The Dos and Don’ts of Radiator Installation

If there is one thing that every radiator needs, besides electricity of course, is the right installation. If you have decided to take it upon yourself to install your new radiator, then here are some helpful tips that should make your job a lot easier.

Where to Install the New Radiator

Don’t worry about where you should place your new radiator; good radiators can make even make dull spaces look good.

Do take the existing pipework into consideration. People often prefer to install radiators at the same place where they had previously installed the radiator. People are naturally inclined to follow this practice as it gives them a chance to utilise the old pipework and not spend much money in fitting new pipes.

However, you shouldn’t let the pipework alone dictate which wall should be home to your new radiator. You shouldn’t let your past choices restrict your options when it comes to the location of your new radiator.

Dimensions of the Radiator

Don’t rush into buying a radiator!

Do take your time to select the right radiator based on your needs. If you wish to leave this to the experts, our heating specialists can advise you on which radiator will be best suited to your requirements.

Radiators are now available in all shapes and sizes. If you have a specific location in mind for your new radiator, our specialists will take that into consideration and get back to you with our recommendations. As radiators are available in all sorts of variations, it is also possible to get your new radiator installed in compact corners.

Are you worried that the new radiator will not match perfectly with your home décor? If so, you’ll be relieved to know that we have over 40 colours for you to choose from. Our radiators are based on modern designs to keep up with the latest trends in home refurbishment.

The Design of the Radiator

Don’t stick to conventional designs.

Do experiment a little with the available designs, even if it requires you to modify the room settings. If you decide to go against tradition by not installing your new radiator under the window, your options can greatly increase with regards to radiator design. If you have an abandoned wall which you would like to make use of, our vertical radiators can prove to be a great option.

There are various things that you may have to take into consideration when installing vertical radiators. An important consideration is the weight of the radiator when its pipes are filled with water. However, the issue of weight can be resolved by making use of plasterboards.

Our specialists can solve most queries that you may have related to the installation of vertical radiators. 

Selecting the Right Radiator and Valve

Don’t buy a radiator and valve unless you are convinced that it fits your requirements perfectly.

Do carry out the necessary calculations using a BTU calculator before you go ahead with the purchase of a radiator. This calculation will give you the precise heat output that is required of your radiator to heat the room in which the new radiator is to be installed.

The next task is to select the right valve for your radiator. Due to the vast number of options available with valves, most radiator manufacturers do not supply valves along with the product.

The type of valve you need depends on many factors, such as the position of your pipes and their point of connection to the radiator.

  • If pipes have been concealed under the floor and need to be connected to the radiator from the bottom end, then straight valves are the right choice for you.
  • For pipes that emerge from under the floor but connect to the side ends of your radiator, you should select angled valves.
  • For pipes coming out of the wall and connecting to either the bottom end or side end of your radiator, you should purchase corner valves.

The next consideration should be to choose between manual and thermostatic valves.

  • If you want the temperature to be controlled by the main thermostat and not the valve, then you should opt for manual valves.
  • If you want the temperature to be controlled by the thermostat as well as the valve, thermostatic valves is the right choice for you.

So whilst installing your own radiator is not the most mammoth task in the world, there are certainly a lot of considerations that homeowners need to have in mind. If the thought of installing your radiator is still a rather daunting one, get in contact with the team at Great Rads for some expert advice and recommendations.


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