When it comes to radiators, most households pay them very little mind. They might have the radiators and boiler serviced once a year and then forget about it for the rest of the year. However, if you do this, you're missing a trick, because you can vastly improve your central heating system with the addition of various accessories. In this article, we are going to explore some of the best accessories that you can buy for your radiators.
Central heating inhibitors
A central heating inhibitor is something that is added to the water in your radiators to help the radiators perform better. They can do a number of different things, such as coating the surface of the interior of the radiator with special chemicals that help prevent the build-up of lime scale. This is especially important in areas that have hard water, which is actually most of the UK.
Other types of inhibitor include ingredients that help reduce chemical reactions within the radiator. This can help to prevent your radiator from becoming rusty or creating other types of debris.
Whenever you install a new radiator, you should always add an inhibitor to the system to help keep it functioning properly. You can add it to any central heating radiator, including designer rads.
Radiator foil is a special type of insulating foil that you place behind your radiators. It prevents heat from radiating into the wall where it is absorbed and wasted. It reflects the heat back into the room so that the room gets as much heat as possible from the radiator.
This is especially helpful for people who are looking to save money on their central heating system as it can reduce wasted heat and make your overall central heating system more efficient.
These are special fans that you attach to the top of your radiator which then push the hot air out into the room. Some people love them, other people hate them, but they're worth trying if you've never come across them before.
The only thing we would say is that if you're adding them to designer rads, they can take away from the look of the radiator and make it less attractive to look at.
There is now a huge range of radiator valves that you can buy in fun and fantastic styles. They’re a good choice if you want to make your radiators stand out a little bit more. For example, if you have bought the designer radiator or a cast iron radiator, you might want to make that a feature of the room, and a decorative valve can really help achieve that.
If you are using thermostatic radiator valves, you might not be able to find them in your style, but it's definitely worth looking because decorative thermostatic valves have become increasingly popular in recent years and they're relatively common now.