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.
Are you interested in buying a new radiator for your bathroom? If so, please visit http://www.designerradiatorsdirect.co.uk/.