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A Beginner's Guide to Buying New Radiators

If you are buying new radiators for your home for the first time, it can feel confusing. There are so many different options when it comes to radiators, that choosing the correct one for your situation isn't always obvious. 


If you need help and advice about buying a new radiator for your home, then you have come to the right place. Below, we are going to explore the various things that you need to be thinking about when buying a new radiator.


How are you going to power the radiator?

The first consideration to make is how you are going to power the radiator. In the UK, in general you have two choices. First, you can opt for central heating radiators. Second, you can opt for electric radiators. Each has their own advantages and disadvantages.


If you do not already have central heating, installing a complete central heating system will cost you around £10,000. That can be particularly expensive for many people, in which case, they would be better off buying electric radiators.


However, electric radiators are more expensive to run than central heating radiators are. This can pose a problem, so if you already have central heating, it's probably better to buy central heating radiators. None the less, there are still some advantages with buying electric contemporary radiators 


First, they are not connected to any water supply, and so you don't have the risk of burst pipes that you have with central heating.  Second, whilst electric radiators are more expensive right now, this might not be the case long term. We may end up paying more for our gas as time moves on. We also may end up paying less for our electricity as renewable energy sources take over.




Still, for now, most radiator experts agree that central heating radiators are the better option in terms of efficiency and cost.


What is your heat requirement?

When you buy a new radiator, you have to make sure that it can produce enough heat to keep the room warm. We measure heat output in British thermal units per hour. You need to work out how many British thermal units per hour a particular space requires and then match this to the radiator that you buy.


This is easy to do. All you need to do is use a BTU calculator, which you can find online. You just need to enter the dimensions of the room that you want to heat and fill in a few details and it will return you with your BTU rating. You then match that rating to the radiator that you purchase.


Where should you place the radiator? 

Finally, you need to think about where you are going to place the radiator. With central heating, you don't really have much choice: you place it where the pipes are. Although, you can pay to have the pipes changed - this will cost you a fair amount of money though. With electric radiators, you are much freer in terms of position. Here, you should place the radiator in the coldest spot in the room so that it heats the room up evenly. 


WE hope that you have found this brief guide useful. If you would like further help and advice about buying radiators, please visit https://www.designerradiatorsdirect.co.uk/contemporary-radiators.