When the mercury in your thermometer starts dropping, you know you need to start thinking about heating options. Keeping your house warm during the winter can be difficult and expensive. Central heating is one of the most effective ways to heat the whole house, but you are pretty much out of luck if you don’t want to heat your entire house. What if you want to heat a single room? For heating a small space, a space heater is likely your best option. However, space heaters possess drawbacks, too.
A space heater takes up, well, space. They sit on the floor or on top of furniture and radiate heat in one direction; some models radiate heat in multiple directions. Electric models accomplish this by heating up metal coils. However, these are a pretty significant fire hazard, especially if the heater is freestanding. If someone knocks it over or drops something flammable on it, such as a towel or shirt, you could accidentally start a fire. Your best bet is a permanently-mounted radiator, but you need one that is going to be out of your way. After all, taking up space is one of the biggest problems with any radiator or heater.
Vertical radiators provide localised heat to one room, while taking up very little space in your home. Since they are aligned vertically instead of horizontally, they do not take up precious floor space.
The heaters also tend to have a greater surface area than some that are oriented horizontally. The greater surface area of the heater means that more heat is output, and the room warms up faster. Also, these taller heaters that stretch up from the floor do a better job of warming your entire body. A space heater or a horizontal radiator is going to heat your ankles first, and the heat has to rise up to your upper body. By the time it travels upwards, the air has likely cooled down, creating striated bands of different temperatures throughout the room.
In addition to heating your entire body, a vertical radiator is likely to be a money-saver. Whether in a house or a flat, heating the entire building can be expensive and wasteful. If no one is in a room, why would you bother conditioning it to be comfortable? With a radiator, you can pick which rooms are heated and which aren’t. This will save you money on gas and electricity expenses.
Another good way to save money is to reduce heat loss. In technical terms, the places where heat is lost most easily are called thermal bridges; these bridges allow heat to travel from one place to another. When you are trying to keep heat in your flat, thermal bridges can prevent the heat from staying. Windows are very effective thermal bridges and they can allow the heat to escape.
You can reduce heat loss with curtains over windows, rugs on hardwood floors, and positioning your radiator away from thermal bridges.
Keeping your house warm during the winter can seem like it has to be expensive, but it doesn’t. Buying an upright radiator and reducing thermal bridging can work wonders in your house.