At Plumb Arena we supply a huge range of high quality reliable radiators sourced from the very best manufacturers, at the best possible price. We supply a fantastic choice of styles and sizes from compact modern convector designs to stunning designer radiators. All of our radiators have undergone rigorous safety performance testing and are assured to provide you with a warm and comfortable home throughout the year.
HENRY T Ford's immortal declaration that you can have it in any colour you like "so long as it's black" reflects the limited choices open to consumers in the past.
For a long time, domestic radiators were like that too. They all looked that same and performed the same function. Now, however, the range on offer gives customers a fantastic choice and the chance to make them a real feature in a room. In many cases, radiators have become as much a part of the furniture as sofas or tables and modern designs reflect that.
So whether you are looking for a functional radiator, a stylish designer version, heated towel rail or electric version, Plumb Arena is here to help. Of course, you’ll want one which gives off plenty of heat, but efficiency should be a big consideration, so always look out for the level of BTU / kW output. A high output means you could suffer a lot of heat loss and therefore have higher heating bills.
We offer radiators from trusted manufacturers such as Quinn, Stelrad and Heatline and with our helpful guide, you can be confident of picking the one to keep your home warm. For a guide on radiator sizing, please see our separate sizing guide here.
The most common variation you’re likely to come across are panel radiators. There are three main types available – single panel, double panel and double convector. A single panel radiator is also referred to as K1 and has a convector fitted behind a single front panel. These types work best in smaller rooms or those which don’t lose too much heat.
A double panel, or P+, will have a convector sandwiched between a front and rear panel. The extra panel means extra BTU output, but their size make them a better option in some cases to the double convector.
A double convector radiator has two convectors between the front and rear panel. These are also referred to as K2. If you have a room with a big heat loss problem, these types will be ideal.
These are simple and straightforward. There are a number of different types available for commercial and domestic use and you can also get electric towel rails. All electric radiators work in much the same way. Some work by heating oil with the help of an electrical element within the device. To get an electric radiator working, it’s often just a matter of plugging it in and switching it on. Therefore, they don’t have to be installed as part of a central heating system, often referred to as a wet system. This saves on installation costs, but they are more costly to run than standard radiators.
There was a time when radiators simply blended into the background. Those were probably in the days before a deluge of home improvement show flooded daytime TV. However, with home owners becoming more discerning when it comes to décor, a radiator has become as much of room features as a fireplace or bookcase.
At Plumb Arena, we have a wide range on offer which are sure to set off any room. Whether you are looking for stunning or subtle, the products available from Quinn, Ben De Lisi and Abacus are sure to warm your heart.
Modern designer radiators aren’t just intended as eye-catching focal points. They are also made with energy efficiency in mind too, so they’ll save you money over time.
Low Surface Temperature Radiators (LST)
Appearance and efficiency are two big considerations when it comes to choosing, but safety is equally important. Low Surface Temperature Radiators (LST) may be more commonly used in commercial environments such as hospitals, care homes and nurseries, but with greater availability, they are now an option for domestic consumers.
LSTs are intended to provide safe heat to a room, without becoming too hot and potentially proving harmful to small children and the elderly.
They must operate in accordance with the NHS Estates Health Guidance Notes 1998. Thanks to protective casing, the surface temperature of an LST must not be more than 43 degrees C.
They are able to maintain an optimum temperature due to an in-built thermostat which can be set at a maximum temperature. If the device achieves this maximum temperature, the thermostat activates an internal heating system within the LST which keeps the room at a comfortable and safe temperature.
Another innovation which is both easy on the eye is the towel rail. Essential these are compact radiators which are specially designed to heat your towels, giving you a nice warm feeling when you wrap your towel around you after a shower or bath.
Towel rails can be installed as part of your central heating (wet) system or you can get electric towel rails which don’t involve large scale installation.
With wet system towel rails, there is the option of fitting the duel fuel kit. This means that the towel rail can still be turned on even if the central heating is off thanks to a built-in electrical element.
Thermostatic Radiator Valve
A Thermostatic Rad Valve (TRV) allows you to control the temperature of your radiators in different rooms, meaning you can use your heat more efficiently. They work by sensing the room temperature and shutting off the flow to bring the temperature to the desired level. You can set different TRVs to different optimum temperatures in each room of you home.
When shopping for TRVs, make sure you find out what size your pipe work as the valves come in three different sizes - 8mm, 10mm or 15mm. To find Plumb Arena's range of TRV’s click here .
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