summer without it affecting the rest of the central heating system.
Tip 4: Consider Functionality
As well as offering you a place to dry your towels, modern bathroom radiators have multiple functionalities. For example, there are those that also double as mirrors, those who also have storage for your clean towels, and those that offer both of these plus a rail function.
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