What's Best For You
In selecting your radiator or towel warmer it is important that you consider the out-put required to heat your room. All you need to do is measure the length, height and width of the room to be heated and complete a BTU calculator such as the one in the below link. BTUs are British Thermal Units, the accepted measure of radiator output.
You don’t need to achieve the required output with one radiator so long as the total output of your selection closely matches your BTU requirement.
Hydronic, Electric or Dual Fuel?
As part of an existing central heating system, a hydronic radiator or towel warmer is a perfect choice for you. If you want to use your radiator independently of your central heating system, i.e. to dry towels in the summer, you should consider electric or dual fuel options. Dual fuel means that your radiator will function as part of your central heating system during winter, or independently for instance if you only want to dry a towel. If a room is not currently served by a central heating system, it may be cheaper to install an electrically powered radiator rather than to extend your plumbing.
Vertical, Horizontal or Free Standing?
Once output requirements are satisfied choice of style should be driven by taste. However there are important considerations such as the position of existing pipe work and the relative strength of walls.
The available materials are Stainless Steel, Aluminium, Mild Steel and Cast Iron.
Benefits of Stainless Steel?
- Stainless Steel is a luxury material and is offered with a 25 year guarantee.
- Non corrosive - stainless steel does not rust.
- Efficiency - Stainless steel radiators emit approximately 15% extra heat output than chrome plated steel radiators of the same size.
- Environmentally Friendly - Easy to recycle.
Benefit of Aluminium?
- Fast response - Aluminium’s high conductivity allows it to respond instantly to changes in water temperature, which is, in turn, controlled by the thermostatic radiator valve responding to room temperature.
- Efficient - With the fast response times, the central heating can be timed on a “just-in- time” basis, never heating an empty house either prior to arrival or after departure.
- Energy saving - Low water content contributes to a substantial saving in energy
- Environmentally Friendly - Easy to recycle
- Non corrosive - Aluminium radiators do not rust.
Benefit of Mild Steel
- Most versatile material for radiator manufacture.
- Because of its versatility, mild steel radiators are generally cheaper to produce.
- Our painted mild steel radiators benefit from Oxsilan passive rust protection processes.
- Produced using the latest technology.
Benefit of Cast Iron.
- Are an aesthetically pleasing reference to Victorian and Edwardian design.
- Continue to release heat after the central heating system is switched off.
- Cast to hand crafted designs.
- Hand finished for highest quality.