Radiators are a common feature in every home, whether it’s a modern new-build or an old character property. The style and quantity will depend on a number of variables, including size, personal preference and the characteristics and requirements of the individual property.
There are a number of radiator styles to choose from, including the fairly common single- or double-panel variety, but the column style is fast becoming a popular choice again for many homes. They are popular for a number of reasons.
Column radiators give a greater heat output than more traditional radiators of a similar physical size due to the greater overall surface area. Every column has multiple surfaces compared to the maximum of six found on traditional options. This means that a smaller radiator is needed in this style and will take up less room. When choosing radiators for a home, you need to know the BTU (British Thermal Unit) requirement for each room to work out the size you will need. A Gas Safe Register can calculate this for you. Alternatively, a number of suppliers and manufacturers have online calculators on their sites which can provide a guide.
Due to their increasing popularity, there are a number of designs now available in both modern and traditional styles to meet the requirements of any home. Perhaps the most recognised is the classic style such as those found at apolloradiators.co.uk/designer-radiators/roma-horizontal-steel-column-radiator. A classic style can add a touch of retro to a modern home, making it feel instantly cosier. It will also enhance a more period property and blend effortlessly with its surroundings.
Due to the way in which this style of radiator heats up, they can potentially hold hot water for longer periods than panel radiators. This can mean that not only is more heat emitted but that it is emitted for longer before the radiator cools down. Potentially this could make a difference to how long your boiler needs to work in each daily cycle.
Whether the room is large or small, there will be an option that suits. They are available in a range of sizes, starting at just two columns, and are made in an assortment of sizes and shapes. They can be hung either vertically or horizontally according to both room shape and personal preference.