Radiators

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Zandana123 Thu 20-Aug-20 18:06:57

Hi, pretty dull topic but let's try and make it more exciting!

I've just removed 3 rads from our 90s house as we've done up the rooms and they're a bit old looking.

Trying to find some nicer new ones.

The kudox ones from screwfix are ok but not particularly inspired and a little bulky.

Does anyone care about radiators, and know which ones are nice, and where to view/buy them?

Talking strictly the standard horizontal type.

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shiveringwiggles Thu 20-Aug-20 18:47:57

I can't pretend to know about radiators but they are on my to do list too, so I'm checking in ready for tips :-)

Zandana123 Wed 26-Aug-20 22:37:51

Anyone have any ideas?

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user1471462428 Wed 26-Aug-20 22:43:07

Hot interiors is where we got ours from. They have everything imaginable

SchrodingersImmigrant Wed 26-Aug-20 22:43:52

Nice is a relative thing. What I find nice may not be nice for someone else.

I have the modern ones. Really wanted the cast iron ones, but good ones were above the budget.

Babs709 Wed 26-Aug-20 22:44:24

I got mine from soak.com but the site closed down... check other bathroom stores? I found them cheaper than screwfix too

Babs709 Wed 26-Aug-20 22:45:15

Mine are the same as Schrodingers black ones but white. Some are vertical.

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SchrodingersImmigrant Wed 26-Aug-20 22:45:29

Babs709

I got mine from soak.com but the site closed down... check other bathroom stores? I found them cheaper than screwfix too

Oh that's a shame! They had great stuff

Qc16 Wed 26-Aug-20 23:37:14

We bought Zehnder column radiators www.radiatorshowroom.com/zehnder-charleston-2-column-white-1356-p.asp 20+ years and they haven’t dated at all. I still see them being sold in all the best radiator shops.

Zandana123 Sat 29-Aug-20 07:56:22

Thanks all, gives me something to go on! My wife was complaining yesterday when the house was chilly, as I've already chucked two of the rads. This may become urgent 😀

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areallthenamesusedup Sat 29-Aug-20 09:28:42

There are free on line calculators where you input size of room, height, windows, wall type and it will tell you size required by heating output. It’s important you get the heat right output. A good plumbers merchant will be able to advise good reliable brands.

SchrodingersImmigrant Sat 29-Aug-20 20:00:38

areallthenamesusedup

There are free on line calculators where you input size of room, height, windows, wall type and it will tell you size required by heating output. It’s important you get the heat right output. A good plumbers merchant will be able to advise good reliable brands.

I second that. And think about where to put them if you are changing position and room. When we knocked through we put different sized into different places and it works. As pp said, good plumber should help

Neron Sat 29-Aug-20 22:22:57

It depends on what look you're trying to achieve, and then go from there.
For example I wanted stylish looking rads with optimum heat output (BTUs).
I've therefore got aluminium rads as they are the better conductor. I've got double columns rather than single as more heat output. Size wise, my 1000mm rads have a BTU output of over 8000 each. That's nice and toasty and they look amazing.
I just spent some time looking in to it, and this is what I've found.

Zandana123 Sun 30-Aug-20 08:14:25

So apparently our bedroom needs 1870 BTU. Yours must be mega toasty 😀

What happens if the btu output is too high

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Babamamananarama Sun 30-Aug-20 08:37:34

If BTU is too high either you get very hot (and spend more on heating than you should) or you set the dial on the radiator to low not max so it reaches a comfortable temperature.

Neron Sun 30-Aug-20 08:43:09

We are open plan, so a lot to heat

SchrodingersImmigrant Sun 30-Aug-20 08:54:39

Zandana123

So apparently our bedroom needs 1870 BTU. Yours must be mega toasty 😀

What happens if the btu output is too high

Are you sure? I did example of 4x4, standard ceiling, 1 window, first floor and it showed 3000

Pipandmum Sun 30-Aug-20 08:59:57

Amazon sells cast iron Victorian style radiators. They look better in real life than this pic. Comes in all sorts of sizes.

Babamamananarama Sun 30-Aug-20 09:01:35

Neron where did you get yours? I'm about to move somewhere with large rooms and will need to update rads soon.

Neron Sun 30-Aug-20 09:08:03

@Babamamananarama from the Just Radiators website. Lots of choice/styles and one of the better places in terms of prices. I really recommend them

Eng123 Sun 30-Aug-20 09:08:20

Don't worry too much about exceeding the thermal capacity as you will no doubt have TRVs and a stat elsewhere. The drawback is that the rads will be bigger than they need to be, the advantage is that the room will heat up quicker ( if the boiler is rated high enough). I'm a screwfix kudox fan I'm afraid! But I do know what you mean about being dull, I like column rads but 5rying to keep then clean is a nightmare. Have 6ou thought about basic rads but using rad covers?

BewareTheBeardedDragon Sun 30-Aug-20 16:50:02

I have the modern column ones, very like the Zehnder ones linked to upthread. They look lovely and stylish, but the are an absolute bugger to clean. They're totally hollow between the two lines of columns and they are just dust magnets. They also sit really far out from the wall and for instance are too big really for the modest sized rooms in my house. I would not buy them again.

cyclingmad Sun 30-Aug-20 17:05:43

www.bestheating.com/milano-aruba-anthracite-horizontal-designer-radiator-various-sizes-78654

I got these ones but in white, look really stylish and weren't too expensive

cyclingmad Sun 30-Aug-20 17:06:33

I have a long bendy thing that helps keep them clean and I can push it through all the gaps

FlamedToACrisp Sun 30-Aug-20 18:26:53

What principles would you suggest for choosing where to put the radiators?

Under the window and the heat all goes up and disappears through the glass... anywhere else and the windows get condensation and there's less wall space for the furniture...?

Thermostat - near the door and all the heat is sucked out as it opens... then the other rooms overheat as the thermostat decides it's cold? Or far away from the door, so the thermostat thinks your room is warm enough, although it's freezing cold near the door?

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