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The ultimate radiator buying guide
Radiators are an important addition to your home. After all, they are what keep you warm when you are feeling the cold. Not only this, but you should never forget about how they can also add style to your home too.
In modern home design, radiators are designed to add to your home in a wide range of ways. They are there to improve how efficient the heating is in your home and also come in a variety of styles so that they add to the overall look and design of your home.
So, with so much to choose from, it can be hard to find the ideal radiator for your home. To help you on your way, we have put together our ultimate radiator buying guide.
Shall I choose plumbed or electric?
There is a good chance that you are going to want to use your current plumbed system, as this will make it easier to install new radiators. However, if you want to add a radiator into a space that doesn't currently have access to the plumbed system, then you may want to think about an electric radiator instead. In fact, they are often the choice for those that are building a loft conversion or perhaps an extension or conservatory.
Plumbed radiators are a traditional way to heat your home and not only come in a number of styles but are known to be incredibly efficient too. Electric radiators are controlled within each individual room, they are a modern approach and are often slimline and easy to install. All you need is an electrician and a plug socket and you will have a flat, or low profile way to heat your home.
Where will you hang it?
Along with choosing which radiator you are going to go for, you also need to pick the right place for it to hang in your home? The wall that you are going to hang the radiator on is going to give you a lean towards particular styles or sizes that are going to work.
If you have a masonry or brickwork wall, then you are going to have plenty of different radiators that you can choose from. This is because these particular style of walls are strong and can take even the larger and heavier radiators.
If you have a studwork wall, which is constructed from plasterboard with hollow space behind it, then you need to identify where the studs run before you put on your radiators. These can be found with a stud finder and once you know where these are, you will know the strongest part of the wall and where you should hang your radiator from. You will also need to have a lighter option as the wall is not going to be strong enough to hold one of the heavier style of radiators.
Finding a radiator for your home can be made a whole lot easier if you know the things to look out for. Hopefully these things help to ensure that you have the perfect radiator not only in design but also in effectiveness too.