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    • CommentAuthordelprado
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2017
    My house needs some. But what do I use? The choice is bewildering. I think I hate those convectors as they make that weird smell and sound of air fuzzing about.
    By convectors I presume you mean those with an electric fan within to drive the heat exchanger.

    What you can use depends upon your heat requirement. E.g. skirting rads need a lot of wall length in a typical UK house and in some rooms you may not have enough length to get the required heat.

    What is wrong with the standard pressed steel rads that are readily available in various price ranges and various designs but all working in the same principle - a warm to hot metal plate giving off heat by convection and radiation.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2017
    As you say Paul the choice is bewildering with prices equally varied.
    Assuming you are talking wet system, I think the first thing is to decide on a radiator locations, and obviously pipework plan, if not already done so. There may be places where you can put fairly simple and cheaper more utilitarian models. In other places you may decide on more architectural models, that's all assuming you need wall hung types. There again you could opt for in floor, or skirting, types.
    • CommentAuthorgravelld
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2017
    Isn't the first step to work out what the heat demand is before you decide where to put them?
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2017
    Self evident I would have thought.
    I've just upgraded my mums radiators and opted for type 22's. Toolstation were the cheapest for 7 radiators with next day delivery.

    I sized each one to be the width of the window and appropriate height. They are very much oversized for each room so should in theory allow to run lower temperatures.
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