The 7-Step Plan To Fixing A Leaking Radiator

Some of us have experienced it; others have been lucky enough not to encounter it. But those that have will never forget it. That patch of wet carpet or even that pool of water to be one day found underneath a radiator. In short, it’s the experience of one of your radiators springing a leak. It’s annoying; even infuriating if it damages your carpet.

 

But what can you do about it, should it happen to you? Well, this article takes a look at the issue, its aim being to arm you with knowledge so you can spring into action to unspring that leak – and minimise any damage done to a carpet or, alternatively, floorboards.

 

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Before we plunge into our seven-step-guide, though, a word to the wise – should you encounter a radiator leak, the very first thing to do is to collect together towels and a big bucket. Because the opening order of business is to mop up that water – and to have something on hand should the leak persist as you’re fixing it!

 

1. Locating the source of the leak
For this, first use a towel to thoroughly dry the radiator’s surface; unless the rest of the device is entirely dry you won’t be able to isolate the source and find where the leak’s coming from. Next, using toilet tissue, look over each fixture (or, if you prefer, each union) of the radiator – if the leak is emanating from any of these it’ll soon become apparent. After all, leaks from radiators begin from one of just three areas – the body of the device, the bleed point, a valve or tail or the feeder pipe that connects with the radiator.

 

2. Fixing a leaking valve
If you discover it’s the valve that’s leaking, then – relatively speaking – you’re in luck. That’s because a valve-derived leak is definitely one of the easiest to put right. You might well find that, during your investigations for the leak-source, should the valve be the culprit, the leak stop when you fully close it. The reason would no doubt be because the spindle-packing inside is either damaged or wearing out – in this scenario, when the valve’s ‘mid-open’, it leaks.

 

Repairing the valve then requires a short procedure. First, drain the water out of the device to a point below the leak and turn off both the supply valve and the lockshield valve. Be sure you’ve the towels and bucket in place to prevent any further water spillage during your repair and grab an adjustable spanner. With this you need to undo the union nut (which connects the radiator and the feeder pipe), then open up the bleed valve to release remaining water from the device before wrapping PTFE tape (otherwise known as thread seal tape or ‘plumber’s tape’ ) around the valve tail (at its ‘male end’) 10-15 times. Finally, do up the union nut and re-open the bleed and lockshield valves. Be sure that, once water’s flowing back into the radiator, the leak’s patched up.

 

3. Replacing a leaking valve
If you’re the sort who lives by the maxim of being safe not sorry, then instead of repairing a leaking valve, you may seek to replace it. Ideally, you’ll look to fit the same type of valve in place of the faulty one; otherwise a new one probably won’t align with the radiator’s water pipe effectively. When you’re ready to change over the valves, make sure you’ve first drained the entire system of water, then unscrew all the nuts that connect the piping to the valve and then the valve itself.

 

Remember that the radiator’s threads should be cleaned (to achieve a smooth fit for the valve) before wrapping PTFE tape around the threads of the new adapter and screwing it into the device. Finally, don’t forget to slide the valve’s cap-nut and a new olive over the pipe’s end before filling up the system with water again and bleeding the radiators to release any trapped air. Note – it may be that you feel this process is a little too involved for you to manage; if that’s the case it may be wise to call on the services of a trained professional for the job.

 

4. Is the radiator corroding?
Corrosion is a common culprit of radiator leakage – otherwise known as ‘pinhole leaks’. Indeed, it tends to occur thanks to sludge building up inside the device and, unfortunately, it’s a problem that’s impossible to properly cure, yet you can treat it. Until you buy a replacement radiator (which, ultimately, is your only solution here), you might want to apply a resin sealant to slow down the flow of sludge – note, this should only be attempted if your hot water system features feed and expansion tanks (which work to maintain the level of water throughout the system) and not in a sealed heating system.

 

Needless to say, once you actually have bought a nice new radiator to replace your sludge-afflicted one (whatever the type; whether it’s one of the many elegant, traditional radiators on the market or it’s a modern, dynamic type), you’d be highly advised to add to the water in your system a rust and corrosion inhibitor. It should prevent lightning from striking twice – at least for a few years!

 

5. Is the spindle the source of the leak?
If you discover the spindle (the small protruding part of the valve) is indeed the problem, then don’t fear; it’s fairly simple to put right. In fact, you may only need to tighten the gland nut with a spanner to eliminate the leak. If that doesn’t work, try instead undoing the nut and winding around the spindle itself a suitable amount of PTFE tape and doing the nut back up. Should that not prove successful either, then replacing the valve – by following step 2 above – could well be required.

 

6. Is the coupling nut or gland the problem?
If the source of the leak is the valve coupling nut, then like above with the spindle and the gland nut, you may find you can fix this by merely tightening the coupling nut. Alternatively, you’ll probably have to remove and replace the olive to be found inside the coupling. This requires more work, admittedly; kicking off with draining the water out of the system, then loosening and removing the nut from where it connects the pipe and the radiator. You’ll then be able to remove the exposed olive from the pipe and replace it with a new one. Don’t forget to smear this with a sealant or wrapping around it PTFE tape before you do so. Failing this; replacing the valve may be in order.

 

But what if the leak is emanating from under the valve’s plastic cap – or its gland, as it’s alternatively referred to? Here, PTFE tape is your friend. Turn the valve off and, ideally, turn off the lockshield valve too, then after removing the plastic cap, carefully and without harming it unscrew the gland nut. And now the clever bit – take about 20cm of the tape and wrap it around the valve’s spindle then, with the end of a screwdriver, push this ring of tape into the valve, adding a little grease on top. Having screwed the gland nut back on as tight as you can, replace the cap and turn on the valve once more.

 

7. What if the pipe joint is the problem?
Our final step concerns compression valves. These are common if your property or rented home has a modern central heating system, as this type of valve is usually called on to join pipework to radiators. To wit, if this sort of joint is responsible for the leak, there’s a good chance you can put the problem right merely by using a spanner to tighten the valve.

 

Alternatively, if that doesn’t do the trick, drain the system of water to below the leak-point and, using a spanner once more, twist off the nut at the joint to free the pipe. Now, you’ll be faced with the olive set against the joint; so wrap some PTFE tape around this meeting and screw the nut back on. Hopefully, that will do the job and prevent any further leaks.

 

In the main, of course, modern, newly purchased radiators are reliable pieces of kit that don’t tend to spring leaks – but sometimes the unfortunate does occur. So if your radiator suddenly does develop a leak, just follow this guide and its steps to stem the flow and prevent an even wetter floor and even more wasted water. Good luck!

Invaluable Valves : The Lowdown on Radiator Valves

With such a wide variety of types, designs and styles of radiators available nowadays, making the right choice of heating solution is more involved and requires more thought than ever – with choice comes more options, which necessitates deeper consideration. That said, though, there’s a component to radiators that can complicate matters considerably; it’s something that’s far from immediately obvious to get your head around – namely, the thermostatic radiator valves you need to attach to a radiator to ensure it works.

 

Valves are an essential component in the running of radiators because it’s these handy little pieces of kit that are used to manually or automatically control the flow rate of water in (and out) of a radiator – or a bathroom’s heated towel rail. This means it’s down to them to increase or lessen the amount of water that, having been heated up by a home’s boiler and pumped around the central heating system, makes it into their radiator, ensuring it can keep a room’s occupants comfortable and warm on chilly wintry and autumnal days and, well, less toasty when the weather outside warms up.

 

However, the reality is – and what every radiator purchaser realises when they’re faced with looking into it at all – that far from all valves are the same. Indeed, to the uninitiated it can seem there’s a simply dizzying array of valves of different shapes, sizes and functions on the market, seemingly each of them necessary for something different. In essence, that’s true; so if you need a little education when it comes to valves for radiators, read on!

 

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Before You Buy : What You Need to Know About Bathroom Heating

Of all the design projects you might embark on in a newly bought – or entirely new – home, decorating and fitting out the bathroom may not seem the most exciting. And yet, although you may not deem the look and style of this room to be the biggest priority compared to that of others, seeking the right heating source for it surely is. Who wants a poor heating arrangement and to be left chilly whenever they get out of the shower or bath? In which case, it’s important to know what’s what when it comes to bathroom heating – including the solutions available.

 

Heating Option #1 – Underfloor Heating

 

To kick off with, this option may – in a way – sound like the ultimate one; certainly it may sound like the most luxurious. But, in fact, underfloor heating is technically the oldest form of interior heating of all, having been created and, to some extent, honed by Roman engineers (although some sources suggest the Ancient Egyptians got there first centuries earlier). All the same, there are definite benefits of this alluring form of bathroom heating in the modern home.

 

For starters, if your bathroom has a relatively small surface area, in which space is at a premium (for instance, on the walls it could be a choice between a mounted radiator or a mounted cabinet or two) then underfloor heating may be for you. Although, it’s as well to bear in mind that radiators tend generate heat faster than an underfloor heating system is likely to provide the same heat output; plus, there’s a danger that wooden furniture positioned above such a system may end up ‘sweating’, degrading the wood over time. A potential issue in a small bathroom, for sure.

 

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A Guide On How To Balance Radiators

The Best Guide Available: How To Balance Radiators

 

Radiator balancing is simple when we use the simple method explained below in this article. However, you have to be prepared to put in the time to get the job done properly. Balancing radiators may not be the hardest job in the world but it does require a little effort and the ability to follow instructions! You may sometimes hear people talking about balancing their central heating systems. This might be in reference to a warm air heating system or underfloor heating, and it means exactly the same thing. Ideally we want all of our radiators to get hot equally and in roughly the same time frame. This is of course is the ideal situation for anyone who likes to Buy Radiators Online as nobody really want to have to have things repaired or tweaked!

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The Most Helpful Guide For Replacing Your Radiator

The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need

 

People decide to replace their radiators for many reasons. You may be dealing with a radiator which has some issues and needs to be changed, or you may simply want to replace your radiator with a brand new one like one of the many Vertical Designer Radiators you can find online these days. It’s always best to go ahead and remove and replace radiators which are no longer working as this will make sure your home is adequately heated in the most effective way. You’ll also save a fair amount of money on your heating bills which is always a positive! In this guide we will go through a step by step guide on how to successfully remove and replace a radiator and make sure it’s done in a way that protects your heating system from being ruined. It’s important to remember that it will be difficult for you to remove and replace a radiator if you don’t have the plumbing skills to see the job through. It is after all a job for the seasoned DIYer. If you don’t feel 100% confident in your plumbing skills and you are worried you may make a mistake, make sure you call up a qualified plumber who will be able to help.

 

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The Only Guide You’ll Ever Need For Painting Radiators

The Best Guide For Painting Radiators

 

Painting radiators is much unlike any other household painting job. It just isn’t the same as painting walls, skirting boards or even doors: there is a lot more to it than that. When you decide to paint your radiator you will have to plan carefully to make sure you don’t mess the job up. If you mess up this paint job you could end up with a radiator which has lots of terrible looking air bubbles and you might even have to spend quite a bit of cash correcting the mistake. In this article we will go through a step by step guide on how to paint your radiator in the best possible way. We will look at what you will need to paint your Anthracite Towel Radiator and also talk about what type of paint you should use.

 

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The Best Way To Clean Your Radiator

Why It’s Important That We Keep Our Radiators Clean


A clean radiator is about more than just a pleasing home aesthetic and good housekeeping. You may be surprised to know that as well as looking good, a clean radiator will also help to keep heating costs down. When you look down the side of your radiator you might not be happy with what you see. Dust, cobwebs and other mysterious debris can quite easily find a home in the crevices of your radiator- and it really shouldn’t be there! The dust and dust we find between the fins of the convectors on our radiators can actually prohibit heat from escaping, and this will mean your radiators have to work extra hard to warm your room. You don’t want to be left dealing with an annoyance such as this, especially if you bought designer radiators. It is imperative then that you get into the habit of thoroughly cleaning your radiators at least once a year- though more can never hurt! This way you’ll keep on top of the accumulation of dust and dirt that builds up. Perhaps you could even make it a part of your weekly cleaning routine, and that way you’ll never forget to do it!


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Why Do Our Radiators Accumulate Dust?


There is dust everywhere around you and in the air all of the time. It doesn’t matter whether you can see it or not, there’s all sorts of dusts floating around us, it’s the invisible enemy! If you have a pet there’s bound to be pet hair in the air and if you smoke, you can bet there’ll be some nicotine residue somewhere. The reason dust clumps together in your radiator the way it does is because of the air that circulates warmth around your room. As you may know, warm air rises and cool air falls, so as the air sinks it carries all the dust it has with it and as it’s drawn up through the radiator. During this process and over a period of time, dust begins to collect in the fins and across the back of your radiator. You may not have even bothered to look down the back of your aluminium radiator before reading his article and if that is the case, you’ll definitely find that there is a fair of amount of dust down there.


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Tools You’ll Need For A Spanking Clean Radiator


Before you snap on your favourite cleaning gloves you’d better make sure you have everything you’ll need for this radiator cleaning job.


  1. You’ll definitely need a vacuum cleaner
  2. A duster will come in handy too
  3. A nice warm bucket of soapy water
  4. Some clean sponges and cloths
  5. A large towel or dust sheet
  6. A yardstick (or any long stick)
  7. Some sellotape


Now To Clean Your Radiator


Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to get to work on cleaning that dusty, dirty radiator! If you follow the simple steps below you will find that your radiator not only looks the best it can be, but you’ll have some extra coins in your pocket, and your house will be toastier!


Step 1: Switch Off Your Central Heating


Before you even think about putting a single drop of water on your radiator you’d better turn off your central heating system. Cleaning the radiator when it’s cold as opposed to hot make sense as it will prevent the convection current from drawing up dust as you are in the cleaning process.


Step 2: Turn the Vacuum On 


Next you need to ensure that there is as little dust as possible under and around your radiator. If you have a vacuum with additional attachments you may even be able to clear the dust away from inside the fins. If you can’t get to the dust then don’t panic, there’s a way around it as you’ll see.


Step 3: The Yardstick method


This first part of this step requires you to take a long piece of wood like a ruler or a yardstick and wrap some cloth around the end securing it in place with sellotape. Next you take a towel and place it underneath the radiator (to catch as much dust as possible) and thrust the stick down the side of the radiator, from top to bottom. Make sure you repeat this on each section of the radiator until the majority of the dust has been cleared. If you can clear all the dust in this step then that’s great!


Step 4: The Hairdryer Trick


You might not think that a beauty tool would come in handy when it comes to cleaning your radiator but you’d be wrong! Using a hairdryer is a very simple way of removing dust from down the back and also inside your radiator. Simply point the nozzle of your hairdryer into the grooves and turn it up to the highest setting. This will help to really blast the dust away from inside your radiator. It’s a simple but effective trick.


Step 5: Time To Soap It Up


This is the part where the water and soap is used: the fun part. Fill your bucket up with warm water and pour in a little washing up liquid. You can use your favourite household cleaner if it smells a little better. Use your hand to swirl the water around until you have a nice amount of bubbles and then plunge your sponge into the water before wringing it out so it’s just a little damp. Next you should begin by wiping down the exterior of your radiator with a sponge firmly but not vigorously. Make sure you don’t create a puddle or too much water on the carpet and wipe extra moisture up with a dry sponge to prevent rusting. You should also check the wall above the radiator as this is often neglected and can carry dust and dirt due to the heat of the radiator. Just use the same soapy water to gently cleanse the area making sure you don’t rub too hard. Doing so may cause the paintwork to smudge.


Some Extra Helpful Radiator Cleaning Tips


  • Regularly vacuuming your radiators will help to protect against allergies and will also help to make sure your central heating is working at the best level it can.
  • Try to install new radiators and clean current ones in the summertime.
  • If you are finding it difficult to clean the panels of your radiator because they are too tight you should opt for compressed air which will do the same job with no hassle.
  • If you really want to go all out and give your beloved radiator a brand new makeover you should remove it from the wall altogether, or maybe you could paint it a lovely new colour!


Important Things To Remember When Cleaning Your Radiator


Once you’ve got the hang of it, cleaning radiators is a pretty easy job to do. When cleaning your radiator becomes a weekly or monthly routine, you’ll find it becomes easier and easier to do as the tips above become imbedded into your cleaning routine. It is important to be careful when choosing the materials you’ll use to clean your radiator. Abrasive materials such as brillo pads or scourers may damage the surface or your radiator and leave it with unsightly scratches. If you find that there are annoyingly stubborn stains on your radiator then you should use a cleaning spray solution on the marks for a few minutes longer than usual, before wiping the soap away vigorously with a cloth. Something you must never do in the cleaning process is to remove the panels if you have an electric radiator. In doing so you may damage the heating mechanism which may mean a trip to look at some new designer radiators in the UK. You don’t want to spend unnecessary money on fixing your radiator so these are important tips to remember. Nicotine is one of those pesky substances which attaches itself to warm objects and turns material yellow over time. This can make radiators look unsightly and grotty looking. If this happens to your radiator you might have to invest in a cleaner that is able to get rid of nicotine stains. Another important thing to remember is that you can always remove your radiator from the wall if you want to get a really good deep clean.


Seeking Professional Help


Sometimes the best option will be to contact a professional cleaner and if this is the case you wouldn’t be alone. This may be the case if your radiator has not been cleaned for a very long time or if you have just moved home and need to have your radiator cleaned before you put your own clothes on it. Hiring a professional cleaner will allow you to talk through your options, whether your radiator is even dirty enough to need a deep clean, or whether it’s time for you to get a new one. If you do opt to get a new radiator you should check out the anthracite towel radiators as these are great for keep your fluffy towels warm and cosy.

How To Efficiently Bleed A Radiator

When things go wrong with the appliances and devices in our households we worry and wonder what to do. Sometimes we are able to get hold of an electrician or a professional who can help, and other times we may find ourselves stuck, not knowing where to start. Because of this, it is important that you learn the basics, and are knowledgeable about how to tinker with your household appliances. When it comes to our central heating and issues that may arise, learning how to bleed a radiator is an important tool that will ensure you aren’t out of heat for too long. Our radiators are a very important part of our homes and it can be incredibly troublesome if they start having problems.  Learning to bleed your radiator at home will not only mean you can stop issues from escalating, but it will also greatly improve the proficiency of your entire home heating system. It will also mean cheaper energy bills in the long run and a generally warmer home, which is especially important when the months become chillier.


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Why Do I Need To Bleed My Radiator


It’s important that you know when you need to bleed your radiator so that your central heating continues to work at its optimum. You might have been looking at radiators online and finally gone for an elegant new system. You don’t want there to be any problems with it! You’ll know when it’s time to have a look at your radiator and potentially bleed it, when the central heating in your home isn’t warming your home up properly. This could be because there are air bubbles trapped in the system and these bubbles stop hot water from circulating adequately. Consequently, radiators will fail to get hot enough and generally take much longer to warm your home. The uneven heating can be problematic, causing mould and damp to begin in areas of the house.


Check For Blockages Before You Bleed Your Radiator


Before you take the steps to bleed your radiator you should first check for other issues in the heating system. Checking for blockages is especially important and can aid the overall bleeding process. You should firstly turn on the gas central heating (always do this first!) and ensure that each thermostatic radiator valve is not obstructed and is on full power. TRVs’ work by sensing air in the surrounding area and so it’s imperative that it isn’t covered up in any way. You’ll usually be able to find the TRV at the top or bottom corner of your radiator so it’s pretty easy to find! Once your central heating has begun to warm up, you should put some gloves on and check the warmth of each radiator. Air tends to collect at the top of radiators and this is because air bubbles in the gas central heating system rise. As this problem continues to escalate, you’ll find that your home is colder and that’s just no good! If you find that your radiator isn’t heating properly or that there are contrasts in heat (cool at the top of the radiator, hot at the bottom), then you know that it’s time to bleed your radiator. Other issues you should check for may indicate a much more serious problem with the heating system. It is especially important that you check for signs of rust or water, which could be underneath or on top of the radiator. It is important that if you do see any rust or water that you act immediately as this could be a sign that there are some serious leaks in your heating system. If you notice that your radiator is wet, then you need to check where the leak is coming from. You can do this by drying the radiator and observing it while dry to see where the water is coming from. Before bleeding your radiator you should also make sure that the boiler light is on and that the pressure is at the right level. If you’ve checked all of this, and your boiler and radiator are not leaking, you can then move onto bleeding your radiator at home.


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Turn Your Central Heating On


Step 1:  Firstly you’ll need to turn on your home central heating so that all the radiators in the house come on. It’s important that you wait until your radiators are fully heated before moving onto doing anything else. The aim here is to build up the pressure inside the radiator, as this will force the air out.


Which Radiators Aren’t Heating Up?


Step 2: The next step is identifying which radiators in the house need bleeding. You can do this by waiting until all your traditional radiators are hot and then going to check each one separately. At this point you are looking to see which ones are warming up and in particular checking to see if all the parts of the radiator are warming up. If you find any cool spots towards the top of the radiator this could mean that there is gas or air trapped and that you’ll need to bleed the radiator. Once you’ve identified any cools spots it’s time to move onto the next step and bleed them.


Time To Bleed Your Radiators!


Step 3: It’s important that you remember to turn off your central heating at this point. We are essentially reversing the process seen in step one where we turn everything on. The reason that we turn the heating off is because we want to be able to manipulate the radiators without having to worry about getting burnt, or soaking the floor! In order to bleed your radiator you’ll need a special tool called a radiator key, and you can usually find these in your local hardware store. If you don’t have access to one of these then a flat-blade screwdriver will also do the trick. Now you need to attach the radiators key to the square piece which is found in the valve at the top end of the radiator. If you’re using a screwdriver you can simply push the end of it into the groove. Grab a cloth and then hold the screwdriver or key and slowly turn it anti-clockwise. If you hear a hissing sound then that’s a sign that gas is escaping from the radiator and things are going to plan. Once all the gas has escaped, liquid will begin to fall out from the valve so you’ll need to close it quickly. If you’re using a modern screwdriver you may find that the liquid emerges much like a jet as opposed to a little dribble here and there.


Check The Pressure To See If You’ve Succeeded


Step 4: Now that you have bled the radiator you should check the pressure by observing the gauge on your boiler. If you find that the pressure is too low you’ll have to top it up which you can easily do with the lever or tap on your boiler. When you’ve finished that, it is advised that you run another test to check that your efforts have been successful. You can do this by simply turning on the central heating system, waiting for the radiators to warm up again and checking for any cool spots. It really is that simple!


Re-pressurising Your Heating


If your central heating system is not working properly then you probably have a case of low water pressure in the boiler. If the water pressure indicator on the front of your boiler is too low, you’ll need to top up your system and increase the pressure. You can do this by locating the filling loop which is a grey or silver coloured hose with a small valve at either end. You may also find it underneath or boiler or nearby, but everyone has one so it’s definitely there!


Once you’ve found the valve you’ll need to make sure the boiler is turned off and the system has cooled down. Then you need to determine whether your valves can be opened by hand or whether you’ll need a screwdriver. The next step is to open both valves as this will allow cold mains water into the system. Make sure you keep an eye on the pressure gauge and when you see it reach 1.5bar, close the valves one after another. Now that the pressure is back at the required level you can switch the boiler back on and reset it if necessary.


Improving Your Home Heating


You can improve your home heating in a number of ways by taking advantage of the great technology on offer! If you worry about your radiators heating the walls and not your rooms then invest in some radiator insulator foil, as this will ensure that only your rooms are heated. You can also opt for a slightly more expensive option and go for the radiator booster rather then low level radiators. This gadget is a fan which sits on top of your designer radiator and circulates the heat around your room. Though it uses electricity to run, it will ultimately save you money on your heating bills. Draught proofing is another great way of saving a little extra money on your bills. You can make sure the heat in your home is not wasted and that your rooms are well insulated by taking little steps such as checking for draughts around the windows and doors, and draught  proofing your chimney- if you have one.


Whether you already have a designer radiator or you’re looking for radiators for sale, it’s important to know what to do when an issue arises with yours. Our radiators are precious to us and our homes and we should take good care of them. After all, they take good care of us!

National Radiator Day: Time To Show Some Love

You might be surprised to know that there is one day in the year that is entirely dedicated to remembering and celebrating our domestic radiators! In the UK each year thousands of people buy radiators and have them fitted into their homes, in the knowledge that these handy and necessary devices will keep them and their houses warm and toasty. These heating systems have come a long way and you only have to look back a few hundred years to see that radiators were nowhere near the same as the used to be. Heating systems were very different and it took a long time to truly hone the design and features of the radiator we know today.

Humble Beginnings

The radiator, like many of our home features, was born from very humble origins indeed!  Heating has evolved beyond recognition when compared to the days when humans were cave dwellers and used sticks to hunt food. There are a number of different cultures that have contributed towards the evolution of home heating, and it started around 420,000 years ago when basic hearths were being used in what we now call modern day Ukraine. These hearths were made from the bones of Mammoths and featured a grass-like roof. These pods were very useful back then because they were mobile and could be used to accommodate a fire, thus keeping the people warm. In another part of Europe the Romans were also coming up with their own form of home heating and were credited with the invention of the hypocaust. This heating system was used for heating public bath houses and other buildings and establishments. The system consisted of hot air and smoke which emerged from a furnace and was being circulated through an indoor area under the flooring. It would be accurate to say that this was perhaps the earliest form of underfloor heating! This system required constant attention and a constant supply of fuel in order to keep the fire going. There was smoke and warmth would travel under the surrounding rooms and would pass out through flues in the walls. This early example of indoor heating, clearly demonstrates that the Romans were onto something; they understood the fundamental principles behind heat transfer systems and understood the consequences of forcing heat through the hypocausts.

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A Complete History Of Radiators

Why We Love Our Radiators

It’s easy to overlook the radiator in our homes. It’s not necessarily always a brightly coloured, inviting looking feature, and doesn’t jut out too much as to attract attention. But the radiator simply has one primary objective: To keep you, your family, your clothes and ultimately, your home, warm and dry. We can find radiators in almost every building like offices, homes, hospitals, and even on coaches and buses. There are lots of radiators for sale and the initial reaction of many may be to think they could not possible be stylish. Radiators can be incredibly stylish as well as being necessary, and stylish radiators are very popular these days in many buildings. They are there to warm our bodies and our feet and to keep pesky draughts out! Now we find ourselves at the pinnacle of human evolution and at a point where our radiators and heating systems have the ability to learn about us, when we are coming home, and how warm we want to be. But the big question is where did this all begin? How did we get to this point and who came up with the idea for radiators?

The Origins Of Home Heating

Heating has evolved beyond recognition when compared to the days when humans were cave dwellers and used sticks to hunt food. There are a number of different cultures that have contributed towards the evolution of home heating, and it started around 420,000 years ago when hearths were being used in what we now call modern day Ukraine. These hearths were made from the bones of Mammoths and featured a grass roof. These pods were very useful back then because they were mobile and could be used to accommodate a fire, thus keeping the people warm. Elsewhere in Europe the Romans were also coming up with their own form of home heating and were credited with the invention of the hypocaust.

Traditional Radiators

Traditional Radiators

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