Designer radiators: tips for choosing the right style

A buyer’s guide to designer radiators and the hottest trends for 2021

Promotional Feature By Jennifer Turner | 1 November 2020

Unsure where to start with a design radiator for your project? Try this handy buyer’s guide from the experts…

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Heating is about more than just warming your home. Increasingly, it’s a major design factor that can create a stunning focal point. We look at five key factors to consider and top tips for choosing the right designer radiator for your project.

Choosing a designer radiator

This guide is to help steer you through what’s important when choosing designer radiators to warm your house. It doesn’t matter where the space is, there will be a radiator to suit it. Whether you’re looking at a total renovation, remodelling the space or preparing to sell, designer radiators can stylishly modernise your interior and transform any space. There are five key factors to consider.

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What BTU output is required to heat the space?

With so much choice, there’s no need to compromise on style. However, it’s vital you get the space and environment measured accurately for the BTU’s required to ensure your chosen radiators can heat the space effectively.

BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and it’s a quick and easy way to benchmark the heat output of a radiator to help you decide if it’s capable of heating the space or not. Agadon Designer Radiators have a free online BTU calculator, so all you need is a tape measure and then you can input the measurements to calculate the BTU needed for the space. You can then decide if you want a single radiator or a combination to heat the space more efficiently.

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Do you need plumbed, electric or dual fuel radiators?

Whether you have a conventional central heating system or not, there will be occasions when you may choose electric over a traditional wet system radiator. It could be that the location makes it too expensive to extend the existing central heating, and electric is a much easier install option.

The key driver is the space to be heated, but if your project is a bathroom or kitchen, you may want to consider dual fuel. A dual fuel designer radiator is connected to both your central heating and mains electricity, which means it can be turned on independently.

The advantage of dual fuel designer radiators is that they’re linked up to the central heating and can be turned on at the flick of a switch if you simply need a single room heating and don’t want the whole central heating system on.