Vertical Radiators

Busting the Myth: Vertical Radiators Don’t Pump Out Heat

Does a Radiators Shape Effect the Heat Output?

The radiator shape doesn’t really have an effect on the amount of heat emitted from the radiator. The only reason a radiator’s shape might affect the heat emission from them, is due to their being less surface area on the radiator for them to release heat, but this is more about the size rather than shape.

Other factors that play a role in your bathroom radiators heat emission have a much bigger impact, from the materials used and positioning of the radiator. The BTU rating is a much more accurate measurement of how much heat a radiator gives out.


How to Determine Your BTU Requirements for Your Radiator

To determine the BTU (British Thermal Unit) requirements for your radiator, you will need to consider several factors, including the size of the room, the type and number of windows, and the insulation of the room.

Here are the steps to determine your BTU requirements:

  • Measure the dimensions of your room in meters. Multiply the length by the width and then by the height to calculate the volume of the room in cubic meters.
  • Check the insulation of the room. If the room is well insulated, reduce the volume by 10%. If it's poorly insulated, increase the volume by 15%.
  • Determine the type and number of windows. For each standard window, add 1000 BTUs. For each double-glazed window, add 600 BTUs.
  • Consider the type of room. For living spaces, such as bedrooms and living rooms, calculate the BTUs required based on a factor of 50 watts per cubic meter. For kitchens, use a factor of 70 watts per cubic meter, and for bathrooms, use a factor of 85 watts per cubic meter.

Once you have the correct figures, then you can use our BTU calculator, to ensure that you get the right radiator, which fits all of your requirements. If you feel you need further assistance, please do not hesitate to call on 03309951988 to speak to our team of professionals.  


Choosing the Right Radiator Based on Your BTU Requirements

After you have calculated the required BTU output for your radiator, the next step is to choose the appropriate radiator to match your needs. To select the right radiator, you should consider several factors, including the BTU output, radiator size, type, heat source, and additional features.

First, you should search for radiators with a BTU output that matches or exceeds the calculated requirement for your specific room. Next, consider the size of the radiator to ensure it fits the available space and enhances the room's overall aesthetics.

There are different types of radiators, such as panel radiators, column radiators, and towel radiators. Choose a radiator type that fits your requirements and complements your home's design.

You should also consider the heat source that powers the radiator, such as gas, electric, or renewable energy sources like solar panels and heat pumps. The heat source you choose should align with your heating needs.

Additional features, like thermostatic controls, smart controls, and timers, can also be crucial in controlling the temperature and energy usage of your heating system. So, you should look for additional features that fit your needs.

If you're not sure which radiator to select, it's best to consult a heating engineer who can advise you on the best radiator to suit your specific needs.

By following these steps, you can choose a radiator that matches your BTU requirements and enhances the design and functionality of your home's heating system.


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