Heating radiators

When space is at a premium: ideal heating options for a small bathroom

Often the least capacious room in a home, the bathroom can prove, like it or not then, rather a tricky space to heat. Finding precisely the right heating solution and where best to site it both come into play here – not least for ‘second’ bathrooms; that is, a home’s additional bathroom, such as one that’s adjoined to a master or guest bedroom (an en-suite in other words) or a downstairs bathroom. The trick is all about maximising what space there is and, happily enough, there’s an increasing number of options you can turn to for this in the home-heating market, all designed to suit an array of different homeowner budgets and interior design styles…

Towel radiators

For both combined functionality and flexibility, towel radiators – or heated towel rails, as they’re often referred to – tend to make for supreme bathroom heating solutions. Naturally, this is primarily because they provide consistent and reliable heat, warming and keeping warm an entire bathroom, especially one on the small side; their functionality, or in other words their power capacity, more often than not equals that of any radiator installed in any other room in the home.

Yet, what sets these kinds of radiators apart is their ability to function just as effectively as storage solutions for large and small towels (when not it use, in addition to warming them up and drying them out, of course) and, in some cases, the fact they can be powered via either a home’s piped-hot-water central heating system or entirely independently thanks to a home’s electricity supply (to ensure you that, during the spring and summer, you don’t have to switch on the central heating system to use a heated towel rail you’ve installed in the bathroom).

 

Underfloor heating systems

An adequate – and, on the face of it, rather luxurious – alternative to a bathroom radiator could be an underfloor heating system. Traditionally considered both expensive and disruptive, admittedly such systems remain so when compared to small bathroom radiators which are, for sure, relatively cheaper and easier to install; yet, it may be true to say that the prices of some underfloor systems are less and they’re easier to set up and run than was once the case.

Benefits-wise, in a smaller bathroom an underfloor system will quite clearly take up less space above-ground, effectively being hidden from view and, thus, also giving off the agreeable impression of something of an indulgence. Nonetheless, the fact that a bathroom’s floor will have to be pulled up – and, depending on the space beneath it and the type of system installed, potentially raised – is definitely a drawback when it comes to installation. Moreover, if your bathroom’s carpeted and you want to keep it that way (or, indeed, if it’s laminated or features vinyl or timber flooring), underfloor heating may not prove a practical option.

bathroom heating radiator

Space-saving fitting tips

Should you be opting for the most cost-effective, convenient and, generally-speaking, easiest-to-install heating device for a small bathroom (i.e. the best recommended) – that is a radiator or towel radiator – then there are a few things you might want to bear in mind. Top of the list has to be the actual siting of the unit, given floor- and wall-space in this room’s inevitably going to be restricted.

In general, locating a radiator under a window is most often recommended, owing to how the device is designed to take advantage of how a window influences the natural airflow in a room (i.e. how cold air from a window meets and interacts with the warmer air in a room). That said, if you’re really strapped for space, you might consider installing a compact heated rail on a wall above a bat; specifically the wall opposite the bath’s taps.

Alternatively, you may fancy the idea of making use of ‘wasted space’ behind the bathroom’s door, should your radiator/ heated towel rail be slim enough in design for such a siting. Ultimately, though, of course, you’re always going to have to consider how any radiator you install’s going to operate in relation to the bathroom’s other fittings – in short, it’s all about location, location, location.

Beyond radiators: what more’s needed for a bathroom heating installation?

When it comes to choosing your bathroom heating solution, there are a whole host of decisions and choices to be made to ensure you get the right heating system for your own specific bathroom. Once you have decided on a heating system for this space, like it or not; there are a handful of other fittings you’ll need to purchase alongside the system itself.

Continue reading

A bathroom heating alternative: installing an underfloor system

Once upon a time, stepping out of your bath on to the cold floor tiles underfoot was unavoidable – and uncomfortable; removing all the enjoyment and goodness you might get from a long, languorous scrub in the tub. Now, though, those days may be over thanks to electric underfloor heating, which is quickly becoming essential as part of a bathroom design (at least, that or a high-quality bathroom-specific radiator like a heated towel rail or one from the array of electric radiators on the market).

Continue reading

Preparing and installing: getting a towel radiator installation right

You can imagine doing it, can’t you? Stepping out of that bath or shower, scooping up a toasty, comfy and oh-so inviting and cosy, big, fluffy towel from a newly installed towel rail to dry yourself off, while the towel rail itself – because it doubles seamlessly as a thoroughly effective and efficient radiator – has more than adequately warmed up the whole bathroom, ensuring you’re not cold as you leave the loving bosom of your bath or shower!

Continue reading

Think before you leap: pre-purchase considerations for bathroom heating

At first, you may not think there’s much to consider about the heating requirements for a bathroom that’s different to what you’d consider for any other room, such as a lounge, dining room, hallway or bedroom. Like it or not, though; you’d be wrong. The bathroom’s a unique room in that for a good deal of the time it’s either humid or recovering from being humid so it can be used again in comfort. And to be used in comfort it needs to be suitably heated, but via quite specific heating solutions compared to the common-or-garden radiators you might turn to for heating other rooms.

Continue reading

What lies beneath: underfloor heating – the pros and cons

Everybody likes to wallow in a bit of luxury when it comes to heating a room; after all, the two go hand-in-hand – in the winter months it really can be a proper luxury to feel constantly warm and snug, even indoors. And there are few more luxurious-seeming ways to heat a home than via underfloor heating. Doing away with or not having radiators installed in the first place; instead relying on a system that’s totally out of sight because it’s under the floor? Now that’s luxury. All the same, there are some cons as well as pros associated with such a heating system, all of which should be carefully considered before embarking on installing one…

Continue reading

Luxury and efficiency: an introduction to towel radiators

Let’s face it; there’s nothing more enjoyable than adding a little luxury to your everyday routine. And you can do that by ensuring, in the cool winter months, when you step out of a warm and cosy bath or shower, the room around you – and the big fluffy towel you wrap yourself in – are equally as warm and cosy. How to do this? Well, the best and most cost-effective way is usually to install a heated towel rail in your bathroom.

Continue reading

WHY YOU SHOULD GET YOUR RADIATOR SERVICED IN THE SUMMER

Radiator servicing is not something you’d often think about. Whilst windows visibly need cleaning and the floors of your home a hoover, a radiator doesn’t need to be serviced until it NEEDS to be serviced, and by then it may be too late. By then, your radiator may need replacing at a time of crucial need, and whilst you may not have a radiator problem at this moment in time, there’s nothing wrong with being prepared. Whatever you’re needs, there a range of reasons why you should try and repair your radiator in the summer months as opposed to the winter.

Continue reading

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THERMOSTATIC RADIATOR VALVES

Radiators have a little more to them than metal and central heating. Many people forget about the wide range of components and accessories that come with the radiator, whether it be piping sleeves, radiator covers or as is the subject of this article, the thermostatic radiator valve. Whether you’re looking to maximise the efficiency of your central heating system or you want more control over your properties temperature, there are plenty of thermostatic radiator valves available in stores for radiators online.

Continue reading

HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOME ECO FRIENDLY

With climate change potentially being the cause of the British summer heatwave and a battle against plastic consumption becoming one of the pressing matters of the natural world, it is perhaps time that we take it into our own hands as individuals to do our bit for the environment. Whether that means lowering our carbon emissions or cutting the amount of waste output from our home is completely up to you, but all households should currently be looking for new and ingenious ways to help make this world a greener place. What’s more, the more eco friendly our world is, the less money we’ll be spending on bills and home supplies. This is why the eco friendly home, is both guilt free and economically sustainable.

Continue reading

HOW DO DESIGNER RADIATORS ENHANCE YOUR HOME?

For many of us, our homes mean comfort. This can be envisioned in comfort, good food, family and of course, warmth. One of the great things about designer home radiators is that they bring all of these elements together and allow you to cohese a happy and comfortable home. Whether it be through the warmth of a living room radiator bringing the family together or a good night’s sleep in a warmed up room, the designer radiator brings many advantages, both physically and to your mental wellbeing.

Continue reading

HOW RADIATOR ARTISTRY CAN IMPROVE YOUR HOME

The home is a place you want to feel your own. You want your home to reflect your own tastes, personality and lifestyle, giving visitors a glimpse into not only your tastes, but your very soul. Whilst most people express themselves through their wallpaper, curtains and furniture, one crucial part of the interior design which people often overlook is the radiator. These heating units are often subtle and therefore overlooked, but even the slightest of designs say something about you. Radiator artistry is becoming ever more popular, with many stylish radiator companies investing in the option of hand crafted heating units, tailor made for you and your home. Whether it’s a unique finish, hand crafted textures or a built to fit radiator size, the artistry of radiator design is often overlooked but never without its merits.

Continue reading

Don’t be without heat: tips to keep your radiators in tip-top condition

Fair dos; it’s the summer. The one time of the year when most of us are lucky enough not to have to rely on our home’s hot water system (and no doubt then, its radiators – whatever type they may be, classic column, stylish vertical or compact radiators) to keep us cosy and warm. Yet, problems can arise all the year round with a heating system and right now – when you’ve lots of time before you’ll need your heating system to be performing as it has to and when heating engineers generally have more time on their hands when called-out – is a fine time of the year to check on the system and ensure it’s running exactly as it should. Here are some simple hacks for making sure your system’s ready for the winter…

Continue reading

Beautifully Functional – How To Tick The Designer Radiator Boxes

 

Whilst designer radiators come in many shapes and sizes, there are a range of features that every radiator must have. Designer radiators are unique int hat they blend the must have functionality of a normal radiator with the style, originality and eccentricity of the designer world. With this in mind, you should never take style over substance when it comes to buying a radiator. A radiator is often a large investment, and should be guaranteed to be durable and efficient, saving you money on both your BTU output and adding something new to the interior of your home as well. This means that your options are well and truly open, but simultaneously you should keep these points in mind.

Continue reading

Prepping Your Radiator For Winter

Right now, it may feel like winter is a long way away, but all things come and go, especially in the temperamental climates of the UK. That’s why it’s wise to keep an eye on the winter, especially after a long summer of keeping the heating at a minimum. Come the colder months, you can easily find that turning the central heating back on may come with a few problems, especially with a radiator which is not used to the constant strain that the winter can put on it. You may find that your radiator needs a makeover, or that it needs to be rebalanced, but understanding just what needs to be done and just how to prep your radiator is vital for healthy heating all year round.

Continue reading

Why Should I Balance My Radiator?

 

No one wants to work on their radiator. We are often faced with the need to but will constantly put it off until our radiator system falls apart or our homes become unbearably cold. Radiator balancing though can be incredibly easy and is very important in maintaining the health of your radiator system. Whatever you do, make sure you do it right and know when you need to give your radiator a good balance. Below are a few tips on when to balance your radiator and a step by step guide on how to balance it.

Continue reading

Childproofing Your Home Radiators

 

Young children are always accident prone at home. With stairs, kitchen appliances and plug sockets, you already have your hands full when it comes to ensuring your children’s safety. If that’s not enough, radiators can be a hazard as well. With sharp edges, hard surfaces and a lot of heat, your children can suffer burns and bumps at the hands of your home heating units. That being said, so can adults if you’re not careful. There are a range of options for safer radiators, and below you can find a few ways you can decrease the chance of harm from home heating.

 

Continue reading

What Are The Best Radiators For Hotels?

Picture your perfect hotel. It might be in the centre of a bustling city, a busy luxury hotel with events and excitement. Or it could possibly be a beach resort retreat, soothed with the quiet peace and the lapping of warm waves. Wherever you are, there is a certain look, a certain style the hotel is going for and an atmosphere it wants to exude. Every element of the hotels make up is geared towards this aim, this focus. Hotels want you to feel at home, and project your ideas onto them. They want you to feel at home and warm in their charming interiors.

One element which acts as an unsung hero of this visage is the radiator. Whether it’s the attention which is drawn to them, or just how subtle they are, they help to bring the ambience of a boutique hotel. With designer radiators and affordable luxury, comes a pairing which unequivocally go hand in hand. Below are some of the things you must look out for when investing in designer radiators for a hotel.

Continue reading