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Where Should You Install a New Radiator?

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Where Should You Install a New Radiator?



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Compact Radiator

Are you thinking of adding a radiator to a particular room, but are unsure about the best position for installation? If so, you need to read this article. Today, we are going to look at the best positioning for a new radiator. We also offer tips and advice to help you to work out a few issues surrounding installation.


The Ultimate Place to Hang a Radiator

Without a doubt, the absolute best place to install a radiator is below a window on a north facing room. This is because, in the UK, it will be the coldest area of the room. You need to place your radiator in the coldest place in the room so that the cold air is warmed first. This prevents cold currents from circulating the room.


Of course, it’s not as simple as this. You might have a window on a south or east-facing wall, and still have a north-facing wall that doesn’t have a window. In this instance, the best place to hang the radiator is still below the window, rather than on the north-facing wall.



If you have a non-north facing wall with a window, and also a north facing wall that is also an outside wall, then you may want to consider installing two radiators in that room. A compact radiator on the north-facing wall and a traditional, longer, radiator beneath the window.


The Position of the Pipes

All of the above is well and good, but what if you do not have water pipes in that area? For example, in Victorian homes, it’s common for the pipes to run along the inside walls, which means that the only place to install a radiator is on an inside wall. This is the least efficient place to hang a radiator, so what can you do?


There are two options here:


1. You can hire a plumber to extend the pipe work so that it runs to the window. This can be expensive and it often means lifting the floor. If your floor is difficult to access – e.g. you have tiling or laminate wood flooring, then this project can prove expensive.


2. You can install an electric radiator instead. Again, this can be expensive because you may need an electrician to reroute the electrics. However, it usually works out cheaper than rerouting the central heating pipework. It’s important to bear in mind that electric radiators are more expensive than central heating radiators to run, but that this is likely to change, as renewable energy becomes the norm.


The Size of the Radiators

When placing a radiator beneath the window, there may not be much space. In this case, it’s worth investing in compact radiators.These are small, but they can pack as much of a punch as the larger radiators when designed well. A compact radiator may look better beneath a smaller window because the two align. A larger radiator may look out of place – too big for the space.


Are you interested in buying a new radiator? If you are, please visit https://www.designerradiatorsdirect.co.uk/.

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