The Best Column Radiators | Part 1

The Best Column Radiators | Part 1

A white column radiatorA white column radiator

For anyone considering having a new set of radiators installed in their home, then column radiators should really be at, or at least near, the top of the list. Column rads are a very versatile type of radiator that look fantastic in all types of property, from characterful cottages to a sleek city centre apartments to an out of town new build home.

Despite all these qualities, column radiators are often overlooked by those who are only familiar with 'standard' radiators and don't realise there are alternative options. Additionally, some hear the word 'column' and mistakenly confuse them with the more heavyweight cast iron radiators, traditionally found in period homes or historical buildings like churches or old hospitals.

In fact, column radiators are a brilliant middle ground for those seeking to install something different from a standard, white grooved convector radiator, but without going as far as fitting a more cumbersome and ornate cast iron option. If this sounds like the thought process that you have been battling with in regard to your radiators, then column radiators could be the heating solution you've been looking for.

Column radiator styles

Column rads are very recognisable due to their distinctive rows of columned chambers that run from the top to the bottom of the radiator. This is the typical style of a column radiator and the actual design doesn't tend to vary much from manufacturer to manufacturer. That being said, there are some variations within the field of column radiators that it's important to be aware of.

Number of columns

 A white 4 colunm radiator

There are a wide range of sizes when it comes to buying a column radiator and you always get a great choice of height and width. However, when we refer to column numbers we are referring to how many rows of columns there are on the radiator, which will affect the depth or projection from the wall.

Column radiators are commonly available with choices of 2 column, 3 column, 4 column or 6 columns. A 2 column radiator would be well suited to a narrow space like a hallway or a landing because it won't stick out very far from the wall. At the other end of the scale, a 6 column radiator would be suitable for a very large room as it would be able to stick out from the wall quite a long way without impeding your ability to navigate around the room. Put a 6-column radiator in a narrow hallway and you might have trouble squeezing past it.

The number of column rows also impacts the amount of heat that is emitted from a radiator. A 4 column radiator that measures 600mm x 600mm will put out much more heat than a 2 column radiator that also measures 600mm x 600mm. Due to the extra columns, there is more surface area from which the radiator can emit heat. We display all of the heat outputs (in BTU) on all our radiators to make it easy for you when ordering, but a good rule of thumb is to remember that the chunkier the radiator, the more heat it will emit when compared to a thinner radiator of the same height and width.

 

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