5 things to consider when installing a vertical radiator

5 things to consider when installing a vertical radiator

Google trends data has revealed that searches for ‘where to buy a vertical radiator?’ have increased by 105% in the last 6 months, leading to one in six plumbers seeing an increase in callouts to rectify a botched installation job attempted by eager customers.

Installing vertical radiators incorrectly can lead to reduced efficiency, improper function and in some cases poses a safety hazard. The study, by leading designer radiator specialists BestHeating, also revealed one in three homeowners admitted to failing to install their new radiator properly, causing further damage to their walls. 

Jess Steele heating technology expert at BestHeating has revealed five considerations when installing a vertical radiator. 

  1. Incorrect positioning

Installing the radiator in a position that obstructs airflow or doesn’t allow for proper heat distribution can reduce its efficiency. Radiators should be installed at least 100mm (4 inches) off the floor and 150mm (6 inches) from any windowsills to ensure efficient circulation of heated air. This positioning also reduces the risk of dampness and mould growth around the radiator. You should also advise customers to avoid blocking the radiator with curtains or furniture to allow heat to radiate freely.  

  1. Choose the right wall

Vertical radiators can be very heavy. Make sure the wall your customer chooses can support the weight of the radiator. Solid brick or concrete walls are ideal, but plasterboard walls can also be used with the right fixings. For solid walls, heavy-duty wall plugs and screws are sufficient. For plasterboard walls, you’ll need to use specialised plasterboard fixings or toggle bolts that can spread the weight more evenly across the wall. 

  1. Uneven placement

Always check the floor level especially in older homes to ensure the floor is level before deciding on the placement. An uneven floor can make a securely mounted radiator appear wonky and ensuring the radiator is level prevents uneven heating and potential damage. Use a spirit level the double check everything as you go. 

  1. Don’t attempt installation alone

Vertical radiators can be very heavy, with some of the larger ones weighing around 50kg before they are even filled with water. So, consider having someone with you when installing to help you lift it into place and avoid injury or damage to the radiator. 

  1. Regular maintenance

Once installed correctly, it’s important to advise your customers to regularly maintain the radiator to ensure its continued efficiency and longevity. neglecting maintenance tasks such as cleaning, bleeding and making sure to check for leaks will help prevent problems over time. If your client is unsure on how to bleed a radiator, share this blog with them. 

For more information visit https://www.bestheating.com/

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