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The Guide to Choosing a Radiator

Whether you are undertaking a new building project or just want to change individual radiators in your home, our website along with our showrooms and expert advisors will guide you into making the right decision.

Heat Output

Our first consideration will always be that you have enough heat to warm the room to the recommended temperatures. In this instance, the best radiator will depend on the size and layout of each room, the level of insulation and double glazing, whether or not there is an open fire, patio doors etc. Use our Heat Calculator in conjunction with our information on getting the right heat output to help you decide on the best radiator for your needs.

Can I save energy by using aluminium radiators?

Aluminium offers a number of environmental benefits. The first is that they are generally made of recycled materials... so your old drinks cans could be keeping someone warm as we speak! Aluminium radiators generally have a lower water content than radiators made from other materials. Consequently, they can require less energy to heat the water needed to heat the room, arguably making them noticeably cheaper to run. They can also be used with low temperature heating systems, such as ground source pumps.

Whilst it is difficult to put an accurate figure on cost savings, Bisque Radiators have estimated that aluminium radiators could save you up to 10% on your annual heating bill.

Style: designer or contemporaryDesigner radiators are a stylish alternative to the standard ‘pressed steel’ radiators you see in most houses, giving you an aesthetically pleasing and often a more efficient focus in the room.

Style: traditional/classic – We tend to associate cast iron radiators with our school days, churches and older public buildings. Luckily the modern styles of traditional radiator are a lot more efficient than the ones we remember.

Energy efficient – Radiator technology is improving all the time, which means ‘low energy and high output’ are now a hugely effective option, especially where you have a limited amount of wall space. Click here to see our range of energy efficient radiators.

Trench heating – As glass walls and bi-fold doors have become the norm and wall space is at a premium, trench heating offers a sophisticated solution.

Bathroom towel rails - Bathroom radiators and towel rails don’t just have to be functional. We have a wide range of elegant solutions that dry your towels at the same time as making your bathroom stylish. See our range of towel rails here.

Budget – We have radiators to fit almost any budget. Visit one of our showrooms to see our range and talk to one of our members of staff about what’s available within your budget.


Colours and finishes

Modern designer radiators come in a range of colours and finishes:

White - If you need a radiator in a hurry, it is most likely to be in white. This is the standard finish that we tend to keep in stock.

Colours – With most of our radiators, you can choose from a wide palette of colours. Look at the ‘Product Specifications’ box to see which colours are available for your chosen style.

Chrome finish – Chrome has become a fashionable and stylish choice of finish for radiators. Bear in mind that, generally, a chrome finish will reduce heat output by up to 30%, so remember to build this in when calculating the size of radiator you need.

Stainless steel – Stainless steel is a great material to use on radiators because there is no risk of corrosion, peeling, flaking or discoloration of the finish. The additional advantage of the materials is that stainless steel radiators look fantastic.


Heating Systems

Closed circuit heating systems - Closed circuit systems are sealed, which means the water constantly circulates and cannot be changed. It will, therefore, need to be treated in order to protect your radiators.

Open circuit heating systems – Open circuit heating systems use mains water or water from a spring or borehole. This means it’s impossible to chemically treat the water. If you are installing an open circuit system, you must use radiators made from non-ferrous materials like stainless steel, brass, aluminium etc. Please contact us for more information if you are planning on installing radiators onto an open circuit system.

Fuel type – The majority of our radiators can be fitted straight into a standard central heating system, fuelled by gas, electricity or oil.

Dual fuel – A great solution for heating the bathroom. A dual fuel radiator allows you to use your central heating in the winter, but you can switch to an electric mode in the summer to keep your towels warm and dry.

Alternatives to central heating systems

There are situations where a standard central heating system is not an option. It could be because it would be too expensive to extend the current system, such as to a conservatory or office at the bottom of the garden. The easiest and best solution for these situations is to install an electric radiator. Electric radiators have come a long way in terms of both style and efficiency, and will enhance the look of your room at the same time as heating it.