Energy and Heating

  1. The 5 most common questions about BTU

    The 5 most common questions about BTU

    1. What does BTU mean? BTU stands for British Thermal Units and this is the most common way energy and heat output is measured in the UK. 1 BTU = The amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 pound (0.45kg) of water by 1° Fahrenheit (0.56° Celsius). 2. Why is BTU important? British Thermal Units are important... Read More...
  2. What is smart heating and is it worth it?

    What is smart heating and is it worth it?

    If you are considering upgrading your central heating, you may have heard the term 'smart heating' being thrown around. Many consider smart heating to be the way most homes will be heated in the future and many people have already got on board and are heating their homes this way. In this article, we'll explain what smart heating is and... Read More...
  3. What heating system is best for a new home?

    What heating system is best for a new home?

    If you have a blank canvas and are deciding what sort of heating system you should install in your home, then please read on. A fully functioning heating system is integral to your family's comfort in the UK because it is in use in some capacity for much of the year. Even in summer, there are often chilly days, plus... Read More...
  4. 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... Read More...
  5. The Complete Guide to Bathroom Heating

    Welcome to the Complete Guide to Bathroom Heating from Trade Radiators. In this article, we've compiled all the most common questions our customers have regarding heating in the bathroom. With our many years of experience, we're sure that you'll find this guide the number one reference point for everything you need to know about bathroom heating. Below you'll learn about... Read More...
  6. 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... Read More...
  7. 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... Read More...
  8. 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... Read More...
  9. 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... Read More...
  10. 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... Read More...

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