What We Learnt From The Global Heating Radiators Market Research Report

The radiator market research report is mainly for investors working within and with the radiator industry. With so many technological innovations and a shapeshifting economic climate, it’s always good for investors to have a rough idea of what the forecast will be like in the next few years. Stakeholders include Runtal Radiators, a company who create boutique radiators for companies, melding functionality with aesthetic beauty. Another company who have benefitted from the recent market research report is heating monolith, the US Boiler company, one of the leading manufacturers of hydronic heating products. Their products include steam boilers and also boast one of the highest average efficiencies of any other heating company, at a whopping 85 to 95%. It is international companies like these that really benefit from the market research insight and will continue to evolve their radiator products so that customers can continue to buy radiators online and in stores across the world.



Who is carrying out the research?

The research sis read across a wide number of experts and industry workers. Most come from radiator industries or related fields and have perfected a method of data collating called the “bottom up approach” to find out the global market size.


Using Bottom up Marketing research

Bottom up marketing is the process in which potential sales are estimated and once it has come up with these estimates, creates a total sales figure. This means that bottom up marketing also takes into account where products are most likely to sell, how competition is doing and also helps you understand what your own profit margins will look like. The problem with bottom up marketing is that it takes a lot of effort but does reap far more accurate predictions than top down marketing.



What the report will tell us

At 128 pages, the radiator marketing report is an extensive and detailed brochure. It answers many questions which investors and companies would be anxious to know an estimated answer to. The main questions addressed include what the market size and growth rate will be in 2022 and what current factors are driving sales in the industry and how can they be capitalised on. On top of this, readers will find out who the companies to watch in the next five years will be as well what threats and opportunities may face the radiators industry. The report is organised into 7 sales regions, made up of North America, Europe, China, Japan, Southeast Asia and India. The research also uses data from the last market research survey, dating between 2012 and 2016, whilst using primary and secondary sources. All in all, the radiator market research predictions will be a vital resource for people working in the industry and will be made easily available online on its release.



Energy Saving Gadgets To Help You Save On Bills

Saving on energy bills can be difficult, especially as the winter months begin to roll along and we are tempted to turn the heating up once again. Come February, it’s not surprising to see eyes water and mouths drop at the hefty sums built up around Christmas. Of course, we all want to be comfortable but if it comes at the cost of tight financial situations and on a more universal level, a larger collective carbon footprint, then we should be taking extra measures to combat wasted energy and excessive bills. There are multiple answers to this common dilemma, and whether you’re looking to keep the boiler running that extra degree lower, or simply need to cut back on the use of your dual fuel towel radiator, here are some products which could save you money and time.



   Solar Phone Charger

Although charging your phone doesn’t cost very much at all, (around £1 a year) the expenditure on electricity can rack up over time and put a real dent in your finances, especially if combined with your other outgoings. The solar phone charger is a great investment, especially if you’re on the go, due to the fact that it can charge itself when not being used. This means that when you have to charge your phone, the solar powered charger will have amassed enough electricity without you lifting a finger! Although this saves only a small amount of energy, it’s worth keeping in mind that when it comes to reducing the carbon footprint, every little helps.



Smart Bulbs

Smart bulbs not only save on your energy bill, but add a certain level of flexibility and control in your day to day life at home. The idea of smart bulbs comes with the new wave of automating home life, using timers and motion sensors to make sure that devices in your home are being used only when you need them. Wasted electricity as mentioned before can build up and with bulbs such as the IKEA Tradfri bulb; you can even buy kits which allow you to control your lighting from your own phone.


SuperFOIL Radiator Foil Insulation

Almost every home in the world uses radiators. Whether a column radiator or a towel radiator, when sued correctly, radiators can be great at conserving energy and heat. Even so, most radiators will be bolted towards yet will allow heat out from all sides. This means there is wasted energy on the wall side of the radiator. To remedy this, radiator foil can make sure that instead of the heat being absorbed by the wall, it’s reflected back into the room and maximises the energy efficiency in your home.


Automatic Radiator bleeders

Bleeding a radiator is a reluctant necessity for all radiator owners. When there are too many air bubbles in a radiators piping, this can lead to subpar performance from the heating system. Although it is easy to bleed your radiator, there are devices you can buy which will allow you to sit back and relax whilst automatic timers bleed your radiator like clockwork.



Phillips Eco Kettle

With lime scale prevention technology and a double filter, this kettle from Phillips is one of the most eco-friendly on the market. There will be no wasted energy as the kettle uses 66% less power than most others on the market, heating your water as quickly and efficiently as possible.



Pulse eco shower head

Many homes work on a water metre, meaning that every drop of water you use will drive up your monthly water bills. Eco shower heads can save you up to 60% more water by pulsing the water every 30-40 seconds, meaning that less is being used without impeding on your showering pleasure.


How Your New Home Extension Couold Save On Heating Bills

Home extensions are all the rage these days. Many people are finding it increasingly beneficial to build an extension to their home and this can be for a plethora of different reasons. Some may build home extensions due to its promise of more space whilst others may want to use it to increase the value of their home for future investments. An increase in people living in the affected home or the need for more facilities may also lead to the need for an extension. Whatever the reason for the time and money spent on building and planning, there is always one element that people tend to forget when building their extension. That is that it can add a hefty heating bill to energy black hole which is already your home. There are ways around this however, with the very foundations of your extension building having the potential to save your home money on energy. More areas of a home mean more areas that require energy and heat expenditure, but this doesn’t have to mean you lose even more money.


Insulating Cavities


Cavity Wall insulation is definitely an element to keep in mind when saving energy in your new home extension. Quality cavity wall insulation is worth investing in due to it being the first guard against heat loss in a home. The cavities line a wall with material which slows the loss of heat through the wall, the material inside trapping potential lost air. This could be made from a wide variety of materials including glass fibre or rock wool and more recently polyurethane. These materials have the space and density to absorb air and therefore keep convection from occurring.



Low energy lighting


A home extension will mean installing new lighting which can add to your electricity bills. The problem of this extra drain on electricity can be evened out somewhat by the use of low energy lighting. These types of lights include LED, which is an effective use of lighting smaller areas such as a wardrobe or mirror but does not have the power and brightness of other low energy lighting choices. For a powerful brightness and well-lit room which is still energy efficient, try using a cold cathode bulb. These bulbs use 80% less power than standard lightbulbs and get nowhere near as hot, making it energy efficient and safer than most other bulbs.



Thermostatic valves


When heating your new extension, stay away from electric heating, which is one of the most carbon guzzling forms of energy and is therefore a lot more expensive than other applications of heating. With a water based boiler system installed, you can control your heating system far more efficiently. To make it even more economical when you buy radiators, install radiator valves onto your radiators, which lets you control how much hot and cold water is mixed in your piping.




With open doors and windows, it’s very easy to lose all the heat you’ve been building up to warm your new extension. Whether your extension is a basement, conservatory or attic area will affect the draughts you have. Size and air flow take precedence when combatting draughts in the home. You can also invest in draught proof windows and doors, which help keep a room, whatever the size insulated. Draught proofing, whether with double glazing windows or draught proof doors, your new home could shave off around £25 a year from your energy bills if the right draught proofing is installed.


From shape to style, colour to finish: 2017’s top radiator trends

You better believe it; never has it been a better time to install a new radiator or two in your home. The modern radiator market is suffused with a plethora of choice – models of all different shapes, sizes, styles and designs, made from varying materials with differing finishes – all of which ensures homeowners, hoteliers, restaurateurs and business owners literally have their pick of models to choose from to aesthetically suit their homes, hotels, restaurants or business premises as much as possible, while heating in the most effective they can too, of course.


So, with so much choice on offer courtesy of today’s radiator manufacturers, what should customers be looking out for? What are the factors in radiator design that are really whetting their collective appetite in 2017?



Colour-wise, the trend for the humble radiator – the nation’s favourite heating option – is to be topped off with shades and finishes that best reflect and complement those most popular for today’s interior décor. Indeed, rooms in UK homes are nowadays awash with confident, bold colours like spicy red, ocean blue and mineral grey, while softer, less vibrant alternatives are served up by shades such as taupe, earth-green and blue-green, as well as light pastels including yellow, pink and aqua.


And that means then that it’s common to see a radiator advertised in a strong, bold colour, giving the impression it would be ideal for installation in a hallway, an open-plan kitchen or a reception area – a room or a part of a house that’s airy and full space. Meanwhile, appliances finished in lighter, softer colours will doubtless feel more at home in less busily coloured rooms – bedrooms, lounges, dining rooms and landings, for instance.


Industrial-style design

No question, today’s radiator market is thriving because of the dynamism and quality R&D-driven technology advances that are being incorporated into the design of these devices every step of the way. And that extends beyond just their functionality and, thus, energy-efficiency and reliability; it’s also to be found in their specific style and appearance. Indeed, another interior décor design trend that’s influenced the radiator output in recent years – and continues to do so – is the popular stripped-back, industrial-style look.


Popular not just for restaurants and business premises, but also (on occasion) hotels and homes, it lends them a pseudo-gritty, down-to-earth urban aesthetic that’s inspired by the likes of renovated warehouses, factories and churches. And radiators that offer colours in strong and muted shades (matte whites, greys, browns and blues) and designs that suggest both solidity and robustness go extremely well with this interior look – a look that’s all about bare brick walls, rough-weathered and wooden surfaces, exposed pipes and ironwork and salvaged objects.





In terms of radiator finishes, the chrome and metallic look has become ever more popular – a trend that’s surely set to endure through to the end of this year. Reflecting the amount of fixtures and surfaces that already litter many a well-planned interior with such a finish (light fittings, pendant lamps, tables and chairs and so on), a radiator with a metallic look is bound to fit seamlessly into a room, whether quietly tucked under a window or mounted more prominently on a wall.


Indeed, it also looks like this radiator trend is erring towards the subtle end of the design scale, as opposed to the showy end – polished and matte nickels, silvers, bronzes and brass are set to dominate among popular metallic finishes. They sit comfortably and elegantly alongside white and pastel-shaded walls and soft wooden furniture.


Shapes and lines

Finally, don’t be in any doubt about it; sleek and slim is in for 2017. That means flexible, wall-hugging rads that can be mounted as well as installed nearer ground-level (as is traditional) will become ever more a heating solution of choice in homes and premises across Britain. Often such models’ versatility is offered by their lightweight advantage, which in turn is ensured by the manufacturing material being aluminium – or at least deceptively light steel. Bosting enormous aesthetic appeal – owing to different possibilities in the installation stakes – such aluminium models are also blessed with outstanding heat-transfer properties, therefore saving on energy and heating bills, while naturally this material can be recycled when the radiator itself reaches the end of its natural lifetime.


To this end then, the radiator industry expects the popularity of the wall-mounting-friendly, vertical designer rad to blossom throughout this year – it’s a model that, after all, may just be the perfect example of the modern radiator; a blend of outstanding technological improvements in functionality but also in aesthetic design. Perhaps the ideal radiator style to embody the UK’s forward-looking, always evolving radiator industry that’s providing ever better heating solutions for customers with each new model it manufacturers, ready to be installed in buildings up and down the country.

The heat is on – but as much as it could be? How to improve your heating system

It’s a common thing, so don’t worry; if you’re one of those people that don’t think about your central heating system and how well it’s working until it’s the dead of winter and something goes wrong, you’re certainly not alone. That said; to be one of those people who consider their heating system at warmer times of the year and what condition it might be in when the darkest, harshest months arrive and whether it’ll be able to cope… well, let’s just say it pays to be one of those – quite literally.


The truth is you should always pay attention to your central heating system (your boiler, radiators and pipework), whatever the time of year. It’s not necessarily just about preventing failure when you’re least prepared to handle it either; it’s about ensuring the system’s working as effectively, energy-efficiently (and, therefore, cost-efficiently) as possible. So, what can you do? Here are a few ideas…


Get your system regularly serviced


How often do you look over your system’s boiler? Not very often, right? Probably never, actually. After all, do you even know where to start? The fact is you should be getting in someone who does – and regularly. Calling on the services of a professional engineer to give a once over of not just the boiler, but your radiators, pipework and more is essential to ensure the system’s running as it should and will last as long as it ought to. And getting it checked outside of the winter months when, if any work is necessary, it won’t interfere with the home’s constant heating and it’s likely more quality professionals are available, is always advisable.


Bleed your radiators


Bleeding radiators is all about allowing the release of built-up air, which prevents the appliances from heating up as effectively (and so, yes, cost-efficiently) as possible. Note: you may not find it the easiest thing in the world to master; so, if you’re unsure, there’s no shame in calling on the services of a professional to do this job for you. That said; if you do fancy giving it go, here’s how you should go about it (whatever the type of radiators you have – stainless steel, cast-iron or aluminium radiators):


aluminium radiators

  1. The radiators should be fully heated before you start the process, so switch on the system and wait a few moments for them to warm up.
  1. Check which radiators actually need bleeding by carefully touching them to see which feel cooler than they ought to and contain air pockets; carefully, indeed – you don’t want to burn your hand!
  1. Turn the system off and allow the radiators to cool so you can handle them properly and get a radiator key (which can be purchased inexpensively) at the ready.
  1. Now you can bleed the radiators that require it – place a cloth or a bucket under the radiator valve (to catch any water that may spurt or drip out) as you open the valve with the radiator key, by turning it in a slow anti-clockwise direction. The air should escape, notified by a hissing noise; after which, water should leak out, signifying the air pocket has cleared. Now, quickly turn the radiator key in a clockwise direction to close the valve. Repeat this process for all the radiators in need of bleeding.
  1. Finally, check the boiler’s pressure gauge. If it’s too low following the bleeding, you’ll need to re-pressurise the boiler.


Think of safety as well as efficiency


Even if your home is a modern – or relatively modern – new-build and the central heating system is the only possible way of providing heat throughout the building (for instance, it doesn’t contain a fireplace or a chimney at all), remember it’s still very much in your interest to make sure the home is fitted with smoke detectors throughout. The likelihood of fire due to a central heating system is remote, but oven fires and blazes owing to similar sources are unfortunately common. Alternatively, if your home is old enough to contain a fireplace and chimney – and even if you don’t use either – make sure the chimney has been professionally cleaned.


And talking of efficiency – yes, again – be sure that when your heating system is on, no hot air’s escaping through the chimney or, indeed (chimney or no chimney) through the home’s walls and especially its roof by ensuring modern, effective and thoroughly reliable insulation is in place. Yes, at the outset it’ll cost to have your home sufficiently insulated, but don’t doubt it; it’ll save you money when it comes to heating bills in the winter – just how much it saves you will depend on how well insulated it is!


Slim-fitting versatility: why not choose a vertical radiator?

One of the best things about looking into buying a new radiator is the discovery that, nowadays, radiator models come in a vast variety of shapes and sizes. Whatever catches your eye and takes your fancy really could be yours, so long as it fits the room in which you intend installing it. And that’s because, whether it’s tall and narrow, wide and low, functional or stylish, a radiator manufactured for today’s market will almost certainly prove to be a winner when it comes to heat-efficiency and ensuring you don’t pay more than you ought to in energy bills – so impressive is the R&D-driven technology that features in the majority of radiators made today.


Limited wall space? No problem!


No question then; if one of the rooms in your home is plagued by limited wall space, finding the right radiator to fit and provide comfortable, efficient heating is a problem no more. Indeed, the answer is the vertical radiator – often tall and slim, such a model is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners, interior designers, radiator engineers and architects as a choice heating solution for challenging rooms of restricted wall area. Undoubtedly, being able to mount on a wall a vertical rad that generates as much heat as a traditionally wider, chunkier, horizontal rad has truly revolutionised how radiators are designed, built and installed for interior design plans.


vertical radiators


And because of that, vertical radiators are increasingly taking pride of place in all manner of rooms in all manner of homes – even in period properties; once the preserve of heavy, horizontal cast-iron models. Now, modern, sleeker, vertical column radiators are taking their place, proving much lighter and easier to transport and install – especially in tightly designed, small rooms with restricted wall space, of course.


Terrific flexibility


And let’s not pretend otherwise; today, heightened awareness of interior design and the importance of improving living space in the rooms of one’s home – in order to maximise the enjoyment and comfort of that very home – is something the vast majority of homeowners aren’t just familiar with, but committed to. And why not? The name of the game is to come up with more imaginative and novel ways to save space and limit the effect of space on the ‘liveability’ of rooms in which it’s scarcer than others. Indeed, one method of doing so is to move about furniture in the room – pushing tables, settees and chairs against or towards walls, for instance – to create or even give the impression of more space.


Now, should a room have old-fashioned space-hogging horizontal radiators installed, these efforts might be thwarted, but with mounted, wall-hugging vertical radiators you can get around this problem; they make use of wall-space previously inaccessible to radiators – and, of course, are just as good at emitting and spreading heat around a room as more traditional radiators, while they’re at it. Moreover, if a good amount of wall space in a room’s taken up by windows, then you can tuck a narrow, slim vertical rad in between those windows, mounting it where there’s wall space to spare. Simple!


Styles, locations and more


As pointed out above, today’s radiator market is absolutely awash with all different kinds of models – and that extends beyond shape and size to design and styles. For instance, bathrooms are now brilliantly served by towel radiators – or, as they’re often referred to, heated towel rails. These rads, often sensibly coming in vertical shapes, range from the typical ladder-style to more minimalist, sophisticated designs that are equally as capable of drying out towels and wet clothes and heating up and keeping warm a bathroom. And, so powerful and yet heat- (and cost-) efficient are they, there’s no need any more to invest as well – or instead – in a full-blown radiator for a bathroom.


So, with modern radiator manufacturers only too aware of the needs and desires of 21st Century homeowners, the evolution and continuous improvement of the vertical radiator ensures that these are often the ideal heating solution for many a room, whatever its dimensions. Time indeed then to break-out of any sort of radiator comfort zone you may have got stuck in over the years and check-out all the heating options available to you today – you could just find a vertical radiator is exactly the answer for that tricky-to-heat room in your home!


Modern and cost-efficient: fight energy price rises with money-saving radiators

Like it or not, energy prices are only going one way nowadays – up. And that forces many of us to shop around to find the best possible deals with energy companies; often switching from one to another and back again in relatively short time. If only there was another way to save money when it came to our everyday energy usage. Well, lo and behold, there is – ensuring your home’s central heating system is operating as effectively as possible; with a modern fuel-efficient boiler and equally up-to-date expense-reducing radiators that provide reliably comfortable room temperatures.


And, no question, today’s radiators are quite different to those that were on the market two decades ago – even just 10 years ago. Sure, they now come in a plethora of new and varied styles, looks and designs (horizontal and vertical; column, low-level and flat-panel; mirrored, bench-based and towel rail), but thanks to constantly improving manufacturing techniques, as well as ever evolving research and development (R&D) used in their construction, today’s radiators are designed to be as energy-efficient as possible. And that means for energy users – homeowners – they’re as cost-efficient as possible.


Material benefits


The advances wrought by today’s state-of-the-art R&D go hand-in-hand with the variety of materials out of which radiators are now made – and these materials can be used and exploited to deliver extremely high-quality heating devices. For instance, aluminium not only offers a great deal of aesthetic appeal for radiators with sleek, glossy or matte finishes, but also thanks to its lightweight nature and relatively small mass, it makes for a highly versatile radiator material.


Indeed, devices made from aluminium warm up quickly and so transfer heat to a room equally as quickly – and they can also be mounted on a wall, enabling a selection of different interior design possibilities. Moreover, when combined with thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs), aluminium radiators provide exactly the amount of heat a room requires, enhancing their capacity to deliver energy for less cost.


trade radiator


Similarly, constant advances in the use of steel as a radiator material means this most standard industrial metal is today resulting in devices far more efficient than those made from it in years past. Thanks to design and manufacturing improvements, steel appliances (whether trade radiators or those available to as many customers as possible) are no longer looked on as bog-standard heating devices, but models capable of high-quality energy-transfer and excellent water circulation. Indeed, even with a died-in-the-wool radiator material like cast-iron (famed for its in retro-style, heavy, excellent heat-retaining column models), developments in the paint with which its coated ensures that heat can be emitted faster, more efficiently and cost-favourably than ever before.


Size, shape and surface area


Given all these technological advances then, you wouldn’t necessarily think that the size and shape of a radiator need have much bearing on how effective it is in transferring heat. In many ways, that’s true; the advances thanks to unrepentant R&D often successfully counter any loss of efficiency owing to a thinner, flatter design compared to that of a wider, chunkier model (moreover, the advantageous positioning of a radiator in a room is also reaps critical rewards).


And yet, dig beneath the surface (so to speak) and you’ll discover that today’s radiators actually contain significantly greater surface area than their older counterparts, mostly due to the addition of fins to their design, while reduced internal volumes combine with this step forward to help ensure even less energy wastage and cheaper bills. Indeed, it’s been estimated that a radiator manufactured today is somewhere in the region of half as efficient again as any model made before the year 2000.


A word to the wise


Finally, whatever material, shape, size, finish or design you opt for with a new radiator (or selection of radiators) in order to reduce your home’s energy bills, there’s no question it would also be wise to seek out the opinion of an expert. They should be able to point you in the direction of not just models that’ll suit your home best in terms of interior décor, but also sensible options for fuel efficiency purposes.


Yes, admittedly, seeking the guidance of some professionals will mean something of an outlay (although our experts will be only too to happen to have a chat with you; just pick up the phone!), as will eventually replacing your pre-existing radiators with new ones, but if you get your central heating system right, you’ll undoubtedly be compensated by reduced bills in the long run – whatever the rises in energy prices you’re facing right now or will encounter in the future. The choice is yours, but don’t doubt it; investing in cost-efficient radiators today will definitely pay off tomorrow.


Sounding out trouble: what to do when your radiator becomes noisy

We love our radiators, especially in winter; they’re the incomparably useful devices that keep us warm and comfortable in our homes whatever the temperatures and however unseemly the weather outside. Which is why, when something unusual, something that doesn’t seem right, happens with them, we may become concerned. For instance, when a noise begins to emanate from a radiator it’s perfectly reasonable to get a little worried. But should you? Is it an automatic indication that something’s wrong? Well, no; not necessarily. And it usually depends on the sort of the noise the radiator’s started to make…


Is the radiator whistling?


This isn’t a major concern. It could well be happening because the flow rate of hot water into the radiator is either too high or low. You may be able to correct this – and prevent any further whistling – by turning the radiator’s valves on fully; be sure to turn them anti-clockwise as you do so and then turn them back to where you normally have them set.


designer rads

Is it ticking?


This isn’t something to be worried about at all; in fact, a radiator making a ticking sound is perfectly normal (and that goes for whatever type of model it is – whether it’s one of the many designer rads available today or any other kind). Why? Because it’s an aural indication that the device is simply warming up or cooling down, just as it naturally does during and after use. It’s most likely caused by its pipes expanding and touching floorboards or the joists through which they run.


Is there a tapping or hammering?


This may not be such good news. It could well suggest that a thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) hasn’t been fitted to the appliance as it should have been; in which case, it’s best to call on the services of a professional engineer to ensure the valves are attached to the radiator correctly and operating effectively.


Is there a bubbling noise?


A bubbling noise is highly likely to be caused by excess air in a radiator; so much so that the air is trapped and created what’s referred to as an ‘air pocket’. You can check whether this is the case by feeling the radiator after you’ve turned it on (carefully, you don’t want to burn your hand!) – if the bottom of the appliance is hot but the top cool, then they’ll be an air pocket inside that needs to be released. You can do this by bleeding the radiator. It sounds extreme, but don’t worry, it’s far from it; merely a simple procedure to remove air from the appliance.


What you’ll need:

  • Pick up a radiator (bleed) key – they’re relatively inexpensive and easy to buy
  • Also, pick up a dry cloth and a bucket (if the latter will fit under the radiator’s valves).


What you’ll need to do:

  • Make sure the radiator’s off and is completely cold so you can handle it, then place the dry cloth and/ or bucket under the valves to catch any water that may spill out in due course
  • Locate the square bleed screw – either on the top, to one side or on the back of the radiator – and insert into it the key and slowly turn anti-clockwise
  • Now you should hear a hissing noise – as you do so, stop turning because the air’s escaping; so turn the valves off at both ends, especially as water is likely to come out of them which, unlike the air, you don’t want to escape
  • When the hissing ceases, you’ll likely a small collection of water coming from the bleed screw; tighten up the screw to prevent any more water escaping here, being careful not to over-tighten it
  • Wipe away any excess water and switch your heating on once more to test whether the radiator’s now free of the air pocket.


… Or check the pump


Finally, it may be that your radiator – or more than one in your home – is making unusual noises because the central heating system’s boiler pump isn’t working as it should be. For instance, the pump speed could be too high. This sort of thing sounds technical and it is, so it’s best to call on the services of a professional Gas Safe-registered engineer to check it out; that is, if you’ve tried the other tips in this article, none of which have made a difference and you suspect it could be the  boiler pump that’s ultimately at fault. Especially as it may require more than merely turning the pump speed down, but repairing the pump itself. It’s better to be safe than sorry!

Substance as well as style: what to consider when buying a designer radiator

Nowadays, the radiator market is chock-full of models that look fantastic. Collectively, they offer enormous choice; covering the gamut of interior design-friendly looks and styles – everything from sleek, slim-fitting vertical radiators that hug the wall to chunky, retro-esque cast iron units; from gleaming, dual-purpose towel rails to bench radiators ideally suited to fading into the background in a conservatory. Now, that all’s very well, but what about a radiator’s primary function – to heat up a room and keep it warm? How do all these stylish radiators measure on that score? Do they genuinely deliver on the substance as well as the style?


Well, fundamentally, the answer to that question lies in the quality of the radiator model itself. And whether you’ve chosen the right sort of model – in different ways – for the specific room in your home…


Location, location, location


First up, where are you intending to install the radiator in your home? In which room? This has an enormous bearing on which precise model you ought to choose – irrespective of its style or design. Why? Because it’s important you work out – mathematically – the heat output the radiator will have to deliver. Or at least the range of heat output it will need to be able to deliver each and every time it’s switched on. How can you do this?


It’s far easier than it sounds; you merely pop a number of details (the type of room in question; its dimensions; whether it has a south-facing outer wall; how many and where its windows are sited) into what’s called a BTU calculator to be found on a radiator supplier’s website – ours is very easy to find on our site. This will give you the range of heat output your radiator will need to cover, in British thermal units (BTUs), for you to match against models you take a fancy to when browsing through those on offer.


Next, you need to consider specifically where the radiator’s going to be positioned in the room. Ideally, it should be in the coldest place – often underneath or adjacent to a window – in order to maximise air flow in the room. If you don’t site a radiator correctly in a room, you run the risk of not making the most of the installation; of basically installing an inefficient radiator because it will cost you more to heat that room – it’ll waste you money. To that end then, when it comes to bathrooms, it’s very much in your interest to consider going the heated towel rail route; not least because – in addition to providing terrific heat output – they double up as a storage/ drying-out facility for towels and wet clothes. As you may not want to use them all the time (or, at least, less than other radiators in other rooms), many are available as dual fuel models – powered by gas piping and/ or electricity – or as an electric radiator alone.


electric radiator


Material matters


Let’s face it; stainless steel remains the material of choice for many when they look to buy radiators. But many may be unaware of the other materials out there (everything from old-fashioned cast iron to lightweight and versatile aluminium) and of all the different, exciting designs that have saturated the radiator market – thus ensuring there are far more material options than ever before.


Today, it’s about far more than just the standard steel panel radiator style. A quick riffle through all the designs to be found on our website will open your eyes to all the possibilities when it comes to style and look – should you not be aware of them already. So, do some research and throw yourself into some serious browsing! For instance, referring again to aluminium; thanks to its relatively light mass it can be moulded into all sorts of different radiator shapes (both vertical and horizontal) and, as it requires low water volume to heat up effectively, can also be mounted on walls, ensuring further dynamic design opportunities.


By contrast, the aforementioned cast-iron is denser, thus takes longer to heat up but retains its heat excellently. A heavyweight option then, there’s no chance you can mount it on a wall, but it’s a very popular option for retro enthusiasts who love the idea of fitting out their home with traditional-looking furniture and fixtures. Alternatively, your head may be turned by the likes of stone or glass as radiator materials – both are energy-efficient and stylistically desirable as they offer great scope for decorative design-work.


So, when it comes to installing a designer radiator, the onus is on you to think practically and pragmatically (what will the room in which it’s going to be installed require as a reliable heat source?) – that then is just as important as choosing the right radiator according trend, interior design or what catches your eye.

Renovation dedication: central heating improvements are popular – but what to know?

Let’s face it; Britain is a nation of homeowners that love to make changes to their properties. And, in their infinite wisdom, one in every three of them (34%) that have embarked on some sort of renovation over the last five years have had their central heating system updated – either getting a new boiler or one or more new radiators installed.


The results come courtesy of a recent survey compiled by the GoCompare Home Insurance company, which also revealed out all owner-occupiers or landlords, nearly half (43%) had something major done to their properties over the last half-decade. Coming top of the renovations list was work carried out on bathrooms (39%), followed by bathrooms (38%) – both of which, of course, are likely to involve the installation of either new bathroom or kitchen radiators in a good number of cases – while the aforementioned work on heating systems and radiators filled out the top three in the survey.


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With most respondents in the poll claiming they sought to make home changes not only to improve their own – or their residents’ – ‘quality of life’, but also to enhance the properties’ potential sell-on value or their popularity with tenants, there’s no question the decision to pay out for such renovation work wasn’t arrived at lightly; for those footing the bill and seeking genuine improvements the stakes are high, as are the expectation levels. In which case, what (if you’re in that position) should you ask yourself before contacting a central heating system and/ or radiator supplier and giving the go ahead for an installation? What burning questions must you ask yourself…?


What do you actually need to replace?


Renovation work to a central heating system doesn’t automatically – or only – mean replacing radiators, so be sure of exactly what work’s needed before you commit to having it done. For instance, radiators, the boiler and cylinders are all critical elements of a gas-powered heating system, of course, but pipework can be just as important – altering things in your system here and there could ignore the fact it’s faulty or worn-out pipework that’s as big an issue as anything else. That said; don’t ignore stark facts either – if your boiler’s more than 15 years old, statistics suggest that replacing it with a younger, modern version may drive up your central heating system’s efficiency by as much as 50%, resulting in considerable savings to your heating bills.


Which boiler will suit your home best?


This may well come down to how big the property is; that is, how many rooms and – especially – bathrooms it contains. The traditional choice is a conventional or system boiler, either of which can serve radiators in different rooms and, more specifically, different baths in different bathrooms (with all the hot water they require). These two types of boilers, both of which need a hot water cylinder, are good for supplying fast-running water to baths and bathroom radiators then; arguably better than the increasingly popular alternative that’s a combi boiler, which although capable of producing heated water on demand, is definitely most suitable for a home comprising one bathroom with one bath.


What about new radiators?


As part of the renovation, what alterations are you actually going to be making to the home’s different rooms? Are you going to be adding rooms – a bathroom here; a bedroom there? If so, does that also mean installing more radiators than the property currently contains? And, if that’s the case, will the present boiler be powerful enough to comfortably supply the extra hot water load required? If you look into it, seek the advice of a professional and it becomes clear your current boiler’s not going to be up to the task – basically because it’s a combi – then you’re probably going to have to upgrade to a conventional or system boiler.


Fundamentally, though, when it comes to renovation work, the bottom line is to be thoughtful, sensible and take your time to do your research, to seek professional advice (you’ll no doubt need it) and to make up your mind before rushing into committing to a renovation involving your central heating system. The last thing you need is to rush into anything before having seen the situation from different angles and arriving at the best solution for your home, you (and your family or tenants) and your bank balance. Good luck!