Tips and Advice on Positioning a Radiator
You know that Milano make radiators of outstanding quality, but did you know that where you position your radiator can affect just how efficient and effective it is at heating a room?
In today’s blog, we look at why it’s good to break with tradition and get creative with where you position your radiator, and bring you great tips to ensure your radiator kicks out the heat output needed to make any room cosy and snug.
It seems obvious, but positioning a radiator behind the sofa or other furniture means the heat it produces will be stopped in its tracks. Make sure there is plenty of space in the area immediately surrounding the radiator to let the warm air flow through the room. Similarly, if your radiator is positioned beneath the window, make sure you do not have full length curtains. Long drapes will only trap the heat emitted from the radiator and stop it from entering the room.
Choose a convector or vertical design when space is limited
Where space is short, it’s a good idea to choose a convector radiator. This is because the hot air will be released from the top of the radiator, giving it plenty of room to circulate. Vertical designs are often streamlined, with slim widths which allow them to be installed in a variety of places. In rooms with limited wall space, a vertical radiator is a great option. Not only are these radiators practical, they also look great too, adding a stylish feature to your living space. Vertical radiators are particularly suitable for the kitchen, where much wall space will be occupied by units and worktops.
Moving and replacing pipework is undoubtedly a much bigger job than simply replacing a radiator, but if you’re doing a complete refit of a room or if you’ve just moved into a property and are gutting it, then changing the position of your pipes can make sense. This often frees up wall space and floor space, and allows you to plan a better room layout.
Insulate your radiators
No matter where you install your radiator, it’s a good idea to insulate it. This will maximise its heat output and is easy to do. Simply place a cut-to-size sheet of foil-faced expanded polystyrene lining (which can be bought from DIY stores) behind the radiator. This will stops heat escaping, either through an exterior wall, windows or elsewhere, and reflects it back into the room.
If you’re looking for a radiator for the bathroom, then a heated towel rail is a fantastic option, as it will keep the space cosy, keep towels warm and dry and add a stylish touch to the suite. If your bathroom is very small, underfloor heating is the most spacious effective way to heat it.
Author: Lucy Wright