Radiators are one of the most frequently used appliances in your house and are used for the majority of the autumn and winter months. For this reason, it is very important that you take care of your radiators and keep them maintained, not only for hygiene and safety reasons but also to save money.
You can get your radiator professionally serviced but as well as this there are some pretty simple maintenance tips you can follow.
Clean Your Radiators
When radiators heat up it causes the air surrounding it to rise which leads to dust to rise up from the floor. When the dust gets accumulated it will create a layer of insulation which will then cause the performance of your radiator to be lowered.
Cleaning radiators is a simple task to do but sometimes it can be easily forgotten. Use a vacuum to get rid of the dust and then wipe down the surface of the radiator. Once you get into the habit of doing this you will notice an improvement in the heat performance and an additional benefit – it keeps your house less dusty!
Check For Cold Spots
If you own a designer radiator that is fixed on the wall, then chances are over a period of time, sludge might get accumulated in it which will have a massive impact on your radiator’s performance as it causes cold spots.
The best way to identify these are by touching the bottom of the radiator and see if you can identify cold spots (be careful though as the radiator could still be hot!) If you do find any cold spots then that is your clear indication that sludge has appeared and you will need to require professional help to clean it.
Change The Colour
Did you know that coloured radiators that are painted in matt black are the most efficient radiator colour choice you can have? If you are not fully satisfied with the energy efficiency of your radiators, then we recommend repainting them in a darker colour, such as brown, dark beige or black OR for a complete overhaul, purchase some new radiators with a matte black finish. We offer a range here.
If you are going to repaint then you need to make sure you have removed the old paint so that extra layer doesn’t reduce the radiator’s ability to heat the room.
Check Your Boiler Pressure
Heated water from the boiler is sent to the radiators and then the heat is transferred to the air. So, if there isn’t enough water in the system then the radiator will not heat up properly. We recommend checking the pressure gauge and top up the water between 1.2 and 1.5bar to get the correct water level in the system. If your radiator needs bleeding often then you could consider getting an auto bleed valve for it.
Bigger The Radiator, The Better
The longer and wider the radiator, the more heat a radiator will be able to emit. Larger radiators will provide more surface area for their heating efficiency which leads to an increase in warmth output.
Buying From Lincolnshire Radiators Direct
If you are wanting to completely replace your radiators then we have an extensive range of flat panel designer radiators to compliment your home’s overall aesthetics whilst also being a trusted heating source. All of our radiators are built to last and come with a manufacturer-leading 15 year guarantee.
As well as a range of radiators we also have a collection of radiator valves which can be used on most radiators complete with a compact design for maintained ease and different style options.