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First Time Radiator Buyers: What You Need To Know

Here, we are going to explore the various things that you need to understand when buying a new radiator. This is intended to act as a beginner's guide for those of you who are buying new radiators for the first time. We will look at some of the basics of radiator purchasing so that you understand what you need to do in order to get it right.



Heat output: getting it right


Clearly, the most important Factor when buying a new radiator is that it provides enough for your room. Different radiators produce different amounts of heat and this is largely dependent on their surface area. This may make you believe that the larger the radiator, the greater the heat output.



This is not necessarily the case because the radiator manufacturers increase surface area without increasing the width and height of the radiator. For example, they might use multiple panels and multiple convector fins, which increase the surface area of the radiator without increasing the amount of wall space it will take up.


All radiators in the UK will have a rating known as a British thermal unit per hour rating, or BTU rating.  This is the number that you want to look for when choosing your new radiator. The first step in the process is to access the BTU calculator, which you can find online at most websites that sell radiators. 


The calculator will walk you through the various things you need to do, such as measure the size of the room, indicate whether it has double or single glazing, and whether it has a North-facing wall. You will enter all these details and then the calculator will return a BTU rating telling you how many BTUs you require in that particular room.


Once you have the BTU rating, you can then look for radiators that match that level of BTU heat output. With heat output, it doesn't matter about the brand of radiator e.g. weather it's Hudson Reed radiators, or just a bog standard radiator, the amount of heat produced is determined by the radiators BTU rating and not buy it brand name or size per se.



Designer radiators: are they worth it?


In the past, people used to stick to the traditional rectangular radiators, but with the arrival of designer radiators, such as Hudson Reed radiators, it's much more common for people to buy designer radiators. They are more expensive than standard radiators, but they can add a lot of character to a room.


You need to be careful when buying designer radiators that you buy a high quality Brand and that the radiator can produce enough heat for the room. Check out the reviews and see how other people rate the Brand and the model of radiator before you make your purchase. When research properly, a designer radiator can often add a lot more to a room than a traditional radiator, so from that perspective they can very well be worth it.


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