Marcus Orchard provides an expert guide to radiators

Marcus Orchard, Managing Director at The Radiator Company, offers his top tips and advice on choosing the right heating solution.

1. Where to place radiators
Always consult a plumber or merchant early on in a project to discuss the location of radiators and placement of pipework. This will help position radiators to best make use of the space available, whilst avoiding the issue of concealing them behind large objects such as sofas, which will reduce the radiator’s ability to heat a room. Installing multiple radiators will help distribute heat evenly throughout a room. Traditionally, radiators are placed in the coldest parts of the room, such as under windows or against outside walls to counteract the cold convection of air entering the room. Due to the increasing adoption of double-glazing and high-tech insulation, this is not always necessary.

Give a thought to the design of a room and decide where radiators are best located to improve the use of space – underutilised areas such as chimney breasts and tight corners are ideal for tall, thin radiators.

2. Ensure the design will heat the room
Choosing the correct size of radiator has a direct impact upon its ability to heat a room. To calculate the room’s heat output requirement, refer to our free online heat output calculator. The result of the calculation is represented in BTUs or watts, which are standard measurements of heat output used by all showrooms and merchants to help customers find the correct size of radiator. If your desired radiator does not produce enough heat output, ask if it is available in greater depths – some radiators have double or triple options that produce higher outputs without increasing the height and width of the radiator. Alternatively, find a similar radiator that produces your desired heat output.

3. Make them a feature of the room
Radiators will be a permanent fixture in your room – decide whether your client wants to make a feature of them, or minimise their impact by having them painted to work with a colour scheme. When positioning radiators, create visual balance with its surroundings, for example, radiators located under windows should be of a similar width to the window itself to deliver a more visually-appealing result, whilst tall, thin radiators can be used to create a columnar effect.

4. Colours and finishes
Think about the design and finish of a radiator. There is an abundance of styles available to suit all interior designs, most of which can be finished in a choice of colours and special finishes. Whether you want your radiators to blend into your interior design with neutral tones or make them a focal point with vibrant colours and mottled effects, you can opt to have radiators powder coated in one of over 200 colours and special finishes prior to delivery.

5. Accessorise
Valves are a necessity with any radiator so pick a set that matches the style and finish of the radiator. Look out for additional accessories such as towel bars, shelving and hanging pegs, which can enhance the look and functionality of your radiator. Valves come in a variety of designs to match all radiators.



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