Our radiators are an essential part of our homes, but many of us wait too long to invest in upgrades. Why will upgraded radiators benefit you long-term?
As a homeowner, one of the most common issues you likely run into will be high energy bills. Heating our homes is an expense that, especially at the moment, can be impossible to meet. The rising cost of living naturally has many people focused on the problems they have with meeting their bills and paying for the utilities they need. This, of course, includes your heating. Especially as the infamous British winter hits, our radiators find themselves busier than ever. This keeps us warm, but at an increasingly large cost.
Yet, for all of the energy rises that you can do nothing about, you can find ways to reduce your energy costs in the long-term. Ask yourself one question: when did you last change your radiators?
Get in touch today, and let me show you what I can do to get your radiators working as good as new. It does not take much to get radiators working to the expected standard, but they must be fitted by an experienced professional. Let me help you get your upgraded radiators fitted, installed, and heating-up your home ASAP!
Having new radiators fitted can bring prolonged savings into your home for years to come. It can also make heating your home quicker, easier, and simpler than ever. Wondering why you should get a new radiator? Consider the following reasons.
Few investments you make in your home can recoup the return on investment (ROI) that you get with radiators. Why? Because they make much better use of the energy you apply to run them. This means that the heaters use energy much more efficiently, saving you money by making sure you spend less to get more. Your current radiators could be costing you far more money than they should to run due to inefficiencies and age.
New radiators pay for themselves over the cost of their lifespan simply by keeping your energy bills down. And with the current cost of energy, every little helps on this front!
With older radiators you are relying on an external thermostat to get the price right. This often means your home is approximately as warm as you want it; sometimes more, sometimes less. With more modern radiators, though, they tend to have a thermostatic fitting that allows you to get the heat and room temperature stop on.
If you are someone who finds one degree too much or too little turns a comfortable temperature into an unbearable one, this can be very useful!
By the way, if you have a faulty valve or indeed no valve at all and need one fitting to an existing radiator, I provide this is service also.
The last benefit of having newly upgraded radiators is peace of mind. You know that your radiators are now going to last for over a decade without having to be replaced. When cared for properly, that could even stretch to two decades (see below)!
That peace of mind is not something you should disregard lightly.
So obviously radiators come in different sizes. By that I mean height and length. But did you know they also come in different widths/depths?
The modern radiator has 3 general “types” Type 11, type 21 and type 22
Basically, type 22 is the deepest of the 3 types. It has more fins and has a higher heat output than the type 11 and 21.
SO each of these has their place. One type may be suited to one size of room, where another may be more suited to a different size of room. A big type 22 would look out of place in a very small room. Plus it would probably give out way too much heat for your requirements. Similarly, a type 11 in a very big room may never get that room to temperature, or if it did it would take a long time.
Another very important factor that determines which to choose is your pipework.
The centre point on the type 22 is in a different place to the other two types.
Therefore it might mean your current plumbing does not suite or you may need to have your pipes adjusted (if they can be) adding to the time, cost and inconvenience and possible mess/damage to surrounding plaster etc
So when buying be mindful of this. Or if I am doing a supply and fit I can advise on the most suitable type.
Sometimes, for various reasons your radiators can get air in them.
This is nothing to worry about unless of course it is happening on a regular basis. That said, when you do get air in the system it is best to remove it as soon as possible.
Having air in the heating system can make it much harder for your boiler to function at its best and likewise your radiators will need to be on longer. It is inefficient and can mean you are paying more to heat your home. Not to mention the extra strain on your boiler which could lead to damage.
So if you take a radiator bleed key and go round each of your radiator periodically you can bleed the air from them yourself. Don’t forget, if any air does come out you need to top up your boiler with water to compensate for where the air was and where there should be water.
Alternatively you can fit “Autovents”