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Although radiators can be easy to install, it can also be easy tog et aspects of the process wrong.

It is common knowledge that radiators can be easily installed by the homeowner. With the right tools and know how, it can be very easy indeed to install your own radiator. That being said, there are plenty of common mistakes which come with it, regardless of the simplicity of the design you’ve purchased. Whether it is a bespoke designer radiator or a simple convector radiator, there are plenty of easy ways to ensure that your radiator set up is correctly installed. Below are some of the easiest mistakes to make when setting up your radiator system.

Radiator positioning

Never think of your radiators position on the wall as something which is merely decorative. Whilst all good radiators complement the interior style of the room in which it has been installed, there is still the question of maximising efficiency to factor in as well. For instance, whilst your radiator may look great placed next to the desk in your room, consider the amount of hot air which could be cut off by obstacles in its radiating path. One great place to position your radiator is underneath an inefficient window which allows for warmer air to escape the room. Placing your radiator underneath an inefficient window can mean that the warm air is caught up with any cold air brought into the room through the window, therefore warming up what would otherwise be a draft.

Balancing your radiator incorrectly

This is especially important if you are installing not just one radiator, but a system of radiators into the home. Making sure all of the radiators are working in tandem and radiate as much heat as possible means you’ll have to correctly balance the system. Balancing a radiator focuses on the fact that in a central heating system, the further you get from the boiler, the less water pressure there will naturally be. Water must travel further and has been hotter for longer when you send it to the radiator which is furthest away from the boiler. This means that you must increase the water pressure the further you get from the central heating base. One common mistake is to add a new radiator to the system and not regulate the rest of the system post-installation. If a new unit has been installed, then you will have to integrate it and balance it in tandem with the rest of the system.

Radiator to room size miscalculations

Always make sure that your radiator fits the room or is at least in proportion with it. Whilst you can get a vague idea of the radiators efficiency by calculating the size of the room, this doesn’t factor in more powerful heating units such as the compact double convector radiator, which may look smaller, but still packs a punch.

Problematic piping

It can be easy to buy the wrong valve to go with your radiator. The type of valve you use, whether a corner or straight valve, will depend on the positioning of your radiator. If confused with the type of valve you need, then ask an expert in store or online.

Radiator (dis)orientation

Radiator orientation is a case by case situation. Whilst some can be positioned and orientated in any direction, others have mounted wall brackets and piping which requires them to be positioned in a specific direction. Make sure that you double check the orientation of your radiator before completing the installation process.