- A look at practical and stylish radiator options
- How to choose the best design for each room
- Save money by improving heating efficiency in your home
Wave goodbye to boring radiators and say hello to hip heating units. Gone are the days when radiators were a dull but necessary afterthought. Today’s heating can be just as much a part of the look and feel of your home as your furniture or the style of lighting you use. As well as keeping your home toasty, the latest high street designs can inject style into every room – and there are plenty of options to suit every budget.
Heated towel rails are the perfect solution for warming up your bathroom whilst drying your softest fluffy towels. They are typically made up of rounded or straight-fronted tubes – just like the rungs of a ladder – helping you to dry several towels at once, a great option for busy families.
The latest rads from brands such as Stelrad and Radox come in a huge array of shapes and sizes – from swanky stainless steel or chrome units that fit nicely into compact bathrooms and awkward spaces, to stunning high-end designer pieces shaped like coiled springs or coat hangers.
Panel radiators are the best option for those who like to keep things simple. They combine a large surface area with a svelte look. When it comes to deciding where to put your radiator, panel designs can also be a more flexible option and leave lots of room for placing furniture.
Flat panel radiators
With their polished looks, flat panel radiators are the ideal choice for people searching for a sleek and contemporary finish. If space is tight, they can replace bulkier, cast-iron column radiators without compromising on heating efficiency. They come in lots of versions, from standard horizontal models to more flexible vertical designs like the stunning T-Line and Milano Capri models – perfect for that tricky space next to a door – allowing you to position them almost anywhere you want.
Looking for a timeless style? Look no further than the latest column radiator styles. The classically styled upright designs of models by Delonghi and Kudox are perfect for people living in Victorian or Edwardian houses or those looking to inject a little retro chic into their life.
Don't be fooled into thinking that column radiators are just for traditionalists. Although they slot easily into period sitting rooms, a variety of modern finishing and colouring options mean that they are equally at home in industrial style kitchens.
Low surface temperature radiators
Also known as LSTs, low surface temperature radiators eliminate any risk of scorching little hands – making them a good choice for new parents. Models like the Guardian and Maxi LST by Jaga work by using airflow to keep the surface of the radiator cool without affecting heat performance.
How to make your heating more efficient
As well as being a stylish addition to your pad, an efficient heating system could help you save money and reduce your utility bills, especially in the cold winter months.
- Make sure you get your boiler and heating system serviced annually
- Invest in a new high efficiency boiler
- Consider fitting thermostatic radiator control valves (TRVs) – they could potentially save you hundreds of pounds a year on your heating bill
- Check out the latest thermostats, like the state-of-the-art Hive Active Heating™ thermostat, which can also hook up with your smartphone, tablet or laptop – allowing you to control your heating and hot water when you're on the move.
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