How A Radiator can Update the Appearance of Your Home
At this time of year, it can be a good idea to address your home decor again. As the seasons change, so does the quality of natural light that comes streaming in through the window. This subtly changes the shade of the colors on your walls. You may notice some wear and tear or just feel it is time for a change. While you may not want to tackle the whole house in one go, you can certainly draw up a plan of action, starting with the room that most needs your attention.
One of the first things to look tatty, but also one of the hardest to tidy up, is the radiator. These can look scruffy with just one or two scuffs. Alternatively, the bottom edge may be starting to rust. Over the years, there have been lots of design changes in radiators. You can choose a number of stylish designs such as column radiators or flat panels. These look up to date and are very effective if you are looking for a modern or more minimalist look. You can also choose a number of color finishes to match the color palette of your room.
Radiators are essential if you have oil or gas fired central heating. They work by heating water that runs through all the radiators in your house on a circuit. This very hot water enters the radiators which then radiate that heat into the room to raise the ambient temperature. Sometimes radiators can feel quite intrusive on the room. They can be inconveniently located leaving you with no choice but to put furniture in front of them. They can also feel bulky and unpleasant because of their old-fashioned styles. By buying something more contemporary to replace them with, you can lift the style of the room and dramatically improve the overall look and feel of your space.
Radiators are not the only way to heat your home. You may also be interested in installing some underfloor heating. As more and more people are replacing carpets with wood, granite, slate and stone floors, underfloor heating is becoming more prevalent. Flexible tubing runs in a snake-like pattern, secured down under the floor. Like radiators, this is then added to central heating circuit of your boiler system. The heat is felt as warmth on the floor’s surface. Unlike radiators where the heat rises from a point on the wall about a meter high, underfloor heating heats the entire room from the ground up. Hot air rises, so you should feel the warmth wherever you are.
Gas central heating remains the cheapest way to effectively heat a family home, but these days, the cost of a unit of gas is very expensive. Solar panels have yet to be effective enough to sustain a heating system on their own. Because of this, you will need to decide which rooms need radiators. If you are remodeling your home, you may be extending. This increases the volume of your home so you will need to add radiators to compensate. Knocking down a partition wall could also cause the same problems because you are creating a larger space. Check with your heating engineer, how many radiators you will need.
If you are looking to upgrade your radiators this season, you might want to check out some of the better brands. Hudson Reed or Phoenix branded radiators may be the kind of radiators that would add some style to your home this season. If you are turning one large room into two smaller ones, let your builder know if you are thinking of installing new fixtures and fittings like radiators or lights. It is much easier to do this while works are in progress than before or after. Your remodeling contractor may have a good plumber on retention to install these for you. That way you can check the pressure in your boiler is appropriately equalized before you start to use them in the winter.
Once you have your new radiators installed, you can start to think about how to maximize their appearance and use. If you have small children or babies crawling nearby, you can buy some lovely radiator cupboards that double up as shelves. They allow the heat to rise through, but the heat of the radiator itself cannot be touched directly by sensitive or vulnerable fingers. If you are adding shelves to your radiator, you can place some of your photos or a vase of flowers on there. Some shelves are heat reflective, so the heat doesn’t penetrate the shelf but instead moves out to warm the room effectively.
Changing your radiators may help your home become more energy efficient. New technologies have improved the efficiency and radiating capabilities of modern radiators. Radiators of the sixties and seventies were a great improvement over those from the earliest period of radiators. Today’s are lighter, more attractive, and release their heat more effectively. They take up less space to generate the same warming effect. Underfloor heating is also more efficient than it used to be. The wider choice of floorings to take advantage of these useful systems has helped make them far more popular. Some homes have also experimented with solar panels to heat the water that courses through the systems for one or more rooms too. This could be something you would like to look into before you commit to any works or replacements.
Replacing radiators and utilizing new ways to heat your home may cost you a little time and upheaval, but the benefits are enormous. Financially, you could be saving money on your heating costs. A better looking heating system will also increase the appeal and value of your home. It can be tricky to keep up with trends when it comes to home styling, but changing your radiators may just keep you one step ahead. Old fashioned radiators with chipping paint and rust are a nuisance to maintain, but new ones can be maintenance free with respect to this. Bring some style to your walls with a modern radiator.