Radiators | Supplied and Fitted

When it comes to radiators these days you are spoiled for choice. With numerous brands and styles, as well as features and fuel types.

One of the first steps you will probably take when searching for radiators is to examine prices. The main factors that will influence your radiator costs are size, number of units, existing infrastructure, and style.

Flat Panel

Flat panel radiators work in the same way as panel radiators except their tops are flat (hence the name!). This type of radiator is more design oriented, with standard horizontal models and unique shapes.

With its sleek, modern look, flat panel radiators are perfect as a visually appealing piece as part of your interior design plans.

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Convector radiators evolved from panel radiators—metal convector fins are welded behind the outer panels. These fins increase surface area, which translates to higher heat transfer.

This type is capable of giving off more heat than regular panel radiators. However, depending on the configuration, they can take up more space than flatter models, as they protrude out of the walls further.

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Compact radiators is similar to the convector type. However, there are grilles and panels to cover the openings. This kind are generally thinner than regular convector models.

Their small size makes compact radiators a great choice for homes with limited space. A prominent downside is that it is more difficult to clean as dust collects within the panels.

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Column radiators have a stylish, upright design, providing a classic look. This old school style is not just for traditional Victorian or Edwardian homes, but is also fantastic in contemporary properties. In newer homes, column radiators add a bit of a retro feel to the room.

With numerous colouring and finishing options, column radiators can match any room. Non traditional finishes work great for adding contrast or a splash of colour.

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Towel Rail

Towel rails are perfect in washrooms and kitchens alike, providing heating and a spot to dry towels at the same time. Consisting of multiple ladder-like rungs, they allow you to dry several towels at once.

Coming in several finishes, shapes, and sizes, towel rails can fulfill any design need. For example, chrome towel rails are a modern, elegant option.

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With designer radiators, form does not always follow function. These radiators have an interesting, unique look that will draw the eye. Instead of being relegated to the unseen parts of the room, designer radiators can be placed out in the open for all to see.

This type of radiator means you will not have to sacrifice aesthetics for a warm home. Acting as a focal point or simply matching the style of the room, you can include these radiators in your interior design plans.


What to do if your notice a room is cold

If you notice that a particular room is colder than the others, it might be a problem with the radiator so bleeding is necessary. To check if it is time to bleed your radiators, follow these steps.

  • Turn your heating on.

Allow enough time for the radiators to heat up completely, building up enough pressure inside the pipes.

  • Inspect each radiator.

See if each radiator is heating up properly and check for cool spots along the edges—usually, cold spots appear near the top of the radiator. Be careful as the boilers will be very hot.

  • Turn off your heating.

Let your radiators cool back down so that you don’t burn yourself.

  • Bleed the radiators.

Use a radiator key or a flat-blade screwdriver and attach it to the end valve at the top of the radiator. Keep a cloth or tray underneath to catch any water dripping and slowly and carefully turn the key or screwdriver.

Keep the valve open until the hissing sound stops and liquid starts dripping out. Close the valve quickly.

  • Check the pressure.

Look at the pressure gauge located on your boiler. Make sure it is at an adequate level between 1.5 and 2 bar, or the green part of the gauge. If not, you will need to top up the boiler.

  • Heat up again.

Check to see if this has resolved the problem. Switch on the heating and feel for cool spots.


Why Carbon Catch?

Carbon Catch are fully Gas Safe accredited and Phoenix and Firmus Natural Gas approved installers. We specialise in conversion from oil to gas, boiler repairs and boiler servicing. In short, we are your heating and boiler experts in the Greater Belfast area, Counties Antrim, Down and beyond. 

Carbon Catch utilise the latest technology, with modern condensing boilers and radiators which can improve heating efficiency to over 90%. For more information contact us now and arrange a FREE heating and energy consultation and discussion on the best heating solution for your home. Every home is different and you may need a tailored solution for your home.      


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