If you ask your parents or your grandparents, they’ll probably say choosing a radiator is a no brainer. As before they would have just chosen a white horizontal one and the biggest choice would have been whether it was made of steel or cast iron. Lucky for us, we’re now in the new world of radiator design, they’re inventive in style, colour, material, shape and size.
Although the appearance of radiators has changed, their purpose still remains the same which is why we still need to take into consideration a few other factors before choosing a radiator.
What to consider?
The heat output - Calculating the heat output required for each room is crucial before choosing a radiator. Depending on the size/ volume of your room you will need to calculate how high the heat output needs to be. You can work this out by simply using this online BTU Calculator. We would suggest you consider this a guideline before consulting with a plumber or heating engineer as they would be the best person to decide this for you.
The location – A few years ago, deciding on the location of a radiator was an easy one, as it would usually be placed in the coldest part of the room which was typically on an external wall under a window. However nowadays, homes are usually well insulated and have double glazed windows, meaning this cold spot no longer exists. Also, with all the variances in size and heat output options modern radiators give you, you now have endless locations you could consider. You can even have two radiators in your room instead of one and half the heat output for each as we discussed in our recent podcast ‘Getting hotter and hotter room by room’.
The design - Deciding on which radiator is going to best match the design of your room is a factor that should be taken into account, especially now that radiators play an important role in the overall look and feel of your room. At Heating Style we have a complete range of stylish designer radiators that’d be perfect for any room. For the bathroom our vertical towel warmers are very popular and for those that want to go for a more modern style there is our Terma Ouse Radiator. We also discovered the perfect radiators for your kitchen in our recent blog post – ‘Heat your kitchen in style’.
Why not speak to us today if you have a room that needs heating, and you need some inspiration?