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.