The first thing to look for is functionality. This means that the radiator provides heat – and well yes, that’s perfectly obvious. However, you'll be surprised by how often people ignore functionality in favour of other things, such as brand name or style. Here, they end up with a radiator that does produce heat, but it’s simply inefficient for the space.
Thus, your most important consideration should be about how much heat you need for the room. This requires that you make some calculations and that you use a BTU calculator. Failure to do so may mean that you end up with a radiator that is bunk, simply because it can’t provide heat for the room.
Very closely related to functionality is efficiency. Efficiency refers to the amount of energy needed to create the heat. If you want to save money on your gas bills, then choose a radiator that has a high efficiency rating. These will have special features, such as fins, panels, and TRVs. Most suppliers will post details of the efficiency rating of their units, so be sure to check this out before you buy the radiator.
Finally, once you’ve addressed issues one and two, you can then start to think about the aesthetics. Here, we are spoiled for choice. There are some fantastic designer radiators available nowadays. However, some of you will want to stick to more traditional styles – you're catered for too. We advise that you spend time looking at what’s available, because there are some truly awe-inspiring units out there.
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