You Can Give Your Home A Stylish Make Over On A Budget With A Designer Radiator
10 September 2013
The DIY makeover programmes on television are constantly advising on how to improve your home. Whether it’s a ‘One Hour Makeover’ or a ‘DIY SOS’ it’s obvious to see the difference our homes make to the way we feel. With modern contemporary living, the way your home is styled projects an image which reflects who you are.
What makes the greatest difference £ for £ you spend, grand Designs or little touches?
As reputedly the greatest single investment you will make, even if you aren’t a property developer you can’t help but take an interest. Many of the programmes go beyond the remit of making the enjoyment of the home the goal and focus on how to increase the value of your property.
Giving your home the wow factor!
Most households in the UK have mains gas central heating. This is a so-called ‘wet system’, which means a gas-fired boiler heats water to provide central heating through radiators and hot water through the taps in your home.
Creating more than a good first impression but giving your home the wow factor. The programmes often focus on the areas of your home which have the greatest influence on a potential buyer when viewing the home. With most modern day homes the wow factor is a little more difficult to achieve portrayed in the dramatic grand designs showcased. But there is one simple way you can provide your home with a stunning makeover at a remarkably small investment.
Designer radiators create a stunning focal point from your boring radiator
With a wet water central heating system common place in most homes, replacing the boring standard issue radiators can transform a room. It can also provide the opportunity to provide an altogether more effective heat source. This is because the traditional white radiators are designed to fade into the background and typically get hidden behind curtains when positioned under windows or furniture when in a reception room. Inherently designed to take up the minimum amount of space, a designer radiator can provide even the most boring space an unexpected drama.
The worst offenders are radiator cabinets designed to disguise your radiator
In some cases people even cover radiators over with expensive and elaborate wooden cabinets to make the featureless traditional radiator look more aesthetically pleasing. Typically these radiators are in a hallway and are difficult to disguise, which is why the cabinet is often viewed as the solution. Covering a radiator in any type of wooden cabinet will dramatically reduce the heat output. This is crazy as it not only reduces the heat output in an area where it’s needed most but the cost of the cabinet is often more than a designer radiator, which makes no sense at all.
How designer radiators can be a much more stylish and effective way to heat up any room
Fitting a new designer radiator could give your room a new look and a much higher BTU* output, heating up your room more effectively for less cost. With a range of stylish designs to choose from, together with different finishes, you won’t want to hide your designer radiator away. It’s well known the colour of a radiator can dramatically impact on the heat output, with white radiators having a lower output than darker colours. Also if your radiators are older, they can also become less effective at transferring the heat as sludge deposits from the central heating system gets deposited in the channels.
*British Thermal Unit – the measure of heat output from a radiator.The cost of switching traditional radiators to designer radiators is minimal
You can select an exact replacement, which means you require no pipe work changes to your central heating system but it will need to be drained down. Here are some tips to improve your wet central heating output.
- Choose a radiator with the right heat output (use a BTU calculator to check your room size)
- Fit thermostatic control valves to regulate the temperature
- Flush your central heating system through and remove any silt or sludge build up