How to Pick The Right Radiator For Your Home

We may be on the cusp of some warm months ahead but that is no reason not to think about using now as the perfect opportunity to replace and upgrade your radiators in the home. Radiators are more than functional, they not only heat zones of the house but they are also a strikingly visual aspect of the home which compliments the style of the room, and this is why it is important to get it right. There is a wide range of radiators which you can choose from such as a classic column radiator and single or double panel radiators, each with their own unique style and functionality. The key to getting the right radiator for you is finding this balance between style and function, and here are some tips on how to do just that.

Function First

Whilst style will be something that always comes into this decision your starting point should be pragmatism over aesthetics, after all a radiator is there to warm the space in which it is located. Consider the size of the space which you wish to heat and also how often the radiator will be used. A general rule of thumb here is to take the height, length and width of the room in feet, and then multiply by four. This number will be the BTU output of the radiator which you should be looking for.

Style of the Room

Once you understand the power of the radiator which you are looking for you will have a better idea of what style choices you can make here. This of course should always be done in a way which compliments the style of the room. It is also worth bearing in mind that this radiator is likely going to be in place for a far longer time than the decor is, so it is worth looking for a radiator which isn’t totally bold and is more neutral.

Naturally you aren’t going to put a period oil radiator into a modern room, nor would you look to put a colorful radiator into a traditional or industrial style room. The key is finding the balance and a radiator which fits well with the decor that you currently have.


The final deciding factor here will be your budget, and this will be what helps you to decide on the style of the radiator for your room. There are all kinds of radiators with the necessary power for your room, with options for all budgets. The price increases will come from extra features, style, materials and of course the brand. It is always advisable that you have budget in your head at first for the radiators in your room or indeed throughout the home, as it can be easy to get swept away by pricier and more impressive products. Pick your price and don’t go beyond it.

Invest some time looking at catalogues and home stores to make sure that you get the right radiator for your budget and for your home.