Do you need thermostatic valves on your designer radiators?
2 March 2020
It’s not just the radiator itself that you need to consider when it comes to creating your perfect look. The designer radiator valves you choose can provide that final flourish to the overall design.
The different types of radiator valves
The great thing about designer radiators is that these days, there is so much choice. Whatever size of room you are looking to heat and whatever style you are looking to achieve, there is a designer radiator in the right size, shape, colour and finish for you.
With Agadon, in fact, there are more than 10,000 different designer radiators to choose from, with new designs arriving all the time. Of course, it’s not just the radiator itself that you need to consider when it comes to creating your perfect look. The designer radiator valves you choose can provide that final flourish to the overall design.
But what are the different types of radiator valves and which one is right for you?
What are the different types of radiator valves?
There are two main types of radiator valve available, both of which serve a distinct purpose. A manual radiator valve is a simple to use valve, which sets your radiator to either ‘On’ or ‘Off’. When switched on, this type of valve will keep your radiator at a constant temperature, regardless of the temperature of the room. These valves tend to be less energy efficient due to the constant temperature and flow of water but can be ideally suited for use in rooms which are fitted with a room thermostat, as they maintain a constant temperature.
Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs), on the other hand, have an in-built sensor which allows the user to adjust the temperature output of a radiator by controlling the flow of hot water through it. It makes them more energy efficient than manual radiator valves.
There is also something called a lockshield valve, which is used to control the flow of water coming out of the radiator, to help distribute the water in your central heating system evenly.
Angled or straight?
Each type of radiator valve comes in different variations, which determine how they are fitted on a radiator.
Angled radiator valves are the most common variation. They have a 90° bend in the valve body which connects the radiator to the rest of the central heating circuit. They are best used where the pipework comes through the floor or wall and the radiator inlets at the sides.
Straight radiator valves are less common. They work simply by connecting the radiator to the rest of the system without a bend in the valve body. These are best used where the pipework and radiator inlets align, such as through the floor, and the radiator has inlets at the bottom.
Some valves are also designed to be bi-directional, meaning the sensing head can be fitted either vertically or horizontally on the flow or return pipes of the radiator, depending on the direction of the flow.
What are the different radiator valves types that are available?
At Agadon, as well as more than 10,000 radiators in stock at our designer radiator showroom in Ashby de la Zouch, we also have a wide range of designer radiator valves to suit any need. These include chrome thermostatic radiator valves, nickel thermostatic radiator valves, white thermostatic radiator valves, anthracite thermostatic radiator valves and central radiator valves.
You can also browse the designer radiators section of our website and work out what heat output you may require using our online BTU calculator. You’ll also find designer radiator inspiration, tips and ideas on our blog, which includes advice articles, pictures and product reviews, as well as updates, company news and events.
If you’re looking for expert advice on which designer radiator valve to choose, why not pay us a visit, give us a call on 0845 6181913 or email us, we’ll be happy to help.