Why Vertical Panel Radiators Have Risen in Popularity

In recent years, there has been a growing demand for vertical radiators in homes up and down the country. From bathrooms and kitchens to hallways and living rooms, vertical radiators can add character and a focal point to any sized room.

Now in a range of styles, designs, colours and boasting impressive features, it’s no surprise that more homeowners are opting to install vertical radiators. But what exactly is behind this drive in interest? And is there any difference between traditional horizontal radiators and the new vertical ones? We explore everything there is to know here.

Are vertical panel radiators efficient?

One of the most common questions we get is, ‘Are vertical radiators more efficient?’. And yes, they can be.

In terms of heat efficiency, vertical radiators work in the same way as traditional horizontal radiators. Newer products are generally likely to be more efficient than older ones. However, one way that vertical radiators are definitely more efficient is saving space. Vertical models stand up tall and take up less surface space. This means you actually need a smaller area to install one, and it means you could potentially fit other pieces of furniture around it.

This orientation also means that your heating output can improve. Standard radiators are often hidden by tables or concealed by sofas. This negatively impacts how much heat can escape, and therefore the overall temperature of your room. With vertical radiators, however, you can save space, choose which furniture you want and ensure any heat isn’t being blocked.

Examples of vertical panel radiators settings

As with any other radiators, vertical panel radiators can be installed anywhere in the house. Some of the most common places include:

  • Kitchen — Vertical radiators only take up a small amount of horizontal space, which is why they’re popular in kitchens where many families are looking to create more space
  • Hallways — Not taking up lots of room but heating up quickly makes them a popular addition to many halls and corridors
  • Bathrooms — Similar to towel rails, vertical radiators can be installed in bathrooms, shower rooms and individual toilet rooms to dry towels and keep the space warm

What are the benefits of vertical radiators?

Below we explore some of the benefits of vertical radiators:

They’re an alternative solution

Years ago, homeowners would allow their plumber to choose the radiator, with every model looking basically the same. Nowadays, there is a range of styles, colours, features and more. In fact, vertical radiators can even become an interesting focal point of a room.  

They’re ideal for modern and old properties

With so many different designs to choose from, you can be sure to find one that suits your home and its interior trend. Contemporary properties may opt for a sleek white design; whereas, traditional properties may choose a black iron design to suit the age and feel of the home. There are also rounded and squared radiators to suit all manner of rooms.

It helps you to maximise space

Small wall space doesn’t have to look bare anymore. With vertical radiators, you can place large pieces of furniture and artwork exactly where you want them. Then, the smaller spaces can house compact and characteristic space-saving radiators. This, in turn, helps you to get the most out of your living space.

You can add variety to rooms

As well as being an eye-grabbing design feature, vertical radiators allow you to make the most of your wall space. For example, if you have a thin wall with windows on either side, installing a vertical radiator in between them can be very effective.

They’re easy to transport and install

Another benefit of vertical panel radiators is that they are very easy to install. They’re light, simple to work with and easy to move around — which makes it especially useful if your home has lots of stairs, tight corners or narrow rooms. If you have no experience installing radiators, it is recommended that you seek out the services of a professional installer.

What’s the difference between vertical radiators and heated towel rails?

Homeowners in search of ways to use their space efficiently while heating their home have often turned to heated towel rails. With so many options available, vertical radiators can be a great solution for bathrooms. But what’s the difference between the two? While both are effective at drying towels, a vertical radiator can help to heat the room in full. Generally speaking, a towel rail might feel like it’s giving off adequate heat but, if it’s a warm room you want, only a radiator will help.

If you’re looking for a vertical radiator for your property, why not let the team at Great Rads help? We can advise on the best vertical radiator for your home, various styles, prices, installation and more so drop us a message today. Plus, if you have any other questions about an existing or new radiator, we will do our best to answer them.


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