It’s probably fair to say that the subject of radiators hasn’t been one that has traditionally filled you with a sense of excitement and joy. Which is hardly surprising, given the fact that most radiators of yesteryear were not particularly inspiring.
These days however, radiators are nothing short of fabulous – plain and simple. If interior design is something you’re interested in and you would like to enhance your home, the humble radiator is now nothing less than a design element in its own right. It of course serves a functional purpose in the living space in which positioned, but it can also be a primary point of focus or even a work of art in its own right…should you wish.
The first step on the way to choosing the very best radiator for you is that of ascertaining what is actually possible. For example, you need to think about how much space you have available, the size of the room you will be heating, where the pipes/cables will need to go and so on.
One thing to bear in mind is that given the fact that high quality modern radiators are more efficient than their predecessors, you may not need units quite as large as you think. They can be as slim, chunky or elaborate as you like and still perform extremely well.
You will need to calculate the required BTU for the room in question, which means either using an online calculator or having a quick chat with an expert. Armed with the dimensions of the room and the specific area the radiator will be placed in, you will find the rest of the process much easier.
There are endless materials to choose from when it comes to selecting the right radiator for you, which in every instance will have its own advantages and disadvantages. Options to consider include:
• Aluminium – Extremely lightweight, fast to heat up, easy to install and extremely efficient. Aluminum radiators also look fantastic, though can be quite expensive and cool down very quickly.
• Cast Iron – With gorgeous Victorian looks and a wonderfully opulent feel, cast iron radiators have been popular throughout history. They retain a lot of heat, have the potential to distribute heat very evenly and definitely look the part. Nevertheless, they can be particularly slow when it comes to heating up in the first place.
• Stainless Steel – Extremely versatile, highly efficient and one of the most affordable types of radiators, stainless steel units can feature mirror, polished chrome or painted finishes. It can also be manipulated into largely any shape, design and specification imaginable.
• Glass – One of the newest generations in designer radiator materials, glass is becoming increasingly popular primarily for its quite extraordinary looks.
• Storage – Usually loaded with ceramic tiles or even concrete, storage heaters soak up and store heat during off-peak energy hours, in order to continue heating your home without the need for power later on.
The simple fact of the matter is that these days, the only restrictions you will face with regard to radiator choice are those of available space and budget. The market itself is quite simply mind-blowing by way of diversity, creativity and room for total customisation.
If you can dream it, you can add it to your home in the form of a radiator – it really is as simple as that!