If you are renovating your property or building a new one, you may be wondering where is the best place to put your radiators. With all the new designs around these days, we are not limited to large walls or the walls we do not require for furniture. You can install vertical radiators or smaller and longer ones which can sit close to the floor. They can even become furniture items themselves. But when it comes to efficiency, where is best to make the most of the heat and to keep those energy bills down?
Before you start, you will need to take into account the pipework connecting your radiators. While moving a radiator may seem like an easy job, you will not want to see all the extra pipework. Make sure it can be hidden behind skirting or under the floor before you get going.
Conventional wisdom seems to tell us that the best place to position a radiator is directly under the window. This will allow the cool air from the window opening to heat before it passes into the room. The cold air would be heading down and the warm air from the radiator would be heading upwards to meet it. This was certainly a good idea when all windows were single glazed. Now that most homes have double glazing, the heat loss through windows is much less and the draughts coming in have all but disappeared.
Another reason why radiators might be placed under a window is that they are much less likely to interfere with furniture placement. Most people do not put their couch under the window – due to the draughts – and so the radiator would always be in a clear position.
It is thought that having a radiator on the wall opposite the window is one of the worst places to have it. The cold air will sink to the floor before being dragged across the room to be heated by the radiator and sent upwards. This circulating air can cause cool spots in the room.
Radiators on internal walls will lose less heat than those placed on an external wall. The wall itself will be warmer and the heat absorbed into the wall will be released into the house rather than to the outside. The stored heat will also stay longer and stay warmer. One disadvantage to this is that you may be tempted to place your furniture against the external wall and this can cause damp issues. Having a radiator on an external wall will prevent the wall from becoming cold or being affected by condensation.
While placing radiators in the best position for your home and the room is a great way to improve the efficiency of your heating system, the best way is, of course, to ensure you have an energy efficient boiler. Making sure you have insulation in cavity walls as well as in your loft will prevent heat loss and keep your home warmer. It is important to take care of all draughts and gaps around windows before you consider repositioning your radiators. You may just fix the problem of a cold room without the need to do any plumbing at all.