radiatorAt this time of year, many homeowners turn their attention to their heating system for the first time in a while. Perhaps you’ve decided that your bathroom radiators or heated towel rails are long overdue a replacement, and if that’s the case you’ll be wise to consider the following guide. It’s not always easy to know where to begin with designer radiators, so focus on these points.


How will your radiator work?

This needs to be your first consideration in most cases. Plumbed hot water radiators may or may not be installed in your home, and if that is the case then your best choice is probably to work with that rather than go for electric heating.

How much heat do you need?

The heat output required to satisfactorily heat a room can be worked out mathematically using a BTU (British Thermal Units) calculator. Radiators will all carry a BTU so you can judge how appropriate each one would be for your room.

Where can you fix it?

Most radiators will need to be permanently attached to your wall. If the wall in your room is built from solid brick or similar strong materials, you shouldn’t be too limited with where you place a radiator. Thin walls which are hollow inside may not be able to take the weight, and you’ll only be able to attach your radiator to the studs or supporting beams are.

Are your pipes suitable?

You need your plumbing to be in top working order when fitting a new radiator, and the pipes need to be able to physically connect up to the new heater as well. If the pipes run through the floor in your room this is often more complicated than if they run straight along the wall, unless the new radiator fits in exactly the same way as your old one.

Are valves necessary?

Most radiators designs are fitted with either one or two valves which can be used to adjust their output, sometimes including a thermostat to make this easier to do. Many different styles and types of valves are available, so you should be able to easily coordinate your valves with your chosen radiator.

How does it look?

Despite all these practical points above, the overall look is often what people start with when they’re looking for designer radiators, which is understandable. After all, you may be looking at your radiator every single day and it’s usually a noticeable feature in any room, so it’s well worth investing in an attractive option that fits the visual style you’re going for.

At TradePlumbing we specialise in balancing all the above requirements and more, making sure our product range caters to as many different styles as possible. Take a look through our categories to find exactly what you need, or contact us for further advice.