Tue 26th Jul 2016 - 11:32am Home Interiors Get awesome design ideas from Trade Radiators on Instagram

    Get awesome design ideas from Trade Radiators on Instagram

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    Always keen to get our brand across to as many people and platforms as possible, we are pleased to announce we have started our own Trade Radiators Instagram account.

    We are often contacted by customers seeking advice on what sort of radiator or heated towel rail would suit their particular lifestyle or design tastes.

    We also get a lot of our customers wanting to show off their latest purchases from us by emailing pictures of their new rad or rail in situ.

    As a result we decided it would be a great idea to display some of these beautifully taken images on our Instagram account. Not only does it display the wide variety of rads and rails that we offer on our site, but it also puts them into context and shows potential customers what they look like in real life.

    Displaying these images publicly also gives people fantastic design ideas, which is particularly helpful if they are redecorating entire rooms.

    As radiators and towel rails are much more of a focal point of rooms than they used to be in years gone by, people enjoy seeing what other people have done with their own interiors and how they’ve incorporated a radiator.

    These showcased images will hopefully inspire many of you to select a bold radiator design and give you a helping hand with colours, textures and furniture to pair with them.

    We’d like to think that looking at these images will help you realise that there are many different types of radiator and you don’t simply have to stick with simple white convector radiators, though we do stock an excellent range of these.

    We hope you’ll be inspired to consider options like polished stainless steel towel rails, vertical aluminium radiators or even the old school traditional heated towel warmers, amongst many other options.

    Looking at our Instagram account should open up your mind to all of the radiator possibilities that we offer, enabling you to furnish your home with something truly spectacular.

    If you would like to send us a picture of your installed radiator or towel rail that you purchased from us, we’d be delighted to receive it at info@traderadiators.com. Feel free to include a couple of sentences about what room it’s in and what you like about it!

    Find us at instagram.com/traderadiators

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

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    Fri 22nd Jul 2016 - 11:13am DIY Troubleshooting VIDEO - How to install a dual fuel heated towel rail

    VIDEO - How to install a dual fuel heated towel rail

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    Dual fuel radiators and heated towel rails are becoming increasingly popular in homes today.

    They work by being connected to the convential hot water central heating system as normal, but they also contain an electric element that mens they can run independently off of your electricity supply, hence the name 'dual fuel'.

    The benefit of having dual fuel radiators or towel rails is that when it's cold, you can have the rad or rail running as a regular part of the hot water central heating system, but you can also switch it on via the electrics without the need to put on your whole central heating system.

    This is particularly useful in summer when you may not need to switch the heating on but you want to dry off wet clothing or towels on a radiator or towel rail. The dual fuel option allows you do do this without the expense and inconvenience of switching on the whole heating system.

    In this video, Jimmy the plumber goes through the process of installing a dual fuel heated towel rail into a customer's small downstairs toilet.

    You see all the prep work Jimmy has done, which includes running pipework from the closest radiator, under the kicthen cabinets and into the cloakroom where the towel rail is being installed.

    He goes through the important process of measuring, marking and drilling the wall so that the towel rail hangs correctly and Jimmy also explains in detail how to install the electric element into your rail.

    As you see, it's much easier to install the element before you hang the radiator, otherwise you might have difficulty and find that you don't have enough space to get the element actually into the rail.

    Jimmy also shows how its better to pipe up the towel rail first before connecting it to the electrics, because if there's a leak, you need to dismantle everything to locate the leak - much easier if you haven't connected the electrics yet.

    The final installation looks great and, as Jimmy says, although the new towel rail is excatly the same height and width as the old towel rail, the fact that it contains 22mm bars means is is able to generate a much higher heat output than before.

    The dual fuel rail featured in this video is from our Trade Direct Chrome Straight Heated Towel Rail range >>

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    Wed 13th Jul 2016 - 3:16pm Energy and Heating What are Low Surface Temperature radiators?

    What are Low Surface Temperature radiators?

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    It’s important when installing a radiator that it’s heat output is correct for the room it’s in. Too low and the room won’t feel warm enough, too high and the room will be far too hot, as well as causing an unnecessary increase in your heating bills.

    Fortunately, it is now quite easy to work out what amount of heat your radiator should kick out due to the introduction of heat calculators. You can put in a few calculations and you’ll get a result in either British Thermal Units (BTUs) or Watts (W), both of which are displayed on all of the radiators on our website.

    However, an issue of increasing importance is how hot the surface of a radiator can become. This is of particular concern for the more vulnerable in society such as the elderly, the disabled, the very young and others who are at risk of burning themselves.

    Many radiators installed on a regular hot water central heating system can have surface temperatures of 80°C which can actually burn skin coming into contact with it in less than a second.

    In the healthcare sector, conditions have been introduced under the NHS Safe Surface Temperature guidelines that require any heat emitters being installed in NHS buildings must only have a maximum surface temperature of 43°C. 43°C is considered a safe surface temperature because it would take over 2.5 hours for skin in contact with a radiator at this heat to burn.

    These Low Surface Temperature (LST) radiators have become very popular, especially with similar standards being introduced in new-builds, schools and buildings housing vulnerable members of society.

    The best LSTs are enclosed in a special casing that is not too hot to the touch and has plenty of ventilation. The ventilation grills pull in cold air at the bottom and transfer heat into the air at the top through the process of convection.

    The casing on the outside of an LST is usually very flat which makes cleaning very easy, very important in a healthcare building or establishment. In many cases the paint on the outside of the casing will MRSA-resistant paint which again makes them a great option for hospitals.

    It’s preferable to install thermostatic radiator valves along with the LSTs as this will allow the under to adjust the temperature easily without the risk of opening the casing and exposing themselves to higher temperatures. It should also be remembered that any exposed pipework that is located within 2 metres of the radiator should be adequately insulated if carrying hot water that is above 43°C.

    There are now a wide variety of radiator manufacturers producing Low Surface Temperature radiators that have all of the characteristics outlined above. If the surface temperature of radiators is of concern to you, or you are installing rads in a healthcare environment, then LSTs are definitely an option worth exploring.

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    Tue 5th Jul 2016 - 8:26am Energy and Heating Why summer is the best time for central heating maintenance

    Why summer is the best time for central heating maintenance

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    Summer in Britain - a time when there’s no rain, soaring temperatures and endlessly long days of beautiful blue sky and sunshine!

    Well maybe not quite, but on a practical level the summer months are definitely a time when you use your central heating much less, if at all.

    Because of this, it’s easy to forget about freezing temperatures and how much your central heating system helps you feel more comfortable at home during the colder months.

    However, your central heating definitely does work hard during the winter to ensure that you’ve got constant warm temperatures and hot water and you can imagine (or maybe you have experience) of how horrible it can be if your system breaks down in the middle of winter.

    Which is precisely why summer is the perfect time to get things done regarding your central heating system, because it’s the time of year when you need it least. Why wait for the temperature to drop before you make sure everything is working correctly?

    In the summer you’ll find it much easier to get a plumber to come out and provide boiler and heating system maintenance than you will in winter. In winter plumbers and heating installers are much busier dealing with heating system breakdowns, burst pipes and other emergencies associated with cold weather.

    It’s recommended that you have a professional look at your boiler every 12 months to ensure that it is working correctly anyway. Just like a car and it’s MOT, boilers and heating components can wear out and require maintenance to correct small issues and to avert more serious problems.

    Many people also aren’t aware that a lot of manufacturer’s warranties on boilers are only valid if maintenance is performed every 12 months, so it’s important to get your system checked once a year.

    Additionally, if your radiators are over 15 years old, it’s likely that they will need replacing as radiator technology has come a long way in the last decade or so. Not only are there many more styles to choose from, but modern radiators are much more efficient, using less and less hot water to bring them up to a comfortable temperature, which has a positive impact on your heating bills.

    Switching off your heating system to have new radiators installed during winter is not a fun experience. However, in the summer, getting new rads installed is no hardship because the warmer outside temperatures mean it doesn’t really matter if they’re out of action for a couple of days.

    In general, having work done on your radiators and heating system in summer is an excellent idea. Your plumber will be glad of the work, plus the work can be done comfortably and with minimal inconvenience to you and your family.

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    Wed 29th Jun 2016 - 11:36am Energy and Heating The importance of choosing the right water conditioner to combat limescale

    The importance of choosing the right water conditioner to combat limescale

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    Benjamin Clarke

    There are lots of different water conditioners on the market that deal with the issue of hard water and limescale buildup.

    However, there’s currently no official benchmark or standard which these water conditioners must reach before being allowed to go on sale. It’s for this reason that it makes it very difficult for plumbers and installers to know which conditioner will benefit their customers most.

    Hard water is basically rainwater that has trickled through limestone and taken on calcium minerals in the process. At this stage, the minerals are a solution, however if it is heated or subjected to a drop in pressure (as it is in the home), the minerals harden.

    They then manifest in the form of limescale on taps, in sinks, the insides of pipework, boilers, heat pumps and other components of the heating system. If left untreated, then these deposits can lead to inefficiency of the heating system, higher fuel bills and eventually a complete breakdown of the components.

    There are various options available, including a base exchange softener which replaces the calcium with sodium and stops the limescale from forming. These sodium (or salt) softeners work very well but they come with some large negatives. The salt levels need regularly topping up, the system is very expensive and often a new drinking water supply needs to be installed to compensate for the sodium in the water.

    Another much cheaper option is the installation of a physical or ‘inline’ water conditioner, many of which release zinc into the water. The zinc provides something that the calcium deposits can attach themselves to whilst still in the water, rather than clinging onto pipes and heating components. Inline water conditioners are a cheap option that do a successful job. The downside is that in many cases, they might only last a couple of years before the zinc runs out and they need to be replaced.

    Another, newer option is the usage of electronic water conditioners which often use radio waves to generate a composite in the water for the minerals to cling onto, similar to the way inline water conditioners use zinc.

    Electronic water conditioners have the ability to treat the water upstream or downstream and provide great flexibility by being able to even to work where water is used infrequently or intermittently. Again, there is a downside, which is that, as the technology is relatively new, there are still some unknowns involving the best place to install the conditioners to ensure maximum signal coverage.

    This kind of information needs to be made clear by the manufacturers and more training materials need to be provided to installers to ensure they are providing the best option and service to their customers.

    There are several water conditioning options, and clearly it’s important to have something in place to protect your heating system from limescale. This is particularly important for those in the East and South of England, where hard water is most common.

    Which option to choose is clearly dependent on the individual circumstances of the customers and it’s up to the plumbers and installers to make that call correctly.

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