Thu 11th Feb 2016 - 5:49pm Radiators VIDEO! How to install a radiator in a conservatory

    VIDEO! How to install a radiator in a conservatory


    Benjamin Clarke

     In today’s video, Jimmy the Plumber shows you how to install a radiator in a conservatory. Heating up a conservatory in the colder months can be difficult and a lot of work and Jimmy deftly shows us how to sidestep these problems, which is great for turning the space into a year-round option.

    There are some difficulties with installing the radiator in such a space, with the most common being working out what heat output you need from your radiator for the space it's occupying. As Jimmy explains, because this type of radiator is unlikely to be on every day, a thermostatic radiator valve will help give the room a heat boost when needed.

    There is a slight distance problem with the location of the wall and Jimmy has to work around it with the height and location of the radiator. With a little help from the customer, you can see the old radiator on the other side of the wall being removed.

    In other Trade Radiators Videos, you can see how to do everything from draining to piping a radiator, so this video has a focus on making sure you get to learn how we get around the problem of the radiator’s location in respect to how the existing pipework of the house is laid out.

    You’ll see how Jimmy solves his problem of where to hang the conservatory radiator by changing the position of the existing radiator on the other wide of the wall while installing another single panel radiator. The new radiator’s position will make it easy to pipe through the wall in to the conservatory without any pipes awkwardly sticking out.

    The radiators installed in this video were panel convector radiators. You can see these radiators, and more like them, on our site at

    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    • VIDEO - Learn how to pipe a radiator 30th Jun 2015 

    • VIDEO - How to replace a small radiator with a large one 7th Nov 2013 

    • VIDEO - How to install a column radiator 7th Aug 2015 


    Fri 5th Feb 2016 - 4:09pm Competitions Win a £250 John Lewis Gift Card!

    Win a £250 John Lewis Gift Card!


    Benjamin Clarke

    To celebrate the fact that we've recently updated the heated towel rail section on our website, we are giving all our customers who have previously ordered a heated towel rail from us, the opportunity to win a £250 John Lewis Gift Card. 

    Hopefully your towel rails are all installed and up and running, and we want to see them! All you need to do to enter our compettion is to take a photo of your lovely heated towel rail and upload it to our competition page, along with your email address and a brief description of your towel rail (e.g. what type of towel rail it is, what room it's in, what you like about it etc...).

    We will be promoting our competition across all of our social media channels and will be encouraging people to get on there to vote for their favourite entries. By the end of the competition on 31st March 2016, the photo with the most votes will be the lucky winner.

    As it's a vote-based competition, feel free to involve friends and family and get them to vote for your entry - the more votes you receive, the more chance you have of winning the gift voucher! 

    We're looking forward to this competition and seeing what type of heated towel rails you've got and where you've installed them! We hope you're excited too!

    You can enter the competition and see all the other entries at our Facebook Page here >>



    • The promoter is Trade Radiators, 82 Mitchell Street, Glasgow, G1 3NA, United Kingdom (the "Promoter").
    • In the event of any dispute regarding the rules, conduct or the results of the competition the Promoter's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entries that do not comply in full with these rules will be disqualified. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant for any reason whatsoever in its sole discretion

    • The Promoter reserves the right to alter, amend, suspend or terminate this competition without prior notice in the event that circumstances make this unavoidable.
    • The Promoter and its agents accept no responsibility for any technical difficulties experienced in submitting an entry to this competition or for entries not received by the Promoter or its agents due to technical difficulties.
    • All entrants' personal data will only be held for the purpose of the competition and will not be used for any other purposes whatsoever without their prior permission.
    • Entry into this competition shall be deemed to be a full and unconditional acceptance of these terms and conditions.
    • The Promoter will not accept any responsibility whatsoever for any loss, expense or liability arising from the winner's use of the prize.
    • These terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United Kingdom and Great Britain.
    • All enquires relating to this competition should be made to Trade Radiators via
    • We reserve the right to change the terms and conditions at any point in time
    • By entering the competition, all entrants agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

    • To enter, please upload your picture of your heated towel rail on our competition page. Please also include a description of your towel rail and your email address.
    • The competition starts at 9am on Friday 12th February 2016.
    • The closing date for competition submissions is 5pm on Thursday 31st March 2016.
    • No purchase or payment is necessary to enter the competition. You can enter for free via our competition page..
    • No responsibility is accepted for entries which are for any reason whatsoever not received or delivered.

    • The prize for this competition is a £250John Lewis & Waitrose Gift Card.
    • The competition award cannot be modified and is non-transferable
    • The competition decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • Should you win the award, you will be required to participate in any post-competition publicity that we may require.

    • A judging panel of representatives from the promoter will select the entrant to receive the award based on their photo entry containing their  heated towel rail. and the amount of votes received on the competition page.
    • All entrants must enter a valid email address in order to claim their prize.
    • The winner will be notified by email no later than the 17:00pm Monday 1st September 2014. You will not be notified if you are not the winner.
    • The winner's name will be shared via Trade Radiators Facebook, Twitter, blog and website, and also through any other relevant media channels
    • By entering the competition, you also agree that we can share your submission through our Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Blog, Website and any other relevant media channels

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    Wed 27th Jan 2016 - 10:46am DIY Troubleshooting How to fill your Trade Direct Electric Heated Towel Rail

    How to fill your Trade Direct Electric Heated Towel Rail


    Benjamin Clarke

    If you have purchased one of our Trade Direct electric heated towel rails, you will have also received an accompanying fluid pack. This solution needs to be poured into your electric towel rail before you switch it on, as it is this solution that gets hot and causes your rail to give off heat.

    We recommend that you allow a qualified professional to deal with this task, however, if you are planning you add the solution yourself, this guide will take you through how to do it correctly and safely.


    • With your Trade Direct electric heated towel rail, we provide a 250ml bottle of fluid, a funnel and a blanking plug. The rails also come with everything you need to hang them. Please check these items are all with your order.
    • Also make sure the area you are working in is completely dry. Water coming into contact with electricity is very dangerous. The BS spur outlet must be positioned so that it is not possible to touch when using a tap, shower or bath. If you are not sure what this means, do not continue and please call in a professional.


    • The electric element is provided separately with all of our Trade Direct electric towel rails and this must be fitted to the bottom of the rail before it is mounted on the wall or on the side, in the case of the Trade Direct traditional heated towel rails.
    • Take the blanking plug and screw it into the opposite side to where the element will be fitted.
    • Shake up the bottle of fluid and pour it into the top of the rail using the provided funnel. Once all the fluid has been poured in, pour in water until about an inch from the top of the towel rail. This will allow the solution to expand when it gets hot.
    • Insert the element and tighten with a 22mm spanner.
    • Position and install the towel rail into the correct position.
    • Connect the element to the mains power using a BS IE Spur socket.
    • Switch the socket on and when the heated towel rail reaches its operating temperature, bleed any excess air using the air vent.

    You may find the following videos helpful to assist you with your heated towel rail:

    How to install a heated towel rail

    How to bleed a heated towel rail

    How to add inhibitor to a heated towel rail

    Should you wish to purchase a fluid conversion kit, you can do so at:

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    Tue 19th Jan 2016 - 4:25pm Press Why are aluminium radiators so popular?

    Why are aluminium radiators so popular?


    Benjamin Clarke

    As one of the most abundant metals on Earth, aluminium has become an incredibly important and popular metal in a wide range of industries, from aeronautical engineering to soft drinks packaging.

    Aluminium is an incredible conductor of heat which has made it important to the manufacturing of radiators. It can heat up very quickly, which is particularly useful in areas of the home that aren’t used very often. These areas can be warmed up quickly without a long wait for the area to be sufficiently brought up to temperature.

    Research has suggested that having an aluminium radiator can lead to energy efficiency saving of up to 15% when compared to radiators made of other materials. Additionally, aluminium rads need less water than other types of radiator, meaning you get high heat outputs with much less water and energy used. Heat loss is also minimal when compared to steel rads, making aluminium an excellent material to be considered when choosing new radiators for your home.

    Environmentally, aluminium also impresses. It can be recycled and completely reused without breaking down and losing its strength or thermal qualities. This means that when your aluminium radiator finally reaches the end of it’s life, it won’t simply go into landfill but can be recycling and put back into general circulation. The vast majority of aluminium radiators are manufactured from recycling aluminium, so this material is both an ethical and environmental choice.

    Aluminium is a very light metal - actually 3 times lighter than steel. This means it is cheaper to manufacture, cheaper to ship and much easier for one person to install, all factors that have a huge impact on reducing costs.

    In terms of design, aluminium is a very pliable metal, making it easy to manipulate and bend into shape with loses any of its structure or strength. Because we are increasingly treating radiators as integral to our interior design plans, instead of an afterthought, manufacturers have been producing a beautiful variety of aluminium radiators in a wide range of shapes and sizes. This means that the chances of you finding an aluminium radiator you like are very high.

    At, we offer a fantastic selection of aluminium radiators and heated towel rails made from high quality, recycled aluminium, all with comprehensive guarantees and free delivery to any mainland UK address.

    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    • The Apollo Monza Aluminium Column Radiator Series 12th Aug 2013 

    • How do the Elan designer aluminium radiators have such a high heat output? 21st Aug 2014 

    • Can aluminium radiators save you money on heating bills? 26th Jun 2013 


    Thu 14th Jan 2016 - 12:28pm Energy and Heating When was the last time your boiler was serviced?

    When was the last time your boiler was serviced?


    Benjamin Clarke

    Forget about whether the temperature is slightly higher than normal for the time of year, the winter months in the UK are still the time when we rely on our central heating systems the most. It’s also the time when it’s most likely that the boiler will break down due to the additional stress placed on the system.

    We don’t often need to put on our central heating during the warmer months, so it’s common for us to be unaware of any festering problems until we hit a cold snap. Many people find themselves in the same situation, so the first real cold period of a winter is a busy time for plumbers trying to deal with a large number of broken-down boilers.

    It can be very disheartening to return home after a hard day’s work only to discover that the boiler wont fire up, the radiators won’t get hot and you’re stuck in a freezing cold house with a plumber not able to come and look at it for another 48 hours.

    The odds of the emergency situation occurring can be drastically reduced by having your boiler serviced once a year. Calling out a plumber for boiler maintenance is not especially expensive and taking this kind of preventative measure can save you a lot of time, money and discomfort when compared to a complete boiler breakdown on a freezing cold night in the middle of winter.

    Everyone knows that having a regular full service on your car helps identify small issues and works to prevent a more expensive and inconvenient problem, and boilers should be thought of in exactly the same way.

    The components of a boiler and a heating system are subject to wear and tear just like the parts of a car and should be treated as such. Things like limescale, small insect and dirt build-up are common issues found with regular boiler usage, but are not a particularly serious problem if dealt with once per year. However, just like putting off visiting the dentist when you have toothache, these things will only get worse if left.

    A good time to have a boiler service is actually during the summer. Plumbers are less likely to be dealing with emergency situations and will be able to carry out the task more quickly with spare parts being more readily available. The summer months are also a time when you are not using your boiler so much and it will reduce the chances of a breakdown when you need it again during winter.

    If you haven’t had your boiler looked at in the last twelve months, then give your plumber a call and schedule in a visit before it’s too late!

    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    • A new boiler - to get or not to get? 26th Mar 2015 

    • How to maximise your heating systems energy efficiency 23rd Dec 2014 

    • What size boiler do I need? 26th Jun 2013