Choose the right radiators for your home
Ever wondered why your home still feels cold even with a good gas boiler installed? It could be that your heating system is undersized.
Size … it really does matter
When it comes to investing in a new heating system, there’s no denying that the costs can often be prohibitive. Sometimes this results in people investing in a swanky new, high efficiency boiler simply to leave the old radiators and pipework in place. And whilst upgrading an entire heating system isn’t always a necessity, there are times when older radiators simply can’t won’t deliver the level of heat output required.
So it’s always good to consider whether the radiators you have installed are big enough for the size of room you are trying to heat.
Quantity … less isn’t always best
When I talk about undersized heating systems, I’m not just referring to the dimensions of each individual radiator. I’m also talking about the number of radiators.
I often come across large rooms which are only serviced by one radiator and it simply isn’t enough. This is particularly true if the size of that radiator is too small or is placed under a window that isn’t double-glazed.
As qualified heating engineers, we use calculations to determine the size and number of radiators needed for each room to achieve optimum heat output. This enables us to offer the best advice and heating solution for your home.
Radiator types and placement
The type of radiator you choose to have fitted can also play a major role in how well your home is heated. Installing double rather than single panel radiators in larger rooms can dramatically improve the warmth achieved. And indeed double panel double convector radiators will offer even greater heat output.
Placement is another key factor in making your rooms warmer. For example, placing radiators under windows can lead to heat loss. This can either be through inefficient windows that aren’t double-glazed, or simply by blocking the heat behind long curtains. Consideration should be given to whether a radiator should be moved. Or alternatively whether a second radiator could be installed on another wall.
Efficiency of radiators
Switching to thermostatic radiator valves can also offer a more efficient way of managing heat output. Radiators can be managed on an individual basis creating a more efficient system. This can be particularly useful when you have rooms that are not used as much. Why spend money on heating rooms that you’re not using regularly?
Designer radiators or towel rails might look incredible but they aren’t always the best choice for a cold, large room. So, make sure the heat output will cover the size of room you want to heat.
Radiator condition and magnetic filters
The condition of your radiators is one final consideration when assessing whether or not you’re getting the most from your heating system. When radiators become old or clogged up with debris, they become inefficient. Flushing the system and adding inhibitor solutions is one way to help radiators to do their job properly.
But another way to keep corrosive deposits to a minimum is to fit a magnetic filter to your heating system. Magnetic filters offer an excellent way of helping to maintain a healthier, more efficient heating system.
If your home isn’t as warm as you’d like, get in touch for an assessment to determine improvements that can be made to your heating system.