Choosing the right radiator

Knowing what type and size of radiator to buy is a difficult decision for many people.


There are different types of radiators to suit all needs and you will need to consider the different sources of heat, whether it be from an open fire, wood burner through to a fan heater and your central heating that your radiator is going to be used in conjunction with.

Your choice is also dependant on your style of home and decor.  If you were carefully renovating a Victorian period property in true to the era decor, you will want to install a cast iron radiator.

So finding the right size radiator for the size of your room will be essential to maximise the heat output.

Now if you have a modern contemporary house then something more streamlined, possibly a vertical radiator will be in keeping,  again the same principles apply.

Some useful information to help you along the way …

Vertical Radiators are less traditional shape, usually tall and thin, ideal for fitting into awkward spaces where space is at a premium.large-picchio-vertical-1

Horizontal radiators tend to be the perfect way to heat a room, with the width being able to reach all corners, there are endless size combinations available to suit all sizes of rooms.


Radiator materials the material used will determine how quickly your radiator will heat up and cool down.

Aluminium heats up quickly but will cool down just as fast, whereas cast iron will heat up slowly but will retain the heat for much longer.

The finish will also have bearing on performance, shiny chrome radiators are far less efficient.

 Radiator valves yes, you do need one!  They not only turn the radiator on and off but they will control the level heat into the room.  If you install one of the latest models they will be far more efficient and will save you money in the long run. These are ideal for rooms that aren’t used very much, as you can control the heat output to suit.Radiator valves

Position is another important factor when installing new radiators to any room.

Traditionally they have nearly always been positioned underneath a window.  This isn’t always the best location as much of the heat can be lost through draughty, ill fitting windows or hidden behind long curtains.

Another problem to consider, is ‘Can you afford to lose any wall space?’ If like many of us space is limited, the answer is probably NO!

So consider installing a couple of vertical radiators as they take up much less space and by installing a second radiator to the room it will boost the heat output.

If in doubt over any of these important decisions, and you don’t believe that your heating is doing it’s job then it may be time to get the professionals in!

That’s all for now folks!