Accessories for Radiators
Accessories for radiators are becoming increasingly common in house construction and home improvement. You may have chosen your radiators but have you chosen the most suitable accessories? Accessories to be considered are brackets, feet, valves and valve covers. These days radiators are not just functional but can be a design feature to enhance a room or be compatible with its surroundings and you want accessories that match them. So, whether it's the material, colour, shape or style, you can easily find accessories to match.
Feet and legs are becoming increasingly popular but must be compatible with the radiator and not all radiators will suit having them. However, sometimes feet are essential with some of the cast iron varieties, to bear the extra weight, even so they can be stylish and functional to match the designs. Feet sit under the radiator to either support it or as a decorative addition or both; legs serve a similar function but usually travel up the lower part of the radiator but as with the feet, can be functional, decorative or both. These accessories feature several types of materials and styles, in fact there's probably a greater range of accessories than radiators. Contemporary, traditional, Victorian or even Gothic styles are available but obviously there is a price to pay for the more exclusive styles.
Radiators are usually supplied with universal fixing brackets but if you're looking for a more stylish bracket, they are also available, in various matching styles, materials and colours.
Heating elements are a relatively new concept and is used with heated towel rails in bathrooms or en-suites. Heating elements can be used where there isn't a central heating supply and are inserted into the radiator or towel rail and are connected electrically to give a normal functioning radiator but without being connected to the rest of the system or be placed in several rooms if there isn't central heating installed.
Heating elements come in various wattages ranging from 100 watts up to 1000 watts and are typically priced at under £100. Most are thermostatically controlled which makes them a useful and economic alternative to full central heating or where the central heating doesn't reach. As with other accessories different materials are available to match the radiator or towel rail but they must be installed by a qualified electrician.
Who'll Install It?
If you're planning on paying a professional to install your new accessory for your radiator, you don't need to worry about this part. But if you're handy around the home and want to have a go yourself, a simpler valve or radiator feed with easy-to-follow instructions will probably be your best bet.