Do vertical radiators give out enough heat?

One of the most common questions that homeowners and interior designers ask us is, do vertical radiators give out enough heat?


The simple answer is that providing you do your homework and work out exactly how much heat your room requires, then either vertical or horizontal radiators should be fine, provided you pick the right kind.

Although horizontal designer radiators, in general, offer slightly better heating performance than their vertical designer radiator counterparts, there are pros and cons to both and provided you know what they are, you should be able to find the right type of designer radiator to meet your needs.

If you have got your mind dead set on a vertical radiator, thankfully there are many high-output options available that not only look great but are also more than capable of keeping your room as warm and toasty as it needs to be.


How do vertical radiators give out heat?

With a high output vertical radiator, you can maximise your space, integrate a stylish design flourish into your décor, but also ensure it will heat your room properly. In order to ensure you pick the right one, you need to work out how much heat you need your vertical radiator to give out. The heat output of a radiator is measured in British Thermal Units (BTU). Simply put, the higher a radiator’s BTU, the hotter it will get.

Generally, vertical radiators don’t tend to give out as much heat as horizontal ones, because they have less width to draw up cold air for convection, so if you are opting for a vertical radiator, you’ll need one with a heat output of at least 7,000 BTUs. If you like it hot, we offer a range that exceed 9,000 BTUs, which will keep things nice and cosy on those cold winter nights – just make sure you keep an eye on the meter as these can be more expensive to run.

The size of your room will have a big impact on the BTU level you need to get optimum heating performance. Although 7,000 BTUs will be sufficient to heat most spaces, the shape and layout of your room can determine the best radiators to choose, and where to place them. In a small space, where the heat output will rise, a powerful 7,000 BTU vertical radiator may be a good option, as it will take up minimal space and provide a good heat output.

To heat a larger space, spreading the load across two 3,500 BTU radiators, placed strategically to distribute the heat more evenly, may be a better bet.


What are the best high-output vertical radiators?

Our high-output Aurora C Curved Vertical Designer Tube Radiator is made with a unique triangular tube design with an attractive ‘C’ curved frame to give a contemporary look which doesn’t compromise on heating performance.
The Aurora W, meanwhile, combines quality, style and function, can be used with existing hot water central heating systems and offers a high heat output to keep your room feeling warm.
And the Taurus Reverse Panel Designer Radiator range will complement the design and layout of any space, offering high heat outputs and efficient use of water which allows for fast heat up.


Let Agadon help you find the best high output vertical radiator for you


Whatever your requirements, with more than 4,000 designer radiators in stock at our dedicated showroom, Agadon Designer Radiators has the perfect radiator for you. So, why not pay us visit for more inspiration and designer radiator ideas?

Alternatively, browse our full range of stylish and innovative high output vertical radiators, which are available direct from the manufacturer at discount prices and fast, free UK delivery. Or, give us a call on 01530 564 122 or email us, we’ll be happy to help.  

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