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Choosing the best radiators for your home

April 4, 2024 Paul

When it comes to selecting the perfect radiators for your heating system, it can be overwhelming with so many options to choose from. From size and colour to style and material, there are several factors to consider before making your final decision. However, with a little bit of knowledge and preparation, you can find one that not only meets your heating needs but also complements your home's decor.

  • Size - First and foremost, the size is perhaps the most important factor to consider when selecting a heating solution. An oversized model will waste energy and money by releasing heat when the room gets too hot, while an undersized model will struggle to keep the room warm and lead to higher energy bills. To determine the appropriate size, you can use our Radiator BTU Calculator. Simply input the room size and a few other details, and the calculator will tell you how many BTUs are needed to heat the room. Once you have this information, you can select one or combination to produce the required heat output. Our team is also available to help you with any queries you may have regarding heat outputs.
  • Orientation - The orientation is another important consideration. The position will dictate whether a horizontal or vertical orientation is required. Models placed under windows typically require horizontal models, while narrow walls may require vertical models. Both orientations are available in a wide range of styles to suit any home decor.
  • Style - Speaking of style, it is a personal preference and can be defined in many ways. Most styles in this trade fall into categories such as designer, modern, traditional, victorian, and contemporary. Whether you prefer a sleek and modern design or a more traditional look, there are many styles to choose from.
  • Colours & Finish - The colour and finish can also make a big impact on the overall look of your heating system. While white versions were once the standard, they are now available in a vast range of colours and finishes. The most popular colours currently are grey, black, and anthracite, but new trends will emerge in the future. Additionally, different finishes such as brushed steel, chrome, polished, and satin can give your product a unique look and feel.
  • Material - The material also plays a role in how it retains and releases heat. They are available in a variety of materials, each with their own unique properties. Aluminium, mild steel, stainless steel, steel, and cast iron are some of the most common materials used. Our team can help you determine which material is best suited to your heating needs and budget.
  • Fuel Source - Finally, the fuel source is an important consideration. Traditional hot water heating is the most common method to use as fuel, but dual fuel models and electric radiators are also available. Dual fuel varieties allow for extra energy-saving features, while electric models are perfect for homes without gas central heating.

By taking the time to consider these factors, you can find the perfect model for your home heating needs. At Heater Shop, we offer a wide range of products to suit any budget and style preference. Our team is always on hand to provide expert advice and help you make an informed decision.

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