We tend to think of radiators as something whose sole purpose is to provide warmth to our homes. But they have come a long way from those ugly white radiators that we can all remember. Now they can be a prominent design feature rather than something to be hidden away.
In this guide, we’re going to start by helping you consider which radiator fuel source is the best option for your home before introducing you to the world of designer radiators. From a grey radiator with an anthracite finish through to jet black and mirror finishes, there is no need to stick with traditional white unless you really want to!
Radiator Fuel Source
So, before you begin to think about the radiator design, it’s important to consider the fuel source because that may have some limitations to the appearance.
Electric radiators are pure simplicity to use. Simply plug them in, and they’ll start throwing out heat. There’s no need for annual servicing from an approved engineer and no worries about boiler pressure, and all the things can cause concern with gas.
As with anything, there can be downsides too, which might include the cost of running them. Electricity prices seem to be continually going up. When you need to be warm, that last thing you want is a nagging worry about how high the bill will be.
Gas Central Heating Radiators
Gas is the most common fuel used in central heating systems. The majority of homes in the UK are connected to the gas mains supply, and that makes installation quick and easy. With that popularity comes a huge range of choices for both the radiators and the boiler.
If we were to consider the disadvantages of gas, well one is the impact that it has on the environment. That has led the UK Government to commence discussions banning new homes from connecting to a gas supply in the coming years.
Dual Fuel Radiators
Dual fuel radiators include an electrical heating element on top of a standard heating system. When you switch on the central heating system, the dual cell radiator will operate. Also, when the heating system is off, you can then turn on the electrical element in your radiator to warm up a room.
A dual fuel radiator is ideal for cold areas in your home that need warmth without turning on the entire central heating system. Many of us like a warm living area but prefer the bedroom to be cooler, so this could be one way of achieving that balance.
Now let’s take a look at what’s available when it comes to the design of your radiator.
Just as the name suggests, vertical radiators are taller than wide. This design is perfect for homes where space is tight, and you’re reluctant to give up space to a standard horizontal radiator.
Do be aware, though, that vertical radiators are not able to provide the same heat output as you would anticipate from a horizontal radiator. This is because they don’t have the same length to enable the drawing of cold air for convection. Do be aware, though, that this doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going to be less efficient and so cost more to run.
Vertical radiators don’t tend to be blocked by furniture, which can mean that you get a higher level of heating performance.
If you’re looking for a contemporary feel, then mirror radiators should be on your shortlist. The combination of mirror and radiator is an excellent option for smaller areas with their reflective ability to bring light into the room.
Designer mirror radiators come in a variety of sizes and colours, so whether you’re looking to bring some sparkle into the bathroom or a big statement piece in the living room, you’ll be able to find something suitable.
If you imagine a radiator with a row of tubes, then you’re looking at a column design. According to AP News, column radiators provide high levels of heat as well as retain heat longer. By choosing how many columns, the design has, you can ensure that you’ll be able to heat the room to comfort levels.
We also love how column radiator becomes a feature within contemporary, modern homes.
Picture radiators are one of the newest innovations in heating. You’ll be able to choose a stock image from the supplier or use a photo of your own. This type of radiator tends to be made of carbon steel and is then indelibly imprinted with the image. This means there should be no worries about the image peeling or cracking over time.
The speed at which a radiator heats up or cools down is greatly determined by the material it’s made from.
Mild steel radiators – these are relatively cheap but still come in a range of designs. Mild steel is the most commonly used material in radiators due to its steady heating and cooling properties.
Stainless steel radiators – this is a more expensive option, but they provide a higher quality level than other materials. Stainless steel also stays warmer for longer after switching off your heating, and it doesn’t rust.
Aluminium radiators – once you switch on your heating, aluminium radiators immediately start to heat your home because it acts as what’s called a superconductor. Aluminium is also lightweight and easy to install. However, aluminium radiators can be inefficient in the winter because they cool quickly after turning off the heating.
Take Your Time Choosing the Perfect Radiator
With so many options available, it’s now more important than ever to take time to consider what the right style of radiator is for your home.
Whether you’re looking for a heating solution that’s fitting with the period features of your home or a statement piece to catch the eye of your visitors, one thing is for sure, and that’s radiators no longer need to be hidden away out of sight.
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