New radiators can be a great way to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating and update the look of a room.
You don't have to be limited by the size and style of radiator that you’re replacing, there are loads of options to choose from, which will fit with your style and generate the right amount of heat for your room.
In this guide, we’ll take you through what you need to consider when buying your new radiator. You’ll also be introduced to our handy BTU calculator which will tell you how many and what size radiators you’ll need, at just the click of a button.
Our FAQs will answer the most common questions our customers have when it comes to buying a new radiator. It’s a great place to start to make sure you’re getting the best radiator for your home.
Whether you need a plumbed or electric radiator, before you start you will need to know about BTU’s.) Our easy to use BTU calculator will help you to work out how many, and what heat output you’ll need, to get the most of your new radiators. All you need to know is the dimensions of your room, and the type of windows you have.
BTU stands for British Thermal Unit, which basically represents how much energy it takes to heat 1 pound of water by 1 degree Fahrenheit. All radiators are assigned a BTU rating, telling you have many BTUs they produce. It’s a quick and easy way of letting you know how much heat your radiator will generate. If you’re struggling the match the exact BTU rating you need with a radiator, choose one with a slightly higher output to make sure your room is warm enough.
The easiest way to find out whether your wall is sold or plasterboard is to knock on it and listen to the sound it makes. If it’s plasterboard it’ll be hollow and so will make a louder sound, if it’s masonry, you’ll just hear a dull thump with no reverberations.
Your house will either use a plumbed hot water central heating system, or electric radiators.
If you’re looking to replace or add more radiators you’ll probably want to use the system you already have - although there are instances where you might want to switch.
For example, an electric radiator can be easier to install in a location where your plumbed central heating doesn’t presently run, so can be a good solution for loft conversions, extensions and conservatories.
You can add a thermostatic heating element which will turn your radiator into a dual fuel set up. This is a device that sits in your radiator and allows you to heat up your plumbed radiator using electricity. The benefit of this is that you’ll be able to independently heat up one, such as your bathroom towel rail, without using a lot of energy to heat up your whole house.
Dual fuel radiators offer you a lot more flexibility and control than standard radiators and towel rails, as they can be used when your main central heating system is turned off.
Look at where your pipework runs – does it run along the wall or up from the floor?
You’ll need a pair of valves for every plumbed radiator in your home, as these are used to control the heat output. These need to be bought separately to the radiator.
Make sure you know how big the pipe is so you can buy the right size, and keep in mind that the type of pipe you have will affect the type of valve you’ll need. Normally you’ll need to buy a 15 or 22mm valve as these are the most common pipe sizes.
These radiators have the highest heat output and greatest heating efficiency of all plumbed radiator styles, making them a popular choice in many homes. They use corrugated panels (convectors) to radiate heat into the room.
You can get single panel styles for smaller rooms, or double panels which produce more heat, and stick out further from the wall. For the greatest heat output consider a triple radiator which uses a combination of three panels and three convectors. Great for larger spaces, they’re also ideal if you are extending a room and don’t want to install additional radiators.
If you’re looking to add or to retain period charm in your home, why not consider a column radiator to give a traditional feel to your room? Similar in style to cast-iron radiators that originated in the Victorian era, these modern models keep the look but provide greater heat efficiency than their predecessors.
If you’d like to create a design feature in your home, consider using a feature bench above your column radiator. It makes an ideal landing spot in a hallway for keys and mail, or can be used as a bench besides a window for extra seating or to provide storage. If you’re opting for a bench, you’ll want to use floor-mounting brackets for additional support.
Designer radiators can bring a range of benefits to your home – from space-saving technologies to dual purpose products that can act as mirrors, memo boards and more.
They’re an ideal way to lend a modern, contemporary feel to a room and can create stylish, attractive features that you won’t want to disguise.
Vertical radiators are available is an array of colours and styles which fit conveniently into thin wall spaces, and make a creative alternative to more traditional ones. If you have a smaller room, these take up less space, leaving room for more furnishings.
Vertical radiators can be pieces of décor in themselves, especially if you choose a bold design to break up the texture of the wall.
Dry your towels and add some extra warmth into your bathroom with a towel radiator, keeping you snug and cosy can be easy and stylish.
We have a variety of heights and widths available to suit all layouts.
Electric radiators are a great choice for rooms without existing pipework, such as loft conversions. They’re easy to fit and energy efficient.
Another benefit of electric radiators is that you’ll be able to accurately control the temperature using an inbuilt thermostat.
Cast Iron radiators take longer to heat up and cool down, keeping them warm long after you turn your heating off. This means they’re a great choice for big rooms with high ceilings.
The style is great for an older period home, or could be a beautiful feature in contemporary décor.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to change your radiators, look no further than our flat panel easy-change options.
These are designed to be compact, and can fit in to any home, without taking up too much space.
Stainless steel radiators are designed, not only to be a stunning feature in a room, but also very efficient. They’re available in loads of beautiful finishes, which are easy to clean and maintain.
Stainless steel won’t corrode or rust like some metals, and therefore lasts a long time.
Our mirror radiators are a great choice for hallways, bedrooms or bathrooms, because they give the perception of a bigger space.
They double up as a stylish addition to the room, whilst giving you heat and depth.
Space saving radiators are perfect for making the most out of your room, whilst keeping your home warm.
These can wrap around corners, and fit into narrower spaces, whilst being stylish and blending with your décor.
Our low surface temperature radiators are ideal for environments where safety is critical.
In conventional radiators, the surface temperature can reach as high as 75-degrees, which could cause injury to children, elderly or vulnerable people. LST radiators put health and safety first, whilst still circulating heat effectively.
These won't reach a high enough temperature to burn you on first touch, so you don't need to worry about accidents.
A radiator cabinet can safely and stylishly disguise your radiators.
Essentially, these box in your radiators, allowing you more freedom to decorate in keeping with your room or make a feature of the radiator.