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Is There Ever an Appropriate Time to Buy Vertical Radiators?

The common sense understanding of radiators says that you should not buy vertical radiators, as they are less efficient than their horizontal counterparts are. Fortunately, this information is outdated – that’s great news because vertical radiators are the most stylish type and it would be a shame to stick to horizontal radiators all the time.

 

However, whilst vertical radiators do have their place, the conditions for buying them are relatively slim. If you want a radiator that is efficient and that heats the space, then a vertical radiator can sometimes fit the bill, but not necessarily in every scenario.

 

 

You need to know when it’s ok to buy tall radiators and when you should opt instead for horizontal radiators. This is the topic of the rest of the blog. Below, we are going to explore the circumstances when it’s OK to buy vertical radiators.

 

OK, so when it is OK to buy vertical radiators? The following list will help you to understand whether a vertical radiator is right for you, or not.

 

  1. Vertical Radiators Work Well in Small Spaces That Require a Lot of Heat

In small spaces that require a lot of heat, a horizontal radiator just won’t cut it. It will not be able to provide enough heat for the space. This is because you will be limited in the size of horizontal radiator that you can buy.

 

For example, if you only have a 50cm horizontal gap, then at best, you will be able to install a 50cm x 40cm horizontal radiator. This may produce 1000btu at most. On the other hand, in the same space, you can usually install a vertical radiator that has a surface area of at least 50xm x 80cm, and can therefore produce more btu, at least 2000btu, which is double that of the horizontal radiator.

 

Small spaces that require a lot of heat include rooms such as bathrooms, kitchens, and utility rooms. Vertical radiators work wonderfully well in such spaces. Small spaces may also include large rooms that have very little wall space, such as a busy living room or bedroom.

 

  1. Rooms On the Ground Floor (Or First Floor in Taller Homes)

The problem with tall radiators isn’t so much that they don’t produce enough heat (they will produce an equal amount of heat to a horizontal radiator all things being equal and the two being the same size), but that they distribute it in a less efficient way.

 

Heat rises, so naturally, the taller the radiator, the more you will lose heat through the ceiling. This is a problem if the roof is above the room, because you are effectively just heating your loft space. However, in downstairs rooms, or rooms that have another floor above them, they can actually work well because that “lost” heat simply warms the room above. It will also warm the same room, but not to the same degree as a horizontal radiator.

 

Top Tips for Choosing Attractive Radiators for Your Home

Radiators are one of the most overlooked items of interior design. That’s silly, because they take up such a large proportion of any given room – we could certainly be using them much more to our own advantage. We all spend a good amount of time decorating our space, so why do so many people choose to ignore the radiators?

 

We’re not sure, but if you're reading this article, then you're surely looking to change this type of thinking. Well, good job, because we have many great tips to help you make the right choices when it comes to your radiators. Radiators should be praised for the wonderful thing they can be: an extra level of style to any room.

 

When it comes to radiators, you can easily match them to your interior décor, you just need to know what you're doing. This is where we can help. Below, you are going to find some helpful tips for choosing new radiators to suit your room.

 

Matching the Radiator to Your Interior Décor

One of the key problems people have when it comes to buying stylish radiators is that they do not match the style of the radiator to the style of the room. The radiator may look amazing in the showroom, or in your friend’s living room (wherever you were inspired), but if you want it to look good in your home, then you need to match it to your style.

 

For example, if you have a country cottage, you're home probably suits cast iron column radiators. If you choose the flashy designer radiators, whilst they may look good as a standalone item, within the rest of your décor, they may appear odd.

 

The best tip for choosing attractive radiators for your home is to make sure that you match the style of the radiator to the style of the room.

 

Correct Positioning

Next, you have to make sure that you position the radiator correctly. It needs to have the right location or it can appear out of place. For example, sticking a designer radiator under a bay window can look odd, but sticking a cast iron column radiator underneath, or a chunky but short panel radiator, can look great. The latter two suit the space but the former type does not. With flashy designer radiators, they should be acting more as an artistic display and should have pride of place on one of your walls.

 

 

The final thing to note here is that if you're buying stylish radiators, you don’t want to hide them away behind furniture or in unloved corners. The whole point of buying this type of radiator is that they look good in the space – don’t hide them away.

 

The Choice of Finish and Material

Finally, you should think carefully about the finish and the material of the radiator. Matt finishes tend to look better amongst traditional styles, such as The English Country look. Shiny finishes work better in executive spaces, such as a lovely executive home.

What Are the Most Important Things to Look for When Buying a New Radiator?

Radiators have changed significantly in recent times. If you're buying new radiators, and you haven’t done so for a while, you might need to learn a little bit more about what’s on offer. Today, we are going to talk you through the various features you should be considering when buying a new radiator – it’s not all about the money! At least, not the short-term costs…

 

 

The Panels

In the past, radiators UK used to have a single panel. That’s literally all a radiator was: one panel of metal that contained hot water.

 

The surface area of a radiator directly affects the amount of heat that it can produce. The manufacturers of modern radiators realised that if they could increase the surface area of a radiator, they could produce more heat. At the same time, they didn’t want to increase its size in a way that was impractical.

 

Their solution was to double the amount of panels. This takes up more space in one sense (i.e. it makes the radiator thicker), but the space it uses isn’t useable space anyway (you shouldn’t place things in front of a radiator). They knew that by doubling the panels they could increase the amount of heat produced and minimise the amount of extra space it would take up.

 

Nowadays, they’ve gone a step further: you can buy triple panel radiators! These are 3x more efficient than the old-style, single-panel, radiators are.

 

If you're looking for the most efficient radiators, then go for one with a triple panel.

 

Convector Fins

As well as increasing the number of panels, the radiator manufacturers realised that they could incorporate fins between the panels, which would increase the surface area even more. Convector fins help to double the amount of heat that a radiator can produce for the same amount of energy.

 

The best radiators are those that have triple panels and double convector fins. They pump out more than 5x as much heat for the same cost as a single panel radiator.

 

TRVs: Thermostatic Radiator Valves

These are a special type of valve that effectively acts as a thermostat for an individual radiator – hence their name. They maintain the radiator at the heat that you set by turning the valve to the required setting (i.e. however hot or cold you want your space to be). The valve then works automatically: opening when the radiator cools down too far and closing when the radiator heats up too much.

 

They are very clever, and yet so incredibly simple. They use wax that melts or solidifies depending on the temperature of the radiator, and this the turns the valve on and off. It means that you don’t have to do anything – the radiator sorts itself out, by turning itself on and off. This is definitely a money saving technology, and one that you should always choose for your new radiators.

 

Designer Radiators Cost You Less In The Long Run

Perhaps you are not familiar with the awful and cumbersome radiators that first came on the market a long time ago. They were not very efficient and sometimes too hot or too cold. In our grandparents’ time the heat could also not be adjusted and they often clunked.  They needed endless bleeding to keep the heat even in them.

 

However, if you still have these monsters in your home and you are fed up looking at them, perhaps you should have them replaced with Designer Radiators. You have no idea how these can transform a dull looking room.

 

 

These rads especially have revolutionised how our modern bathroom looks today. If you should revamp your bathroom rather than adding a conventional ladder type on which to hang towels, why don’t you go for a more creative design?

 

After the living spaces, a bathroom is the most often visited room in the home for obvious reasons. If you remodel this space, you will instantly feel more relaxed when you take a long bath or shower. Because we are so busy earning a crust these days there is nothing more relaxing than to shut yourself away in a calm room after a day’s work.

 

Why should you opt for a designer model? If your budget is generous the answer is why not. Although they are more costly than mass produced heaters, they are still affordable. Nowadays, because people are increasingly choosing the more futuristic styles, prices have come down because production costs have come down.

 

You are doing yourself a favour choosing more up to date models as the old bulky ones were not especially energy efficient. Any modern radiator will instantly lower running costs and the initial outlay will pay for itself in a relatively short time because of it.

 

Some radiators like the aluminium ones use less water than others in its range which lowers costs even further. Moreover they are also very responsive and will heat a space up in no time.

There Are Endless Possibilities Choosing A Contemporary Design

If your home is looking lacklustre and dull, there is nothing better than to give it a makeover. You may be on a budget and perhaps you could only go as far as changing the colour scheme.

 

 

One way for sure you can change your décor is to have some contemporary radiators fitted in places where they can be seen and admired. Many of these are a feature in any room rather than a piece of furniture that merely heats the home.

 

If you should choose a designer model you will notice that you have endless choices available to you because there are many styles, colours and designs available.

 

There are of course traditional designs with a modern twist, but there are also modern styles with a contemporary look to them that will enhance the look of your room.

 

Since any radiator whether modern or traditional give you efficient heat, you will still need to work out the heat you need to keep the interior comfortable. For this you will have to work out the BTUs needed. You can either do this yourself or have it worked out by your plumber.

 

Vertical radiators are often preferred these days as they will give you the same heat when you have limited wall space. They heat large areas, but they take up far less room.  Even the flat panel varieties have been revamped and they save floor space too by sitting close to a wall.  They are ideal for modern more compact homes where space is at a premium.

 

If you are not a lover of contemporary design there are plenty of really stunning traditional designs available such as, for instance, a column radiator. They are a far cry from the bulky heaters that were produced so many years ago.

 

You need to know that the more columns they have, the more heat they will chuck out and they are an ideal choice for period homes where vintage is key as far as décor is concerned.

There Are Endless Possibilities Choosing A Contemporary Design

If your home is looking lacklustre and dull, there is nothing better than to give it a makeover. You may be on a budget and perhaps you could only go as far as changing the colour scheme.

 

 

One way for sure you can change your décor is to have some contemporary radiators fitted in places where they can be seen and admired. Many of these are a feature in any room rather than a piece of furniture that merely heats the home.

 

If you should choose a designer model you will notice that you have endless choices available to you because there are many styles, colours and designs available.

 

There are of course traditional designs with a modern twist, but there are also modern styles with a contemporary look to them that will enhance the look of your room.

 

Since any radiator whether modern or traditional give you efficient heat, you will still need to work out the heat you need to keep the interior comfortable. For this you will have to work out the BTUs needed. You can either do this yourself or have it worked out by your plumber.

 

Vertical radiators are often preferred these days as they will give you the same heat when you have limited wall space. They heat large areas, but they take up far less room.  Even the flat panel varieties have been revamped and they save floor space too by sitting close to a wall.  They are ideal for modern more compact homes where space is at a premium.

 

If you are not a lover of contemporary design there are plenty of really stunning traditional designs available such as, for instance, a column radiator. They are a far cry from the bulky heaters that were produced so many years ago.

 

You need to know that the more columns they have, the more heat they will chuck out and they are an ideal choice for period homes where vintage is key as far as décor is concerned.

Vertical Heaters: Do They Have Their Place?

Because of rising energy bills, more and more of us are starting to pay close attention to our energy bills, and especially our heating bills. We are now more concerned than ever to be as efficient as possible with our energy requirements. One thing that has manifested out of this is the general idea that vertical heaters should be avoided at all costs. But is this true? This is the topic of the article and we will address the issues throughout.

 

The first thing we want to clarify is that vertical radiators are not the bad option that they are made out to be. They can be a bad choice, but this is not always the case. You should avoid using them under certain circumstances, but in other situations, they are actually the best choice. Let’s explore this in more depth now…

 

In terms of heat output, they can produce as much heat as any other radiator of the same size and BTU rating. The difference between a vertical and horizontal radiator in this regard is the way that they distribute heat around the room. Horizontal radiators are more efficient at distributing heat in an even and broad manner. They heat up more of the room across a horizontal axis. This means that they are better at heating larger rooms.

 

However, there are two issues to address here:

 

  1. Vertical radiators might not spread heat as efficiently in a larger room, but in a smaller room, they tend to perform better because they produce more heat for the same amount of space. The horizontal radiators can sometimes be too big to fit in small spaces, and this means choosing a smaller radiator. In turn, the smaller radiator produces less heat, and so it is less efficient than the vertical heater, which can produce as much heat as a larger horizontal radiator can produce in the same space.

 

 

  1. Some vertical heaters have convection fins that point the heat towards the floor and out in a fanning pattern. This means that they can cover a much broader area with their heat than the same radiator without convector fins would be able to do. This in turn means that modern vertical heaters, with convector fins, can almost match horizontal radiators in terms of heat distribution. They aren’t quite as good, but they are much better than they used to be and they are almost on a par with the horizontal radiators.

 

 

Vertical heaters are also better in some places than horizontal radiators are. For example, if you want to place your radiators on a north facing wall and that wall has a French door or French windows, then it can be better to place two vertical heaters on either side of the door or window, rather than having a single horizontal radiator somewhere on that wall. The two radiators will be more efficient than the single radiator will be.

 

Finally, vertical heaters have the key advantage that they look better than horizontal heaters. The manufactures design them with fun and classic shapes that make them appear much more elegant than other types of radiator appear.

 

We hope that you have found this article useful and that you now understand that while vertical heaters aren’t necessarily a good option, under certain circumstances, they are actually the best choice. As such, you should never write them off as impractical or inefficient.

How to Improve the Heating in Your Home without Turning up the Heat

We’ve had an unusually cold winter this year, and many of us have received rather hefty energy bills. In fact, they were so large that the UK government has issued vouchers for some households to compensate them for the additional spend.

 

Wouldn’t it be great if there were things that you could do to improve the heating in your home without having to turn it up, and without having to spend the extra cash? Well there is, and we are going to teach you the various tricks that the professionals use to keep their homes nice and toasty on the cheap.

 

Now, you might be asking why we are writing this article now, at the end of winter. Good question. It’s simply because some of the tips below are more cost effective if you do them now. They are usually tasks that people do in winter, and so the retailers increase their prices because they know there’s a lot of demand. In spring, the prices come down, so the perfect time to do these home improvements is now.

 

Tip 1: Block Out Those Nasty Drafts

The first thing you need to do is secure the home against drafts. There are many places where the drafts come in, but must notably it happens around windows and doors.

 

The first thing to do is to seal any gaps. For example, if you have a drafty letterbox, then install a back bin behind it. Not only will this catch your letters and stop them falling on the floor, but it will also stop drafts from coming in. Second, you can use putty and poly filler to seal gaps in doors, doorframes, and window frames.

 

Make sure that you also install ventilation outlets. You need some air in the house or it will develop problems such as condensation. You can then choose when to open the vents and so control when that cold air gets in.

 

Tip 2: Insulate the Roof

So, the recent snow may have shown you how well insulated your roof is. If the snow melted quickly, it means that your roof isn’t very well insulated and you need to do something about it. The government runs a number of schemes that allows you to insulate your roof free of charge. See if you are eligible. If not, it’s relatively cheap to do yourself, should cost around £300 at the most, and will save you money in the long term.

 

 

Tip 3: Make Sure Your Radiators Are Efficient

It might be worth doing an efficiency check on the radiators, or even changing them over. Now, when it comes to efficiency there are a few things to consider. Colour doesn't make much difference; anthracite radiators produce a similar amount of heat to white radiators. The only issue is reflective radiators (e.g. chrome). They are only efficient for use with towels. In terms of other aspects, triple panel and double convector finned radiators are the best on the market right now.

Black And Mirrored Heat

Nearly every home in the UK has a central heating system. But most of us just take it for granted until the boiler malfunctions.

 

Few people are able to tell how old their heating system is. And boiler along with the radiators may be well over ten years of age.

 

Your annual servicing engineer is likely to be able to guess with some accuracy the age of your system. If it’s more than ten years old, the boiler at least should be changed.

The newer the boiler the greater the efficiency. And the new combi-boilers are extremely compact, meaning they can be hidden away in a small cupboard.

 

Because we take an old system for granted, it’s very unlikely that you will have idled away a couple of hours looking at the new generation of radiators available online.

 

 

If you do take this trouble, then it will come as a surprise to see how attractive the latest models are. Some of the best-looking ones are the anthracite horizontal radiators. Most of us with old systems will automatically associate radiators as white painted steel panels.

 

But anthracite is just one of the many other materials used today. Anthracite is the hardest form of coal. It has a lustre that makes it hint of deep blue. These radiators make a statement in a newly decorated room.

 

The contrast between the radiator and background wall covering can be dramatic. If you want to make that even more attractive, then there are some horizontal anthracite radiators that have a middle section of a mirror.

 

Killing two jobs with one is not unusual with many new radiators. There are other large radiators that look just like a full-length wall mirror.

 

These can look great in a bedroom. And they are always a clever trick to give the illusion that the entrance hall in a home is much longer than it really is.

 

Another room where a mirrored radiator is well worth considering, is the bathroom. As the mirror is also the radiator, there is never any presence of steam or condensation.

Heat In Every Shape And Size

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.

Vertical Radiators: When Are They the Perfect Choice?

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.

 


 

Appearance

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.

 

Heat Output

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.

 

Small Spaces

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.

 

What Are the Advantages of Central Heating Compared to Electric Radiators?

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 Cost

The primary concern with the difference between central heating and electric heating is cost. Here are a few things to note:

 

  1. Central heating can be very expensive if you need to install a new system. If the property does not have central heating, then it will cost around £10K to have it installed.

 

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.

 

 

  1. If the central heating has already been installed, then there’s no doubt about it: central heating radiators are cheaper to run than electric radiators…for now. As mentioned above, as renewable energy becomes cheaper to make, the cost of electricity will come down, and it may even drop below gas prices, making central heating more expensive than electric heating.

 

The Risks

Both central heating and electric radiators have an inherent risk, but which is riskier?

 

  1. Electric radiators have a fire hazard risk. If they are not well maintained, they can catch alight and cause fire. Dust can get into the unit and act as tinder. This is clearly extremely dangerous, and from this perspective, something that most of you will want to avoid.

 

  1. Central heating radiators pose a risk too. Fortunately, it is not a risk to the person. Instead, the risk is that a pipe may burst and this can cause damage to your house. This can be incredibly expensive, but it is much less of a danger than the electric radiators are. Furthermore, burst pipes tend to be covered by insurance policies. It’s inconvenient, but easily fixed. Electric fires are covered by insurance too, but they can’t reimburse you on a life.

 

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.

 

How to Get It Right When Choosing Radiators for Your Kitchen

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):

 

  1. Install a thermostat in the kitchen: this way, the temperature of the room can be controlled by the thermostat. It will turn your central heating down once it reaches temperature so it doesn’t matter where the heat is coming from.

 

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.

 

 

  1. Thermostatic radiator valves: these offer the perfect solution for your kitchen radiators. The thermostats will sense the temperature of the room, but rather than turning your central heating on or off, it will adjust the radiator instead.

 

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.

Top Reasons Why You Might Consider Having Your Radiators Made to Order

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.

 

Top Tips for Getting the Best Use from Your Radiators

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/.

How to Choose a Heating Specialist for Your Central Heating: 5 Things They Need to Know

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.

 

  1. Qualifications that conform to Building Regulations

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.

 

  1. Knowledge of different types of heating

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.

 

  1. An understanding of energy efficiency

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.

 

  1. Information on maintenance and servicing processes

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.

 

  1. Experience and knowledge of power flushing

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.