Radiators come in all shapes and sizes, and this opens up a wonderful world of options when it comes to interior design. Rather than having to make do with the basic panel radiators that we all know and don’t love, why not combine the latest in radiator style with the most advanced functionality to give you the best of both worlds in your home?
Vertical radiators have been on trend for some time and they’re the perfect example of how a room or area in your home can be transformed simply by carefully choosing and positioning the right type of radiator. If you’re considering going vertical, here are 5 good reasons to think about.
Stunning choice of designs
There’s no denying the fact that vertical radiators are eye catching in their own right. For starters, they stand out from the regular radiator crowd simply because they’re tall, thin and a bit different. As a unique and interesting twist to the fixtures and fittings of the room, an upright radiator creates added interest.
Whether you go for a grand style statement or a minimalist look, there’s a wide choice of materials, colours and finishes available. Why choose a white radiator when you can colour match it to your wall paint or create a focal point with a contrast colour? How about opting for anthracite or a mirror finish to add a wow factor? From traditional to contemporary settings, there’s a vertical radiator solutions out there to match your interior décor perfectly.
Clever use of space
Another reason for the rising popularity of upright radiators is the sheer practicality they offer. Space and room sizes are a major concern in many homes, and the position of the radiator in the room often dictates where sofas, beds and storage units can be placed.
Vertical radiators make the most of the available height rather than width, using otherwise redundant wall space higher up. That way, more precious wall space is freed up lower down – a particularly useful solution for smaller rooms, or for older properties with tall ceilings.
Radiators should not be obstructed, otherwise the heat coming from them can be blocked – which defeats the purpose of having a radiator in your room in the first place. However, a horizontal radiator can take up so much space in the room that you may have no option but to put a sofa, armchair or bed against it.
With a vertical radiator, this isn’t a problem. The fact that they are so much narrower than their horizontal counterparts counts in their favour – there’s less chance of an obstruction of the warm airflow.
Kitchen and bathroom solutions
Kitchens and bathrooms tend to be popular locations in the home for upright radiators. Often, these are the smallest rooms in the house with little usable wall space, meaning a practical and space saving heating solution is needed – and preferably one that offers some aesthetic appeal too.
Vertical radiators are perfect for doubling up as heated towel rails, particularly if they have a ladder style design with heated rungs that towels can be placed on. A great solution – it means that you can heat both the room as well as the towels. For maximum usability, check out both dual fuel and electric radiator models.
Of course, the main purpose of any radiator is to provide effective heating for the room it is destined for. Here you need to know that there is little difference between horizontal and vertical radiators in terms of heat output (BTU) and you’ll be pleased to hear that vertical designer radiators are as efficient as they are beautiful.
What determines the heat output of a radiator isn’t so much the shape but the material it is made from. Vertical aluminium radiators, for instance, heat up fast but also cool down fast. The heat generated has less staying power compared to, say, a cast iron radiator that is slower to warm up but will retain the heat for longer before cooling down.
You should always use a BTU (British Thermal Units) calculator in order to work out the size of radiator required for a particular room. Influencing factors include the room dimensions, window sizes and wall material including the presence of any insulation.