April 18, 2016

Taking Care of your Radiators

Maintenance of radiators is a vital task for those looking to keep their family comfortable

Image by Ann Sophie Landou via Flickr

Investing in an excellent system to heat your home is a must in the UK winter, and it is equally important to make sure that you buy good quality radiators. Quite often they are overlooked, and by choosing the correct style, as well as their placement, you can make your home feel much warmer and appealing.

Choosing the Best Location for your Radiator

When you are choosing your radiators, you will want to choose a design that is going to fit in with the decor of your home. It is just as important to make sure that you position them correctly. With so many designs available to choose from, it should be easy to find a style which suits your taste ad budget by visiting websites such as radiatorfactory.net. While you are in the process of installing your radiators, you may also wish to install a reflective panelling which will help to reflect some of the heat back out into the room, instead of to heat the wall.

Choose the Best Style

You may think that radiators are all relatively standard, but you may be surprised by all of the various styles that are available. When it comes to choosing the best ones for your home, the range of choice makes it easy to find something suitable;

  • Curving
  • Horizontal
  • Vertical
  • Mirrored
  • Flat Panel

For a variety of choice available, check out the Radiator Factory and browse their website or call them for further information on any of the available styles.

Do Not Obstruct your Radiators

It is important to make sure that you do not block your radiators with bits of furniture, or even heavy curtains. Blocking them will mean that they will be less efficient, leading to the room feeling not as warm and as cosy. Make sure that you move furniture and do not leave clothes and towels on your radiator, to make sure that it heats your room optimally.

Keep them Looking Nice

You will want to ensure that your radiators stay looking beautiful, so it is going to be important to make sure that you clean them regularly. You may wish to paint your radiators, and if so you will want to use paint that is specifically meant for them, and maybe even strip off the previous coat before applying. The thicker the paint on your radiator, the less efficient it becomes, so you will want to make sure that you do not build up too many layers of paint when performing this task.

Bleed Them Regularly

You may find that from time to time, your radiators are not getting up to temperature. The most likely cause for this is a build up of air, and can be easily fixed by bleeding each of them carefully. Turning the key slowly having the cloth ready, listen for the hissing sound to stop, which means water is coming. Quickly close the valve again and mop up any excess water. With a radiator key and a dry cloth, you can bleed all of the radiators in your home to make sure that everyone stays snug when it is cold.