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Heat Output & Efficiency: Is It Worth Buying a Designer Radiator?

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.