So, you thought it would be pretty straightforward to buy a bathroom radiator? Well, it is but there are quite a few things to think about to make sure you get the right heating solution the first time round.
In this guide, we’ll provide you with all the things that you need to consider from size and colors, to where to have bathroom radiators installed to get the best benefit from its heat.
Bathroom Radiator Sizes
Radiators come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s difficult to give a definitive answer as to the “average” size. However, we can provide some general guidelines.
Generally speaking, domestic radiators range in size from around 500mm wide by 1000mm high right up to 1200mm wide by 2000mm high. There are of course smaller and larger radiators available on the market, but these will be the most common sizes.
When choosing a radiator for your bathroom, it’s important to take into account both its width and height measurements. You’ll also need to make sure that your chosen model is compatible with your boiler type and water pressure rating.
If you’re not sure which radiator is right for you, then do have a chat with a heating engineer for some professional advice.
Do Bathroom Radiators Come In Different Colors?
While you might always think about radiators as being white in color, they do actually come in a wide range of shades. From black through to stainless steel ones and even brightly colored reds and blues, pretty much every option is available.
Of course, the color of the radiator you choose may be limited by the style of your bathroom. For example, a traditional white radiator might look out of place in a modern black and chrome bathroom but be a perfect choice in a family bathroom.
When choosing a radiator it’s important to think about more than just its looks though; you also need to consider how well it will heat up your room. Some radiators are better at heating large spaces than others, so if you have a particularly large bathroom, then do make sure you consider functionality as well as appearance.
How Do You Install A Bathroom Radiator?
Installing a bathroom radiator is a fairly simple process that only requires basic tools and some know-how.
- The first step is to measure the space you want to install the radiator in, and then purchase a unit that will fit. That sounds obvious but it’s amazing how many people miss this step out!
- Before you start the installation, switch off the central heating and allow it to cool down.
- Once you have the unit, unpack it and layout all of the parts according to the included instructions. This means that you don’t get halfway through and discover a vital piece is missing.
- Now locate and remove the screws from both ends of the horizontal mounting brackets on the back of the radiator.
- Hang the radiator on the wall making sure that the bottom lip of the casing slides over the top of the bracket. Then you can fully tighten the bracket screw. Having someone to hold the radiator for you while you complete this step can be really useful!
- Reattach end screws securing horizontal mounting brackets to the backside or radiators sides ensuring they are tight against piping – Do not overtighten though!
- Connect your heating supply pipe coming from your boiler / central heating system using two suitable T-branches (available at most hardware stores). These should be screwed onto either side of the valve connections.
- Finally, you can turn your boiler/central heating system back on. You will now hear a hissing noise as radiators fill with air which normally goes away after 10-15 minutes.
- Once the noise has stopped the heat should be radiating and you can enjoy a shower in the warm
If that all seems like an awful lot of work, then getting a heating engineer in can make it a quick and easy process!
Where should you place your bathroom radiator for optimum heating?
As well as the size and type of radiator, its position will make a big difference to how effective it is at heating the bathroom.
The best place for your bathroom radiator is against an external wall. This will give the heat most exposure to warm up the room. If it’s not possible to put your radiator against an exterior wall, try and position it so that it is facing towards the door. This will help stop any cold air from entering the room when the door is opened.
It’s also important not to block radiators with any furniture or fittings – this can reduce their efficiency by up to 30%. So if you have a large bathtub, be sure to leave enough space around the sides for the warmth to circulate effectively.
When choosing your new bathroom radiator, make sure you select one that has been designed for bathrooms. They tend to be more powerful than standard radiators and are moisture resistant too.