When it comes to heating your home, the choice of radiators plays a crucial role in both comfort and energy efficiency. With various types of radiators available on the market, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is best suited for your needs. In this article, we will explore different radiator types, styles and sizes to help guide you in making the right choice of radiators for your home.
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Generally speaking, there are three main types of radiators for you to consider.
Central Heating Radiators
- Connected to a central heating system powered by gas, oil, or a renewable energy source.
- Require plumbing work to connect the radiators to the central heating system.
- Heat output is controlled by a central thermostat and circulated through pipes.
- Can be suitable for homes with an existing central heating infrastructure.
- Limited control over individual room temperatures.
- Operate solely on electricity, eliminating the need for fossil fuels.
- Can be easily installed without the need for complex plumbing work.
- Provide zonal heating, allowing individual control over room temperatures.
- Energy-efficient with programmable timers and thermostatic controls.
- Suitable for new constructions or retrofitting existing homes.
Dual Fuel Radiators
- Combine the benefits of central heating and electric radiators, but can be more expensive to run.
- Connected to the central heating system but can also operate independently using electricity.
- Offer flexibility in heating options depending on energy availability or preference.
- Useful for maintaining heating during central heating system maintenance or in milder seasons.
- Provide control over individual room temperatures.
How Do I Choose the Right Radiator Type for My Home?
When it comes to finding the right radiators for your home, there are a couple of things that you’ll need to consider…
Consider Heat Output
Heat output is a crucial factor to consider when determining the type and size of radiator you need for your home. It refers to the amount of heat that a radiator can emit into a room and is measured in British Thermal Units (BTUs) or watts.
Calculating the heat output required for a specific space is essential to ensure that the radiator can adequately heat the room without overworking or underperforming which can cause inadequate heating or energy wastage.
To calculate heat output, several factors must be considered. These include the size of the room, the insulation level of the space, the number of windows and doors, and the desired temperature.
A general rule of thumb is that for every cubic meter of space, you will need a specific number of BTUs or watts to heat the room effectively. However, it’s important to note that other variables, such as the orientation of the room, can also affect heat loss or gain.
When it comes to installation, electric radiators offer a hassle-free experience. Unlike traditional central heating systems that require complex plumbing and extensive installation work, electric radiators are relatively simple to install.
They can be mounted on walls or placed on the floor, depending on the model and your preferences. This flexibility in installation makes them suitable for both new constructions and retrofitting existing homes without the need for major renovations.
Consider Your Personal Preferences & Requirements
Each radiator type comes with its advantages and disadvantages, so it’s also important to consider what’s important to you and what you’re looking to get from your radiators.
For example, one of the key advantages of electric radiators is their energy efficiency. Unlike central heating systems that require heating the entire house, electric radiators offer zonal heating. Zonal heating allows you to heat specific areas or rooms as needed, resulting in reduced energy consumption.
With electric radiators, you have greater control over the temperature in each room, enabling you to tailor the heating to your preferences and avoid wasting energy on unoccupied spaces.
Another significant benefit of electric radiators is their ability to reduce energy bills. Electric radiators use advanced heating technologies that maximize energy efficiency. They often incorporate features such as programmable timers, thermostatic controls, and precise temperature settings, allowing you to optimize heating schedules and minimize energy waste.
By heating rooms only when necessary and avoiding excessive heat output, electric radiators can help you save on your energy bills without compromising comfort. Plus, it’s never been easier to control your heating than with our Heat App!
Why not take the stress out of it and let us determine the right radiator for you?
Calculating the heat output required for your specific space can be a daunting task. Plus with so many options available you may feel overwhelmed in making the right choice! So, let us take those worries away…
As part of our Free Survey, we’ll consider all factors, including room size, insulations, desired temperatures, existing heating systems, etc. as well as calculate your required heat output. With this information, we can determine the most suitable electric radiator for your needs.
Our personalised approach ensures that you receive the optimal heating solution tailored specifically to your home – a service that has earned us numerous 5-star reviews from customers!
Electric Radiator Styles
Electric radiators are available in a wide range of sizes and styles to suit various home designs and requirements. Learn more about the types of electric radiators we install below.
Our standard electric radiators look just like your normal radiators; they’re perfect for replacing your old night storage heaters, central heating systems and underfloor heating systems as the main heat source in any room.
Vertical radiators are an excellent choice when you have limited wall space but still want to maximize heat output. They can be installed in narrow areas, such as hallways or alcoves, without sacrificing functionality or aesthetics. Vertical radiators not only provide efficient heating but also add a touch of contemporary elegance to your home.
For smaller spaces or rooms that require localized heating, small radiators are an ideal option. These compact radiators are perfect for bathrooms, home offices, or utility rooms. They deliver efficient heat output while occupying minimal space, ensuring that every corner of your home remains cosy and warm.
All of our electric radiators are available in a variety of designs and colours, meaning whatever your home’s aesthetic we have the right radiators for you!
For Electric Radiators, Choose North East Heating Solutions
We’re passionate about delivering the highest quality and most efficient heating solutions to our customers. That’s why we only install the finest German Electric Radiators, like the ELKAtherm range.
ELKAtherm Electric Radiators are simply the best money can buy. They are the only Electric Radiator range with an energy rating and the entire range is A++ rated.