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The Three Most Important Things to Consider When Buying a Vertical Radiator

Are you thinking of buying a vertical radiator? If you are, it is important that you read this article so that you understand what you should be looking for from this style of radiator. It could be that a vertical radiator is a poor choice for your specific circumstances. 


You do not want to buy the wrong orientation of radiator for your space.  It will be inefficient and expensive to run. Below, you will find three of the most important things that you should be considering when buying a vertical radiator. This will help you to avoid buying the wrong type of radiator for your space and for your requirements.


Make sure that a vertical radiator is appropriate for the space

The first thing you need to do is to make sure that you are correct in buying a vertical radiator. Vertical radiators are only suitable for small spaces that require a lot of heat, where a horizontal radiator of the necessary heat output (BTU) is too big for the space.  


If you put a vertical radiator where a horizontal one could go instead, it often makes the room less energy efficient because horizontal radiators distribute heat more evenly and comprehensively across the room.


However, sometimes, horizontal radiators of the correct heat output are too large for the space.


The other exception is when placing radiators on either side of a door or tall window. In this case, placing two vertical radiators on either side of the door/window is more functional than placing a single horizontal radiator to one side or the other of the door/window.


Make sure that the radiator has sufficient heat output for the room

Next, you need to ensure that the radiator can provide enough heat for the room. In the UK, the output is measured in British thermal units (BTU).   To work out how many BTU are required in the room, you can use a BTU calculator. If you choose to install a vertical radiator, then add 10% of the BTU value to the result. 


  • For example, if a calculator tells you the room needs 2000 BTU, and you're buying a vertical radiator, you need to buy a radiator with 10% more output, i.e. a 2200 BTU radiator. 


This will help account for the difference in heat distribution between vertical and horizontal radiators. The calculators are designed for horizontal radiators.


Make sure the radiator is piped from top to bottom

The radiator being piped from top to bottom makes it more efficient. It ensures that the entire radiator is heated. If the heat only comes through a bottom pipe, it will take a lot longer for the top of the radiator to heat up and it will never become as hot as the bottom of the radiator.


However, by having it piped at the top, it ensures an even distribution of hot water through the radiator.


In conclusion

When buying a vertical radiator, you have to take the above three factors into consideration.  This will help to ensure that you are buying a radiator that suits your space and budget.