On the surface, choosing a vertical radiator over a horizontal may appear to be a decision with few implications. But the choice can bring a handful of unique obstacles you’ll have to climb over in order to fit your stylish new appliance. Vertical radiators are a modern alternative to their horizontal counterparts, climbing your walls in a contemporary fashion. And fashion tends to be the reason why they are chosen; maximising both your floor space and your eye for style. There are however, some considerations which you must take into account if you are in the market for a vertical radiator. Here are a few handy tips to help you out.
They may not be packing heat
One important slice of information which you should know about from the off, is that these radiators typically don’t give out the same level of heat as horizontal ones. The primary reason for this is that unlike their horizontal equivalents, there are no fins behind vertical radiators – fins which usually help to spread out heat. As radiators also draw up air to warm a room, a vertical radiator’s column shape means it takes up less air and therefore may not give out the same level of heat.
But don’t despair! This doesn’t mean that these radiators are useless and are only an aesthetic appliance. All that’s required is a specialist to come over and measure the heat loss in your selected room and then recommend the correct size of vertical radiator to ensure you’re warm and toasty all year round!
Beware of the extra pipework
Due to the difference in shape, if you’re replacing a horizontal radiator with a vertical one, you will most likely need to alter your pipework. Your brand spanking new vertical radiator will not fit the same space as your last and to make sure it works efficiently, and looks aesthetically pleasing, you may have to increase the size of the pipes.
A point to really consider is that tiled, solid wood or sheeted flooring may be a lot more time-consuming and expensive when it comes to improving the pipes in the given room. But this task is anything but impossible; all it takes is for you to really do your homework to make sure you are getting a great price for the job.
Are your walls strong enough?
Vertical radiators tend to be chosen because of their fantastic adaptability; if you have a small empty space on the wall in the kitchen, why not install a vertical radiator? Installing this stylish addition can optimise your living space and provide you with a warm and toasty home. With this in mind however, you must consider the fact that these radiators must be mounted to the wall. And they can be very heavy. Therefore, you must consider what type of wall you are thinking about using to fix your radiator, as good wall mountings are crucial. As you may not be seasoned in installing vertical radiators, seeking professional guidance would be a great place to start.
For advice on vertical radiator installations, contact our friendly team at M Wilson Plumbing using the form on the right or call 07983 138 153.