Your Guide to Vertical Radiators

Friday 18 November 2022

Black vertical radiator

Vertical radiators are a newer convention that can completely modernise and bring a certain contemporary feel to your home. Designer vertical radiators are available in many varieties which means people can find the one that suits their personal style and that of their homes.

However, those making the switch from more traditional types of radiators to column radiators often have many questions. In this Q&A, we will dive into all the top questions that people ask when they’re thinking of choosing a vertical radiator. 

Are vertical radiators a good idea?

Vertical radiators are a great idea for those people who like to rearrange their living spaces. They are also much more versatile, as they look good in older homes, as well as new builds. There are many benefits of a vertical radiator.

Vertical radiators can be more effective at heating your rooms compared to panel radiators, as they are more likely to be column radiators as they have a larger surface area, this means that they are more efficient at heating the air around the room, this will therefore have a positive effect on energy bills, also making them more environmentally friendly. 

These include their space-saving properties and their ability to double up as a heating rack. A towel rail can be used with a vertical radiator and therefore they make a great choice for the bathrooms in your home. You will have to make the choice aesthetically between drying items and their ability to fit your personal style.

Do vertical radiators give out more heat?

Vertical radiators emit a greater amount of heat and warm up more efficiently when compared to traditional radiators. Older models tend to have rows of convector fins that run down the back of the main body of the radiator. 

Do vertical radiators add value?

As they can save space in rooms, vertical design radiators can add value to homes. They also give your home a more luxurious and modern finish elevating the interior design of your property.

Designer radiators can make a huge statement in your home and become a prominent feature in the rooms of your home, in addition to the fact they are a new component to your home. In turn, this can add value if you decide to sell your property. Due to them saving space, it also helps buyers the ability to picturise the house as their own and how they’d decorate each room. 

Do I need a double or single vertical radiator?

If you live in a home with larger rooms or with high ceilings then a double vertical radiator will be your best bet. But there’s always a choice to be made when deciding between a single or double radiator.

A single radiator is a superb choice for the style and opulence a vertical model offers. If you’re after a warmer room, remember that vertical models emit more heat, without using a great amount of energy.

Do vertical radiators take longer to heat up?

There’s a false claim that vertical radiators take longer to heat up. However the truth is that vertical radiators have an equal BTU heat output to horizontal radiators. Most people have been lead to believe that all the heat escapes from the top of them. 

Can I replace a horizontal radiator with a vertical one?

The likelihood that you’ll be able to do a straight swap from a horizontal radiator to a vertical one is unlikely due to the layout of the existing pipes and the differing dimensions between a vertical and horizontal radiator. However, changing any radiator should really be done by a professional plumber and it will be a fairly easy and straightforward job for them to complete. 

Replacing an older radiator with a column radiator can be extremely beneficial and efficiently warm up your home, saving you money in the long run. 

Do vertical radiators have a flow direction?

Vertical radiators do have a flow direction. The direction that they follow is straight through the bottom and out of the other side. The water inside the radiator will take the path of least resistance. The baffle inside the radiator acts as a barrier and this makes the water flow upwards. 

Can you hear water in a vertical radiator?

If you can hear water inside the radiator, this may be an indicator that there are air pockets inside due to them filling quickly. To remove the air inside the radiator, bleeding them via the radiator valves can resolve the issue. Read our guide on ‘how to bleed a radiator’ here. 

How far off the floor should a vertical radiator be?

When it comes to installing your vertical radiator, the general rule is that it should be mounted 150mm above the skirting in the room. Your floorboards can have an influence over this, however, as it can determine where it is fitted. 

When choosing where to position the radiator, you should choose the coldest part of the room. If you don’t have a particularly cold area of your home, choose a location that saves space and looks aesthetically pleasing.

Explore our full range of designer vertical radiators and find the perfect design and fit for your home. If you have any more questions, then please feel free to contact us and we will ensure we give you all the answers before choosing your next radiator. 

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