Do I need the radiator to heat all of my room?

In most cases a radiator maybe the only heat source in a room.  Using a BTU calculator you can determine how hot you need the radiator to be to comfortably heat your space.  Ensure that this is measured in Delta T-50 as this reflects most modern boiler outputs.

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Therm
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How will it connect?

Most radiators will connect to the central heating. This will require two heating pipes to come out of the wall or floor to provide the radiators with a flow of hot water.  In summer when the central heating is switched off you can use an electrical element to heat the radiator independently.  Other choices can include electric only and open hot water systems. 

How much space have I got available?

Wall space is a significant factor in determining what choice of radiator you can make. Typically the larger the space the larger the radiator you can choose but this has to be balanced with how it looks and also how hot you need it to be. Smaller spaces can be accommodated by choosing a painted radiator which will offer more BTU output. Always measure height first then width.

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Space
Budget

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What is your budget?

In the radiator industry your budget can dictate your material choice as the price difference between mild steel, aluminium and stainless steel can be significant.  Consider the options your gain from each material choice, price, length of warranty, design options and colour.

What material and design should you choose?

Radiators are mainly produced from mild steel with a chrome plate or colour, aluminium, cast, and stainless steel.  Each material type has its benefits, for example, mild steel is a good conductor of heat but is susceptible to corrosion.  Aluminium made into large flat panels gives exceptional performance but cools quickly.   Stainless steel conducts heat well, can be available in lots of design choices and is significantly more corrosion resistant holding the heat in for longer.

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Materials
Where do I buy_

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Where do I buy?

SBH Radiators have a variety of supply partners in the industry. Whether you are sourcing a radiator yourself and prefer an online store or using the skills of a design showroom you will have an approved re-seller for our products to liaise with. Our supply partners will be fully trained on our radiators and will be be able to offer all the information you need, whether that is face to face or online. If you need any assistance at all please do not hesitate to be in touch.