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Radiator buying guide

We know that purchasing a new radiator can feel pretty daunting - so we have put together this buying guide for you to refer to along your journey. Our radiators aren’t limited to the bathroom either – they’re the perfect fit for your whole house.

Posted by: Sunny, 03rd April 2019

Calculate your required heat output

BTU calculators will help you work out which radiator will most effectively heat your room. BTU stands for British Thermal Units and is the level of heat a radiator gives out. Every radiator is given a BTU rating which is clearly highlighted within each product page on soak.com.

Use our very own BTU Calculator to help determine the level of BTUs required to most effectively heat your room.

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What difference do panels make?

It is valuable to note that some radiators have different amounts of panels, depending on their size.

The panel is the long metal tank that becomes filled with hot water. The heat that that is given off from the tank will make your room warm and toasty. It is fairly straightforward - the larger panels will emit more heat or a trick to increase heat without compromising on size.

Single Panel Radiators

If you are looking to have a radiator in your room but aren’t keen on the look of a double-panelled radiator then this might be the option for you! As single panel radiators are generally slimmer, they may be better suited to a minimalist look.

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Double Panel Radiators

Double panel radiators use two tanks as opposed to one. Because there are two panels, more hot water is able to flow into them and so they produce more heat.

These are popular because of their simple design and effectiveness at heating a room. A double panel is a great option as you do not need to have multiple radiators to meet your required BTU - therefore taking up less wall space.

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Vertical Radiators

If you’re looking for a radiator with real visual impact then a vertical radiator could be for you…

As they take up more floor-to-ceiling space, they will generally be more eye-catching than those that run horizontally. This allows you the opportunity to turn a radiator into a real statement piece.

In addition, the slim line design is great for those who are tight on space or have awkward walls where a horizontal radiator just wouldn’t be an option.

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Horizontal Radiators

The name gives it away...

Horizonal radiators are radiators that run horizontally along a wall.

Often found beneath a window, they are great at heating a room, and combating any cold air or drafts which may try to seap through. You’ll probably find that a horizontal radiator will be easier to install as existing pipework should already be in place

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Heated Towel Radiators

Long gone are the days of walking out of a beautiful, hot shower into a freezing, cold room. Wrap up in a warm, soft towel straight from your towel radiator

Ideal for bathrooms, towel radiators offer a functional, yet stylish addition to your bathroom.

You can choose from traditional, contemporary or minimalistic designs - whatever your taste, you’re sure to find one to suit your style – and fall in love with.

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Does a radiator need valves?

It’s something people often forget, but yes, all plumbed radiators require radiator valves. These are purchased separately from the radiator – and it’s important that you choose the right valves for the job.

First things first, do you need a straight valve or angled valve? Generally speaking, if your heating pipes come out of the floor you will need straight valves. If they come out of the wall, it’s angled valves.

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