But these days it’s possible to spend thousands of pounds on some exotic models that look like works of art suspended on the wall.
There’s even a type of radiator where the buyer is involved in the final unique design finish that can be a favourite picture.
As long as the principle of a cavity with water entering one end and flowing out the other is maintained then it becomes easier to understand how it’s all possible.
It’s also essential to measure the BTU in the room so that there is enough surface area of heated metal to keep the room warm.
We know that a radiator gets its name from radiating heat but let’s not forget that all radiators also act as convectors. Heat radiates outwards but the air above the radiator is also contributing to the room’s overall warmth.
As the warmer air rises so colder air is drawn in from below. These new stylish radiators can become part of the room’s décor and as such a property makeover will benefit from individual examples that may be different in every room.
Some of the newer vertical radiators can be as slim as you wish to fit all widths of alcove. And where there are low windows it’s equally possible to buy long horizontal ones.
Chrome or polished steel radiators look especially good in the bathroom. Both these finishes are ideal in an environment where rust could easily otherwise develop.
If fitting new radiators don’t forget to check out the boiler. Old boilers may be costing you more money and the new combi ones are far more efficient.
This type of boiler will also take up a lot less space and as it gives hot water by demand, will mean there is no need for any space taking water tank.
In smaller properties where space is everything a skilfully fitted new central heating system with new boiler and appropriate size radiators is essential.