Tue 17th Jan 2017 - 12:19pm DIY Troubleshooting VIDEO - How To Install A Radiator Under A Window

    VIDEO - How To Install A Radiator Under A Window


    Benjamin Clarke

    In this excellent and informative video, Jimmy the plumber takes us through the process of installing a radiator under a window.

    As Jimmy explains, no matter how good your double glazing, windows will always let a small amount of cold air into the home (when compared to brick walls, for example). So whenerever possible, plumbers always like to install radiators under windows so that the cold air immediately gets warmed up as soon as it enters the house.

    In this particular house, it might appear that the gap underneath the window is too small to be able to fit a radiator underneath. However, due to the fact that Trade Radiators offers a wide variety of shapes and sizes of radiator, Jimmy shows that you can fit a rad in even the most awkward of spaces.

    Jimmy then runs through the process of measuring up the radiator, installing the brackets and then correctly hanging the rad so it looks great on the wall.

    The process of fitting a radiator is surprisingly easy so it's definitely a job you can tackle yourself. However, as with any plumbing job, if you are unsure about any part of the process, it's always best to get in a professional to do the job properly.

    The radiator installed in this video is a 300m high horizontal rad from our Trade Direct Flat Panel radiator range and we've got a huge variety of radiators for you to choose from.

    Whether you've got horizontal or vertical wall space, you'll find a rad in our flat panel range to suit your needs. We've got horizontal rads measuring from 300mm (h) x 800mm (w) right up to a whopping 600mm (h) x 2000mm (w). Similarly, for making use of upward space, we've got vertical rads measuring from 1600mm (h) x 500mm (w), all the way up to 1800mm (h) x 600mm (w).

    With an additional choice of single and double panels, as well as single or double convector fins, we've given you a massive amount of choice so you can get the exact measurements and heat outputs you need to heat your room, enabling you to modernise your home with minimal disruption!

    View our Trade Direct Flat Panel radiator range here >>

    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    VIDEO - How to install a radiator in a conservatory 11th Feb 2016 

    • VIDEO - How to install a radiator in a tricky place 30th Mar 2016 

    • VIDEO - How to install radiators in different rooms 9th Sep 2016 


    Tue 10th Jan 2017 - 10:07am Latest Products New smart element on Trade Direct electric heated towel rails

    New smart element on Trade Direct electric heated towel rails


    Benjamin Clarke

    We are proud to announce that all of our Trade Direct electric heated towel rails now come with the option of a fantastic smart thermostat to control the temperature of your rails automatically!

    These beauties contain an internal sensor that allows you to set the temperate with 10 different resistant settings between 100 - 1000 Watts, making it very easy to set your rails to a consistent temperature of your choice.

    In Comfort Mode, the thermostat keeps the heated towel rail at the temperature set by you.

    The Boost 2h Mode means the element is boosted for 2 hours independently of the temperature you've set. After the 2 hours is up, it will return to the Comfort Mode.

    The P1 and P2 Modes gives you extra flexibility. You can set it so the Boost Mode comes on for two hours, then returns to the Comfort Mode for 10 hours or 22 hours (you set this) and then enters the Boost Mode again. This cycle can run endlessly if you want it to.

    Essentially it means you can have the flexibility of controlling when your heated towel rail is on and at what temperature, ensuring your towels and your room are warm when you want them to be.

    Our range of Trade Direct Heated Towel Rails are available here >>

    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    • LATEST PRDUCT - Coneva Designer Radiators 8th Oct 2016 

    • LATEST PRODUCT - Lazzarrini Heated Towel Rails 22nd Sep 2016 

    • LATEST PRODUCT - Lacquered Metal Column Radiators 4th Jun 2016 


    Tue 3rd Jan 2017 - 10:45am Radiators January Sale on now - everything discounted!

    January Sale on now - everything discounted!


    Benjamin Clarke

    Yes it's that's time where we all start afresh and have high hopes for the exciting year ahead!

    With that in mind, we know that many people use January as a time to get their house in order - literally, but sorting out important things like central heating.

    It's especially important to ensure that you central heating is running smoothly as January and February tend to be the coldest months of the year and the time when we rely on central heating most!

    You may well have some old, scruffy radiators that desperately need replacing? Or you're tired of those wet towels not drying and starting to smell? 

    Whatever may be going on in your home with your central heating, you can be sure we have something amazing on our website suitable for warming any room in your home. Even if you don't have a conventional hot water central heating system, we have a huge variety of electric and infrared heating panels, radiators and rails.

    Everything on our website is currently discounted until 15th January 2017 and each comes with free delivery to all mainland UK addresses!

    Get a bargain rad or rail now and use code 'happy5' at checkout to redeem your 5% discount at TradeRadiators.com

    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    • Why it's time to upgrade your radiators if they're over 15 years old 13th Aug 2015 

    • The importance of annual heating system maintenance 7th Jul 2015 

    • Interior design inspiration - White Heated Towel Rails 21st Apr 2015 


    Tue 13th Dec 2016 - 3:41pm Energy and Heating Is the London Boiler Cashback Scheme too difficult to understand?

    Is the London Boiler Cashback Scheme too difficult to understand?


    Benjamin Clarke

    Back in April 2016, we announced the encouraging news that the London Boiler Cashback Scheme, championed by then-Mayor Boris Johnson, had been launched.

    Because the UK needs to reduce its carbon emissions by 20% by 2020, we hoped this scheme would be very positive and would encourage other authorities around the country to adopt a similar policy.

    The basic premise was that if you lived in one of the 33 London boroughs and had a boiler operating at 70% efficiency or less, then you were entitled to a £400 voucher towards a new boiler.

    £2.6 million was set aside for this project and it was hoped that Londoners would jump on this opportunity to upgrade their inefficient boilers at a discounted rate and benefit from a potential saving of £340 per year.

    However, recent information has come to light that suggests the scheme has not been as successful as was first hoped with some suggesting that the qualifying criteria is too complicated and people simply aren't sure if they qualify or not.

    As with most things, if something isn't easy to understand then people will take no action, which probably explains why the funding for this scheme has not yet been used up.

    The main area for confusion is with people identifying whether their boilers are operating at less than 70% efficiency. These types of boiler are known as 'zombie' or G rated boilers. However, when the G rated boilers were manufactured and sold, the efficiency ratings system had not been introduced, so there is nothing on these old, inefficient boilers that would suggest to a homeowner that they are G rated. 

    Although a Gas Safe-registered installer can carry out the administrative process of getting and applying the £400 voucher, the homeowner obviously needs to instigate the process by actually realising that their boiler operates at less than 70%. As this is not clear, this would account for why many people have not yet taken advantage of the offer.

    There have been calls to make the criteria for the scheme to be easier to understand by simply saying that the boiler must be of a certain age, have a pilot light or an open flue.

    The complications and a lack of take up means that other areas around the country may be reluctant to open up boiler cashback or scrappage schemes themselves.

    If you do think you have an old, inefficient boiler that is G rated, we encourage you to contact your local qualified heating engineer to come and take a look and they will be able to advise you further.

    Full details on the London Boiler Cashback Scheme can be found at http://www.london.gov.uk/boilers

    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    • The London Boiler Cashback Scheme Launched 8th Apr 2016 

    • Encouraging the replacement of old, inefficient boilers 22nd Jun 2016 

    • Why it's time to upgrade your radiators if they're over 15 years old 13th Aug 2015 


    Fri 9th Dec 2016 - 12:31pm Energy and Heating How to avoid frozen condensate pipes

    How to avoid frozen condensate pipes


    Benjamin Clarke

    It's inevitable that, with the onset of cold weather, the amount of calls that go out to plumbers and heating engineers increases markedly.

    During the winter months, the heating is usually on non-stop, putting extra stress on the system and can cause breakdowns, especially if the system has not undergone maintenance for a long time.

    One of the common reason for heating engineer call-outs is when the condensate drainage pipe on condensing boilers freezes. The pipe can become blocked with ice, causing the boiler to shutdown and stop working - resulting in a freezing cold nightmare for the householders. This problem often occurs when part of this pipe is located outside of the building and is therefore more susceptible to low temperatures.

    The Heating and Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) gives the following advice to help minimise the chances of condensate pipes from freezing:

    • A condensate pipe should not run outside for any more than 3 metres. Pipes running outside must have a minimum internal diameter of 30mm and insulated sufficiently with weatherproof insulation. All pipework should fall no less than 2.5 degrees and fittings and bends should be kept to an absolute minimum.

    • In instances where the pipe ends outside the building, into a drain or gulley, the pipe should finish above the water line and below the grate by no less than 25mm, with additional installation of a drain guard.

    • A 'Benchmark Commissioning Checklist' should be filled out so that all the details of the condensate drainage pipe installation are noted.

    • If all or part of a condensate drainage pipe goes outside the building, the installer must explain to the customer that there is a potential risk of the pipe freezing and given the option of fitting trace heating to help raise the temperature of the pipe.

    • Installers should avoid incorrect and non-compliant installation by following the appliances' installation guide, so ensure correct installation and not invalidating any warranties.

    Article by Benjamin Clarke


    • How to prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting 16th Jun 2015 

    • Why limescale can be more expensive than you think 25th Feb 2016 

    • The importance of annual heating maintenance 7th Jul 2015