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Upgrading Your Home

Why Buy A New Radiator?

If you're contemplating an upgrade to your home's heating system, a new radiator could be a game-changer. Modern radiators have undergone impressive advancements in technology and design, offering improved efficiency, aesthetic appeal, and even space-saving options. Let's explore why investing in a new radiator makes sense:

Improved Technology: Modern radiators are much more efficient than older models due to significant technological advancements. This results in better heat distribution, potential energy savings, and space-saving designs ideal for smaller rooms.

Enhanced Aesthetics: New radiators, especially designer models, can be a stylish addition to your home decor. They come in various designs, allowing you to make the visual appeal of your living space.

Higher Levels of Efficiency: Over time, older radiators may gather dirt, sludge, and corrosion, resulting in decreased heating efficiency and potential maintenance concerns. A new radiator will allow you to start from scratch.

Space-Saving Options: Innovative designs have resulted in more creative options, ideal for compact rooms or areas with limited wall space. This enables you to maximize your living space without sacrificing warmth.

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Choosing Your Fuel Type

Central Heating Radiators vs Electric Radiators

Electric radiators are powered from a local socket, whereas traditional central heating radiators uses hot water heated centrally by a boiler or similar.

Gas heating has been around for generations and is generally cheaper to run. Modern boilers have made this technology even more efficient, and adding smart technology gives even more benefits in terms of efficiency and costs. However, gas boilers require yearly maintenance checks by a qualified engineer to ensure they're safe and your central heating system also requires regular maintenance to ensure it is running at peak efficiency.

Electric radiators are becoming more popular. One of the biggest advantages is that you don't need to connect radiator pipework, making it cheaper to install. Some systems come with smart controls, allowing you to manage your heating more efficiently. But it's not a perfect solution. The cost of electricity is generally higher than gas, so your bills will likely go up. Also, you need a qualified electrician to install these radiators which can be costly.

Usually the choice comes down to what already exists. If you're replacing a central heating radiator, you'll probably choose another like that. If you're fitting out a new room, you might consider an electric radiator.

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Which Radiator Do I Need?

When it comes to choosing the right radiator, whether it's electric or central heating, your starting point should be understanding the BTU requirement to effectively heat your space. Then the function of the radiator. You can use our article linked below to help you understand this more.

Understanding Heating Systems

How Does A Radiator Work?

Diagram showing how a radiator uses convection current to heat a home
Diagram showing how radiators work using convection currents.

If you have ever wondered how your radiator keeps your room warm, there is more to it than meets the eye. It's connected to your boiler that heats up water. This hot water flows from your boiler to your radiator and the heat is transferred into the air around you.

Many think that radiators "radiates" heat, but actually they work through something called convection. The radiator heats up the air around it, which then rises to be replaced by cooler air, creating a cycle that heats up the room efficiently.

What about the radiator valves on the side of your radiator? They're pretty important. There are two of them: one controls how much hot water comes into the radiator, and the other controls the flow of cooler water back to the boiler to be heated up again. By settings these valves correctly, you can control how warm your room gets and also ensure that hot water is shared effectively throughout your home.

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Where Should I Put My Radiator?

Placing radiators under windows used to be more important, but nowadays, with improvements in technology, we have more flexibility.

Ever wondered why radiators are generally found under windows? It's not just a quirky design choice; there's both history and science at play. In the past, windows were the coldest spots in a room, letting in drafts. Placing a radiator there helped to warm things up. The hot air from the radiator creates a warm air curtain, countering any cold air sneaking in from the window. Fast forward to today, and the science still holds up, but times have changed, and so have our options.

With better insulation in modern homes, you've got more flexibility for radiator placement. It's not as crucial to stick it under the window anymore, especially if your room is well insulated. This opens up possibilities for making better use of your space. You might even consider a vertical radiator, which takes up less wall space.

But before you go moving radiators around, think about your pipework. If you're replacing a radiator, it's usually cheaper to put the new one where the pipes already are, saving you the cost of a pricier installation.

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Additional Products

Do I Need Radiator Valves?

If you're purchasing a central heating radiator, you will need radiator valves to go with it. It's important to note that these valves are sold separately. However, we've made it easy for you to find the right fit. For each radiator product listed on our website, we've also listed suitable radiator valves that will work seamlessly with that specific model.

But that's not all. We understand that style and functionality go hand in hand, especially when it comes to the finishing touches like radiator valves. That's why we offer a wide range of valve styles to suit your needs. Whether you've opted for a modern, sleek radiator or something more traditional, you'll find at least one style of radiator valve in our collection that will match your radiator's style perfectly.

Manual Radiator Valves

Manual radiator valves live up to their name by providing a hands-on way to manage your home's heating. The idea is simple: you turn them yourself to control how much hot water goes into the radiator.

Thermostatic Radiator Valves

Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) are an upgrade in radiator tech, taking care of room temperature for you. Basically, you set your desired temperature using the numbered scale on the TRV, and it adjusts the hot water flow into the radiator based on the room's current temperature.

Your Radiator, Your Choice

Choose By Application

A good place to start on your journey is choosing by how you need your radiator to perform. Maybe you're looking for an electric radiator that's easy to install and offers quick heat. Or perhaps you're after a central heating radiator that ties into your home's existing pipework. Or maybe you need a towel rail, which not only heat your bathroom but also keep your towels toasty and dry.

We understand that each home is unique, and so are your heating needs. That's why we're here to help you figure out which type of radiator is best for each room or application. From electric to central heating radiators to towel rails, we're here to help you find the right fit for your specific needs.

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Central Heating Radiators

Central heating radiators are a reliable and efficient choice for whole-home warmth. They tie into your home's existing pipework, providing consistent heat across multiple rooms. Available in various styles and sizes, they offer versatility and can be easily controlled through a central thermostat for optimum comfort.

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Electric Radiators

Electric radiators offer flexibility and ease of installation. No need for pipework means you can place them almost anywhere in your home. They heat up quickly and can be controlled individually, allowing for room by room temperature settings. Ideal for supplemental heating or for rooms without central heating access.

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Towel Rails

Towel rails serve a dual purpose: they keep your towels warm and dry while also heating the bathroom. Easy to install and energy-efficient, they add a touch of luxury to your daily routine. Available in various styles, from modern to traditional, they can complement any bathroom decor.

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Choose By Style

Style matters just as much as function when it comes to radiators. The good news is, you've got plenty of options at PlumbHQ. Whether you're drawn to the sleek lines of a vertical radiator or the classic look of a horizontal one, the choice is all yours. Fancy something more modern? Consider an oval style or square-edged panel radiator. Need a dual-purpose solution? Radiators with built-in mirrors might be right up your alley.

As usual, we're here to help you sift through the options. Our team can guide you on what styles might best suit your space, whether you're updating a cosy living room or a spacious kitchen.

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Vertical Radiators

Vertical radiators are not just stylish but also space-efficient. They make better use of vertical space, freeing up other wall space for furniture or decoration. With a large surface area for heat output, they're efficient too. Available in various designs, they can be both a functional and aesthetic addition to any room.

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Horizontal Radiators

Horizontal radiators are the classic choice and great for traditional decor styles. They fit easily into existing pipework and are ideal for rooms with wide wall spaces. With a range of styles and sizes, they offer versatility while providing consistent and effective heat distribution across the room.

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Single Panelled Radiators

Single panel radiators are a sleek and efficient choice for heating smaller spaces. Their slim profile makes them less obtrusive, fitting easily into narrow areas. They offer effective heat output for their size making them a practical option for rooms that need fast and focused heating.

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Double Panel Radiators

Double panel radiators are the go-to for larger rooms that need more heat. With two panels, they have a greater surface area, providing a higher heat output. They're efficient and effective, quickly warming up spaces even in colder weather. Their robust design also ensures long-lasting performance.

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Oval Panel Radiators

These oval style panel radiators offer a modern twist on traditional heating. Their unique shape not only adds a design flair but also allows for efficient heat distribution. Ideal for contemporary spaces, these radiators are both functional and aesthetically pleasing, making them a stylish yet practical choice for any room.

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Square Panel Radiators

Square-edged panel radiators bring a clean, minimalist look to any room. Their sharp lines and angles fit well in modern interiors, offering both form and function. Despite their sleek design, they don't compromise on heat output, providing efficient and even warmth across the space they occupy.

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Radiators With Mirrors

Radiators with mirrors serve a dual purpose: they heat your room and provide a functional mirror for daily use. Perfect for compact spaces, these radiators are a smart space-saving solution. They offer efficient heating while allowing you to check your appearance or reflect light into a room, blending utility and style in one unit.

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Choose By Colour

Perhaps you prefer to choose by colour. After all, a radiator can be more than just something in your room; it can be an expression of your personal style. Gone are the days when you were limited to standard white or metallic shades. Today's radiators come in a rainbow of colours. Don't shy away from being bold. Let's find something that suits your decor together.

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