Where is the Best Place to Position Radiators in a Room?

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When it comes to installing radiators in a property for the first time or replacing old radiators, it often becomes a habit to simply put them in where you’ve seen them before, or replace them like-for-like where they are. Traditionally, radiators have been fixed under windows and only on exterior walls of the home – but with progress made in heating technology, better understanding of convection functions and new radiators working more efficiently, there’s now no need to do so.

The best place to position radiators in a home has always been considered to be the coldest parts of it; hence why exterior walls and under large draughty windows had become the standard. Now things have moved on (in the design of properties, windows and radiators), the best position for a radiator may not be where you’d immediately assume.

When looking up where is the best place to put a radiator online, you’ll find plenty of information but it’s imperative that you take each on its merit and translate the advice to fit your home, your radiators and your requirements. There’s no one-size-fits-all and your heating needs to be set up to work for you in the best way possible.

Things to consider when deciding on the best place to put your radiator

Look around your room and consider your options for radiator placement. There’s lots to consider when deciding the best place to put your radiator, and some of these factors may not have even entered your mind!

Will the traditional under-the-window placement still work for you?

If you have double-glazing installed (and most homes in the UK now do), your windows shouldn’t be letting in a draught that the radiator needs to warm through. However, that’s not to say it might not be a good place for your radiator – it’s often an area free from furniture and can give some good space for the hot air to flow freely around the room.

If placing a radiator under a window, what curtains do you have?

It’s not uncommon to see full-length curtains closed and pulled over a radiator… but this entirely negates the point of it! The hot air the radiator emits is stifled by the fabric and unable to circulate property around the space. All you heat up is your curtains, which can also be a safety concern. Opt for curtains that don’t cover below the window if there’s a radiator beneath it.

What kind of space do you have free?

Even the smallest of wall spaces can now have a radiator fitted, so there’s no need to arrange everything around a large wall. Check through Great Rad’s range of column radiators for thin wall spaces, towel radiators for bathrooms and trench radiators for when there’s no wall space free at all. Long gone are the days where you need a large bare wall for a heater – now there are plenty of other options.

How do you want to position your furniture around the room?

Radiators should always be placed away from bulky furniture if possible, in order for the hot air to circulate properly around the room. If you have a large piece of furniture that you definitely want to place along a wall, that wall is not going to be the best place to install your radiator.

Are you choosing an internal or external wall to install your radiator on?

Internal walls can now make for great spots for radiators but there’s no need not to put them on external walls if that’s your freest space. To negate any hot air unduly flowing into the exterior wall (which are by their nature cooler than their internal counterparts), simply install some radiator insulation behind the heater. This is available at hardware and home stores and is fairly inexpensive. Radiator insulation works by reflecting heat off of the wall and back into the room. It can make a noticeable difference to a room’s temperature – and to your energy bills!

Where does the existing pipework lead to?

If you already have pipework installed, it’s definitely easiest to work around the infrastructure already in place. However, this doesn’t need to constrain your decision on where to install radiators. Heating engineers and plumbers can rework pipework to facilitate radiators going almost anywhere in a home.

If you’d like more info on which radiator could fit your awkwardly shaped walls or would like to learn more about heating options such as trench heating or underfloor heating that doesn’t take up wall space, drop the Great Rads team a quick note. We’re knowledgeable in a whole host of heating solutions and can always help you find something that works for you and the available space in your home.

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