To improve the efficiency of your homes heating and updating the look of your room it might be a good idea to buy a new radiator. There are many options to choose from so you don’t have to be limited by the size and style of the radiator that you are replacing. In this guide we will take you through what you need to consider when buying your new radiator!
How Many and What Size Radiators do I need?
If you need a plumbed or electric radiator you will need to know about BTU’s. All you need to know is the dimensions of your room and the type of windows that you have. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, which represents how much energy it takes to heat 1 pound of water by 1-degree Fahrenheit. Every radiator has a BTU rating which tells you how many BTUs they produce. This is a quick and easy way of letting you know how much heat your radiator will generate.
Where Should I Install my Radiator?
If your wall is made from solid masonry, brickwork or blockwork then you will have the greatest choice of radiators. If you have the right fixings, then larger radiators can be hung from strong solid walls.
Avoid installing your radiator behind big pieces of furniture as this will stop the heat from travelling around your room.
If you’re hanging your radiator on an external wall, then this can be easily done with a heat reflector.
If your wall is made from plasterboard with hallow space behind then you will need to identify where the studs run. A stud finder is a helpful tool that will help you find the studs with ease. Studs are the stronger parts of a wall and your radiator will have to be hung from these.
Plumbed or Electric
Your house will either use electric radiators or use a plumbed hot water central heating system. If you are looking to add more or replace radiators then you want to use the system that you already have, although there are some instances where you might want to switch. An electric radiator can be easier to install if your plumbed central heating doesn’t presently run so it can be a good solution for loft conversions, extensions and conservatories.
Choosing your Radiator
Central Heating Radiator – these styles of radiators have the highest heat output and greatest efficiency of all plumbed radiator styles which makes them a popular choice in a lot of homes. You can get single panel styles for smaller rooms or double panels for larger room which produce more heat and stick out further from the wall.
Column Radiator – if you are looking to add charm into your home then a column radiator will be the best option for you!
Vertical Radiator – these come in an array of colours and styles which fix into thin wall spaces and make a creative alternative to more traditional ones.
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