The Do’s & Don’ts Of Positioning Your Radiator
- 1 The Do’s & Don’ts Of Positioning Your Radiator
- 1.1 Keep It Away From Furniture
- 1.2 Avoid Full-Length Curtains
- 1.3 Don’t Let The Pipework Dictate The Position
- 1.4 Choose A Style That Suits The Space
- 1.5 Could A Low Profile Radiator Be The Answer?
- 1.6 Have You Thought About Dual Fuel?
- 1.7 Would A Convector Radiator Be Better?
- 1.8 Don’t Forget To Insulate
- 1.9 So Go & Make The Most Of It!
If you have a radiator in your living room, it’s likely to be beneath the window, on an exterior wall.
And if you’re thinking of replacing it, you’ve probably assumed your new radiator needs to be mounted in exactly the same place.
But think again…
Although radiators have typically been installed in this position for decades, technological advances in home heating mean that traditional limitations, which may have restricted radiator placement in the past, have been removed.
Available in all sorts of wonderful shapes and sizes, today’s designer radiators can be fitted in a multitude of places, including alcoves and internal walls.
This can help to make the best use of limited wall space and create a striking focal point in the process – proving that radiators are no longer just a metal box that kicks out a bit of heat!
While you no longer need to fit your radiator under the window, there is some logic in doing so.
Historically, radiators were fitted in the coldest part of the room – the exterior wall – where cold air would enter and drop to the floor.
However, with double glazing standard in almost every home, we now have the freedom to position our radiators almost anywhere we choose. To ensure you get the best from your radiator and allow for optimum heat output, there are a number of important points to remember, though…
Keep It Away From Furniture
Wherever you choose to put it, try not to position your radiator behind large items of furniture, such as the sofa or cabinets. Doing so will restrict the flow of hot air around the room. Keep the immediate area surrounding the radiator as clutter-free as possible to allow the heat to successfully travel and permeate the room.
Avoid Full-Length Curtains
If your radiator is swamped by floor-length drapes, the heat is trapped, and cannot fill the room. Similarly, mid-length curtains can restrict the heat output of convector radiators which blow air from the top. Try and ensure your radiator is positioned away from curtains and upholstery that could affect its performance.
Don’t Let The Pipework Dictate The Position
While it’s tempting to stick with what’s already there, don’t let the pipework you currently have in place dictate where you place the radiator. Changing its location could free-up valuable wall and floor-space, which you’ll find can be put to better use.
Choose A Style That Suits The Space
Slim-line, vertical radiators are ideal for the kitchen, where wall-space is largely consumed by units and worktops. Choosing a style that is in keeping with the kitchen decor will also enhance the overall look of the room. Opt for a traditional, column radiator in country-farmhouse style kitchens, or a sleek, high-gloss model if your kitchen is contemporary.
Could A Low Profile Radiator Be The Answer?
If you’re heating a conservatory or a room with very low windows or a small amount of space, perhaps opting for a low-level radiator could be the answer.
They’re perfect for adding a little touch of luxury to a space and kick out a fair amount of heat considering their size.
You could say they are the pocket rocket of the radiator world.
Have You Thought About Dual Fuel?
If you’re replacing the heating in the bathroom, consider a dual-purpose heated towel rail, which will keep the bathroom cosy and welcoming, as well as the towels warm and dry. The right position is crucial here; be sure to place the rail as close as is possible to the shower or bath, so that towels are within reaching distance.
Would A Convector Radiator Be Better?
Similarly, if you have no choice but to place the radiator behind furniture due to space-restrictions in your room, consider choosing a convector radiator which will emit heat from the top instead of a panel which will radiate heat straight into the back of the settee or furniture.
Don’t Forget To Insulate
If you simply have no choice, or you do choose to place your radiator on an exterior wall, be sure to insulate it well. Placing a sheet of foil-faced, expanded polystyrene lining behind the radiator will ensure that heat is reflected back into the room, instead of being lost through the outside wall. This is a cheap and convenient way of maximising the heat output of your radiator.
So Go & Make The Most Of It!
Hopefully, these useful tips will give you the confidence and inspiration to think outside the box when it comes to positioning your radiator. And, with so many styles and finishes in the BestHeating.com range, the possibilities really are endless!
Stay safe and happy heating.