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    How do the Elan designer aluminium radiators have such a high output?

    Tue 21st Oct 2014 - 7:06am Radiators How do the Elan designer aluminium radiators have such a high output?


    Benjamin Clarke

    When it comes to kicking out serious heat, the range of radiators with the highest heat outputs in our catalogue are the Elan Aluminum designer radiators.

    Coming in a range of sizes, both horizontal and vertical, as well as being available in white, black, anthracite or silver, these beauties are more than capable than heating up large rooms efficiently and economically.

    The Elans are made of aluminium, which means they react very quickly to a change in temperature of the water running through it. Couple this with the clever design and you’ve got yourself a radiator that can throw out a fantastic amount of heat.

    The innovative tubular design of the Elan range works efficiently by drawing in cold air through the bottom of the tube. As the air passes up the tubes, it gets heated up very quickly and the hot air is distributed out of the top.

    So not only does the radiator warm the room through radiant heat (warming the air in front of the radiator), the design also allows for convection heat transfer by maximising the surface area of the radiator. The great thing is these radiators can get up to maximum temperature quickly, but, equally important, is the fact that they also cool down very quickly too; vital for efficiency and saving money on your heating bills.

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    Please see the image below for the technical details behind the design of the Elan radiators.

    Elan Radiator technical details

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    5 ways to save money on your heating bills

    Thu 16th Oct 2014 - 4:52am Radiators 5 ways to save money on your heating bills


    Benjamin Clarke

    1. Fit double glazing on your windows

    Single-glazed windows are often to blame when we wince at our latest high heating bills. It is much easier for heat to escape through a single pane glass than through brick walls, so looking at installing double-glazing around your house, would dramatically reduce heat loss.

    Double glazing consists of two layers of glass with a small cushion of air in between. It is this air cushion that helps keep the heat from escaping, due to the fact that air is a poor conductor of heat.

    Initially expensive perhaps, but you will soon benefit from lower heating bills as well as a better quality of life.

    2. Upgrade your doors or check your door seals

    As well as sorting out heat loss through the windows, getting double glazing also usually means an upgrade to your doors. Single pane doors are responsible for a lot of heat loss, so upgrading to thermally efficient doors will also help greatly in bringing down the cost of your heating bills.

    If upgrading your doors is not financially possible, then there are still things you can do to reduce heat loss. Fix any gaps in the seals of your doors with a sealant or a foam or use a draught excluder to block any gaps across the bottom. Get a letter box brush and flap to reduce hot air escaping. It’s even worth getting a keyhole flap that covers the gap where the key goes into the lock. These are cheaper options than energy efficient doors but will still make a huge difference.

    3. Install loft insulation

    Because hot air rises, your roof is one of the main areas that heat can escape from your house. Heat loss through the roof can be massively reduced if you install insulation in your loft.

    Loft insulation comes in a range of materials, including mineral wool and sheeps wool. It usually comes in thick quilted rolls and behaves like a thick blanket for your loft, drastically reducing the amount of heat that escapes. An added benefit is it helps to keep bedrooms cool in the summer, by keeping hot air out.

    Loft insulation will help reduce your gas bills in winter but will also reduce your electricity bills in summer if your have air-conditioning, as you will not need to use it quite so much.

    4. Turn down your central heating by 1°C 

    This is actually a very simple and common sensical tip, however it’s surprising how many of us don’t think to do it. If you turn down your thermostat down even by 1°C you’ll see the difference in your bills, without noticing the slight reduction in the temperature in your house. It’s been estimated that reducing the heat by 1°C can reduce heating bills by as much as 10%, so it’s definitely worth considering.

    Additionally, make the most of the timer on your central heating system to ensure the heating is only on when you need it. Time it to go off at some point in the night and to go on again shortly before you usually get up. Make sure it’s not on during the day if there’s nobody at home and time it to come back on just before you return from work. Clever use of the timer will make a difference to your bills.

    5. Close curtains at night & don't block radiators

    Another simple tip, but again, it’s something that is often overlooked. Curtains, and especially thick curtains, provide an extra barrier to heat escaping through doors and windows. Close them at night in all rooms, not just the ones you mainly use, and then open them again in the morning to get the most from the natural warmth of the sun.

    If space allows, consider installing radiators underneath windows and making sure that the room is arranged so that furniture is not blocking the radiator. A sofa right in front of a radiator will absorb a large amount of heat that would otherwise go into the room. If you do have to have large pieces of furniture in front of radiators, make sure you pull the furniture forward, away from the radiator to allow as much hot air to circulate as possible.

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    There's no need to compromise on radiator style or functionality

    Tue 14th Oct 2014 - 7:06am Radiators There's no need to compromise on radiator style or functionality


    Benjamin Clarke

    Once upon a time, radiators were ugly and clunky beasts that served one purpose and one purpose only; to heat the room. Purely utilitarian in nature, with no regard to style or aesthetics, radiators were long considered the least rock n roll fixture in the home.

    Fortunately this is not the case any more, as progression in manufacturing and technological techniques have meant that radiators and towel rails now come in a wide range of shapes and styles.

    Rather than something that used to be a necessary evil, radiators are now considered an essential part of any interior design plan and often provide a centre-piece of a room. You no longer have to worry about compromising on style in exchange for heat output (or vice versa) as in days gone by.

    That said, it is very important to make sure you get the right sized radiator for your room. Too big and you’ll probably end up getting unnecessarily high heating bills, too small and the rad won’t be big enough to heat the room properly. The heat output of a radiator is measured in BTUs or Watts and we advise you to use a simple heating calculator to ensure you know what heat output you need for each individual room. All of our radiators and heated towel rails on our website show the heat outputs in BTUs and Watts, so you will be able to easily find exactly what you want.

    Placement of a radiator is also an important consideration. Although not always practical, the best place to put a radiator is in the coldest part of a wall i.e. under a window. We know this is not always possible and there are other things you can do to improve efficiency, such as rearranging furniture so that radiators are not blocked, or installing vertical radiators in small rooms to make use of vertical space.

    Once you have heat outputs, dimensions and placement sorted, you are free to choose any style you choose - and there are a lot out there!

    Cast Iron Radiators

    Traditional cast iron radiators still maintain the old-school feel of radiators gone by, but are much more efficient and cost effective. These are a great option if you have a period property and are looking to maintain it’s character.

    Column Radiators

    Classic Column Radiators are a very popular radiator as they look great in period properties or a contemporary setting. These beauties can kick out some serious heat, if required, and we also offer them in any colour you wish!

    Convector Radiators

    Compact and flat panel convector radiators are always in demand because of their simplicity and cost-effective functionality. These are perhaps the type of radiator that many would consider a typical radiator, although the design and technology of these have come a long way in recent years.

    Designer Radiators

    For those looking to make a design statement, the section you should be looking at is the Designer Radiator section. As we said before, we believe that a radiator should be an integral part of your interior design plans and the designer radiators we offer will reward you aesthetically, functionally and in terms of efficiency!

    Heated Towel Rails

    Heated towel rails can look great in any room in the house, but are most popular in bathrooms,ensuites, cloakrooms and kitchens. These are also very capable of making a design statement, while providing the very useful function or providing a place to hang your wet towels - therefore avoiding them ending up on the floor!

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    Free valves with selected design rads and rails!!

    Thu 9th Oct 2014 - 11:40am Latest Products Free valves with selected design rads and rails!!


    Benjamin Clarke

    To celebrate Stoptober this month, we’ve got a great deal running throughout October.

    For a select range of designer radiators and designer heated towel rails, we’re offering a free pair of on/off minimalist radiator valves worth £20 to go with each rad!

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    View our designer heated towel rails that include the FREE valves »» (all colours!)

    The valves will be offered as only angled or straight and angled. The difference is the following:

    When offered as only angled, this is because the radiator has side entry / exits connections. If the pipework is coming from the wall or the floor, the angled valves provides the necessary connection. You can see an example of the only angled valves here on the Lunar Anthracite Radiator

    When the valves are offered as straight and angled, this is because the heated towel rail or radiator has entry / exit connections at the base. Straight valves will be required if the pipes are coming up from the floor and angled valves will be required when the pipes are coming from the wall. You can see an example of the straight and angled valves here on the Zonda Designer Heated Towel Rail

    Limited time only! Hurry while stocks last! Get 'em while they're hot...!

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    Designer Heated Towel Rail Range »»

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

    How to fix common radiator problems

    Tue 7th Oct 2014 - 6:38am DIY Troubleshooting How to fix common radiator problems


    Benjamin Clarke

    Early October is usually the time when the central heating goes back on full time. The Indian summer of September has usually long since passed and the nights start closing in, especially once the clocks change.

    It’s around this time that radiator issues are most common. During the summer they may have been only used intermittently, but by autumn when you really need them again, you often find your rads aren’t working as efficiently as you’d like them to be.

    There are various symptoms of an underperforming radiator and we’ll cover those here.

    The radiator has hot and cold patches

    This is a common problem that is fortunately very easy to solve. There are usually two possible reasons for radiators that are not evenly hot.

    1. There is sludge in your radiator. This is essentially lots of rust and corroded metal that has broken off internally and is sat in the bottom of your radiator, causing it to be inefficient and not heating up properly. The best way to remove this is to remove the radiator from the wall and flush it out with water. Adding central heating inhibitor will help prevent it happening again. The links below provide more detailed info on these issues.

    Article: What can I do about sludge in my radiator?
    Video: How to add central heating inhibitor via a heated towel rail
    Video: How to add central heating inhibitor via a loft tank 
    Video: How to add central heating inhibitor into a pressuried system

    2. There is air trapped in your radiator. This is very simple to fix as all you need to do is locate the radiator bleed and use a radiator key to release the air. This links below will help you through this process.

    Video: How to bleed a radiator
    Video: How to bleed a heated towel rail

    One radiator won’t get hot

    This is a fairly common problem. For example, you may have ten radiators in your house and nine of them are getting hot whereas one remains cold. Things to try to sort this issue out are opening up the lockshield valve on the cold radiator, turning on the thermostatic radiator valve and removing the head of the TRV and checking to see if the pin is stuck.

    Video: How To Fix One Radiator Not Working

    A couple of radiators are warm but not hot

    This can be quite a frustrating issue if you a fairly new to DIY on your own heating system. The radiator(s) in question is almost, but not quite, getting up to optimum temperature. You know it’s not an issue with radiator sludge, so what can it be? It’s likely that your system needs balancing. This is basically ensuring that the flow of hot water coming from your boiler is distributed evenly around all of your radiators. Again, once you know how, this is a pretty easy problem to sort out and the link below shows you exactly how to do it.

    Video: How To Balance Your Heating System

    A leaky radiator valve

    Water leaking out of your radiators can range from a minor inconvenience to being a serious problem, depending on the amount coming out. Either way, it’s not nice to have dirty radiator water leaking out onto your floor. Sometimes this can be fixed by simply tightening the nuts on the valve with a spanner. Sometimes, however, you may find your need to replace the entire valve. The links below will tell you all you need to know (and more) about thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs)

    Video: How To Change a Thermostatic Radiator Valve
    Video: The Ultimate Guide To Thermostatic Radiator Valves

    Article by Benjamin Clarke