How to choose a radiator

How to choose a radiator

Radiators are the most popular choice for central heating. They keep your home or office at a regular temperature and are unobtrusive, when attached to the wall. If you are looking to replace your radiators, you may wonder how you go about it. Here is our quick guide:

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Before adding or replacing a radiator, make sure that you get the right size for the room. To do this, you will need to calculate the number of British Thermal Units (BTU) recommended. To work that out, measure your room in metres. Multiply the length, by the width, by the height to get the total volume in square metres of the room. Now multiply that number by 153, and you have the recommended number of BTU for the room.

Note that this is just a base figure. If the room has multiple outside walls, has no insulation or faces north, then you will need to adjust the figures. If you’re replacing, it might be tempting to just put the same size radiators in, but with advances in technology, you may find that you don’t need such a large radiator to heat the room size.

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Radiators come in a variety of different types. These include single panel with or without convector, double panel with or without convector and double panel with two or three convectors. The output of these different types varies, so you will need to compare them with your BTU target for the room.

Radiators are made from different materials. For most rooms, aluminium radiators such as these will give you the warmth you need, with the ability to paint them to suit your décor. Chrome-finished radiators are also available, but their coating insulates them, making them less efficient.

Saving money

Modern radiators are more energy efficient than their older counterparts, so you will probably notice that your bills reduce. You can maximise on this by using energy efficiency advice from Good Housekeeping:

While older radiators were purely functional, modern radiators are available in a range of styles and finishes that allow you to make a statement about yourself and your home while you heat it. If you prefer to keep things simple, you can still ring the changes style-wise using radiator covers. These can also be a safety feature if you have young children.