The Radiator Buyer’s Guide
How To Select The Best & Most Efficient Radiators For Your Home
You could be updating your existing heating or bringing a warm and cosy feeling to a space that doesn’t yet have it, but, whatever you are doing with your home’s heating, it’s only right that you know what the best radiators are.
If you are swapping out the boring metal box under your window and upgrading to a striking modern panel design, buying a new radiator is about understanding the practicalities of installation and selecting the best design.
- Do you need plumbed or electric radiators?
- Should you choose a horizontal or vertical design?
- Which is the best material for radiators – steel, cast iron or aluminium?
- What should the finish of the radiator be?
There are a lot of questions surrounding radiators that you might not ever think to ask!
With so much choice, it is vital that to get the sizing of your radiator right to ensure that your space is heated in the best way possible – but you want it to have a bit of style too!
So, let’s take a look at how to select the best, most efficient and stylish radiators on offer…
What Different Types Of Radiator Are There?
When selecting a radiator, you will typically have to choose between plumbed or electric variations.
These may be direct replacements for existing appliances or as an extension to your current heating system.
You may even choose to add an electric radiator that works independently of your central heating – typically when heating a conservatory or extension.
This can often save on expensive installation costs and be a little more practical than pulling up floorboards to move pipework or trying to work out if your boiler can handle the extra load.
Alternatively, you may opt for dual fuel heating which combines electric and plumbed power sources to give you greater heating control when you need it.
Let’s take a closer look at the different types you will find at BestHeating.com
DUAL FUEL RADIATORS
Choosing The Correct Radiator Size
Type 11 Convector Radiators
Type 21 & 22 Convector Radiators
Single Panel Designer Radiators
Double Panel Designer Radiators
Traditional Column Radiators
Heated Towel Radiators
Coloured Designer Radiators
Do I Need Radiator Valves Too?
Manual Radiator Valves
Thermostatic Radiator Valves
Smart Radiator Valves
The Living Room Radiator?
The Bedroom Radiator?
The Bathroom Radiator?
The Kitchen Radiator?
Other People’s Radiators?
John trained in journalism before finding his way to the BestHeating team. He uses his journalism skills to meticulously research heating topics and bring you the latest news and views on all things home heating related. He’ll also beat you at any sport that involves a cue!