Benjamin Clarke

Self-confessed radiator obsessive. Can't watch TV or a movie without commenting on the choice of rads or heated towel rails in the background. My social life is active.

  1. Who should you call to fix a radiator?

    Who should you call to fix a radiator?
    If you've got a problem with your radiators or heating system then it's usually best to call in a professional plumber or heating engineer. While there are some jobs that you can do yourself, it can be difficult if you don't have any DIY experience. You don't want to accidentally make things worse, so it's safer to get someone in...
  2. Can radiators leak gas?

    Can radiators leak gas?
    Making sure that our central heating systems are functioning safely are obviously of utmost importance to all of us. Therefore, in this article we'll deal with some important points to help you keep your central heating system running smoothly and safely. Radiators don't leak carbon monoxide The dangerous, headline-grabbing gas that is associated with faulty central heating systems is carbon...
  3. Do heated towel rails need thermostatic valves?

    Do heated towel rails need thermostatic valves?
    Thermostatic radiator valves are an excellent way of managing your central heating system and ensuring that radiators come on exactly when needed. TRVs are often recommended as a way to keep your heating costs economical. However, should they be fitted on heated towel rails? In this article we'll look at why this is not necessarily the best option. The purpose...
  4. What wattage element do you need for a heated towel rail?

    What wattage element do you need for a heated towel rail?
    When installing an electric heated towel rail in your home, it's important that you have an element that is the right size for your towel rail. Too small and the rail will struggle to heat up, too large and you could be wasting unnecessary power. In this article, we'll show you the correct size element you need for your rail...
  5. What you should never put near a radiator

    What you should never put near a radiator
    If you read our recent post on where to put your radiator, you'll know that installing you rad in the right place can have an impact on how efficient your heating is. Traditionally, radiator positioning advice was to put radiators under windows to ensure that cold air seeping through inefficient single panes was heated. However, with the advent of double...
  6. Is an Electric Radiator cheaper?

    Is an Electric Radiator cheaper?
    There's no doubt that utility bills in the UK can be very expensive, especially when we're at home a lot using more gas and electricity. A common question many people have is whether electric heating is cheaper than gas central heating. In this article we'll explore this issue further and provide with some electric radiator options. The costs of electricity...
  7. Where should I be putting my radiator?

    Where should I be putting my radiator?
    Getting the right placement of radiators in your home is important because it's a decision that will dictate the heat in your home for years to come. In this article, we'll take a look at the various radiator placement options and the different types of radiators that work in different rooms in your home. What type of heating system do...
  8. Essential radiator maintenance tips for the summer

    Essential radiator maintenance tips for the summer
    There are strong comparisons between your central heating system and your car. Get them regularly serviced and they should serve you well for years to come. Neglect them and fail to take care of them and they'll let you down when you most need them (in winter or on a motorway). In this article, we'll explain why radiator maintenance is...
  9. Should heated towel rails be left on?

    Should heated towel rails be left on?
    Heated towel rails are designed to be left on all the time and there are no safety issues to consider if you decide you want to keep them running. A standard heated towel rail will typically come on and off in accordance with the main central heating system. An electric rail has an on/off switch and most contain an automatic...
  10. Top 10 Most Common Boiler Questions Asked in 2020

    Top 10 Most Common Boiler Questions Asked in 2020
    Boilers are a 'hot topic' this year and they are a heating component that many people have questions about. In this article, we answer the most common questions about boilers which, we hope, will improve your knowledge and help you feel more confident about choosing the right boiler for your home. 1. Which boiler is best? The most common type...

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