A radiator is far removed from a mere home heat source nowadays.
More than ever, both vertical and horizontal modern radiators are used to create interior style statements. Away from simply providing warmth throughout the home, they can be used to completely transform the look of a room.
Vertical radiators have garnered a reputation as the more fanciful designer radiators available. However, horizontal models can be considered just as eye-catching. Especially when compared with traditional convector radiator designs.
The question is which is the best type of radiator to select for your home?
This blog will help you make the right choice…
Vertical or Horizontal: What difference does it make?
This horizontal Revive double-panel designer radiator measures 70 inches in width, and provides a heat output of 6135 BTUs, or 1,798 Watts.
Whilst it isn’t an especially large radiator, the Revive model would account for a significant amount of wall space in a small area. As a result, you could be somewhat restricted in positioning other fixtures and furniture.
As you can see, there’s plenty of room for a giant clock above, but little space to manoeuvre either side of the radiator.
The component could influence your choice of decor as well, with factors such as the long width at play.
With vertical radiators, you maximize the wall space in the channels between your radiator and parallel wall.
Of course, you might have to relocate the clock, but there’s still plenty of room to fit such a fixture if you do travel the vertical route.
There’s just a couple of differences between the layout in each example (see if you can spot them) – but they essentially offer the same space to work with.
Using that room for reference, the vertical design would account for way more than half a meter extra space. To give a bit of context to that notion, if your wall is two meters long, you can reclaim over a quarter of the space by opting for a vertical designer radiator.
The added room gives you the scope to be more adventurous with decoration, fittings and any other nuances you might wish to populate the area with.
So especially for more compact rooms, a vertical radiator might prove the best heating option.
A further factor in selecting a vertical radiator is the range it provides buyers with regards to adjusting how their room operates.
For instance, if you were planning some renovation work on a dining room area, you might need to eliminate a wall leading into the kitchen. The added wall space would allow you to do just that, and make perfect use of the area beside your kitchen’s entrance.
The result is a bigger kitchen-diner space, without compromising on warmth.
If you are committing to a larger scale refurbishment like this, consider carefully the location of your radiator fitting.
It is wise to opt for the coldest part of the room for obvious reasons. If there is an exterior door or wall entering the kitchen, it is probably a good idea to fit your new radiator nearby either.
If you just want to make space for other fittings such as a kitchen unit, there’s many ultra-thin vertical radiators worth considering.
The Aurora aluminum vertical designer radiator, as seen below, is one such example that can really enhance surrounding space while delivering an outstanding heat output.
Spanning only 11 inches wide, this component still manages to provide a 3931 BTU heat output, equating to 1,152 Watts.
It is one of several available vertical radiators that maximize wall space immensely. The radiator creates adequate room for all sorts of different fixtures, fittings and furniture.
Ultimately, the goal is to create a comfortable, warm environment with scope for adventurous design props, if that is your forte.
What are the Advantages of a Horizontal Radiator?
A more traditional avenue to travel is to replace your existing radiator with a new horizontal model.
Even the most contemporary designs are still more common in comparison with vertical radiators. However, they can still be considered an impressive interior design feature.
Horizontal radiators work in the exact same manner as vertical designs. They tend to be positioned in the coldest area of a room, often beneath a window.
By fitting them in such a location, your horizontal radiators won’t hog useful wall space elsewhere in the chosen room. Thus, they won’t affect the positioning of furniture or other appliances.
The downside to this, though, is that you are somewhat pigeon-holed in terms of where you can install your radiator.
Therefore, if you want to move your radiator away from underneath the window for whatever reason, a vertical radiator could be considered a better option.
But if you do have your heart set on a horizontal radiator, there are some versions available that enable you to enhance space.
A middle connection model – such as the Aurora aluminum horizontal designer radiator – ensure that there is no requirement for extra space at either side of the radiator.
Although no added room is needed for valves and pipework, any middle connection horizontal radiator will still surely be wider than a vertical option that delivers an identical heat output.
You might just want to upgrade the appearance of your room a touch. In that case, trading your traditional convector for a brand new horizontal radiator might prove the best solution.