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If you are looking for ways to make your home warmer but don’t want the hassle of installing expensive central heating systems, slimline radiators are an ideal solution.
They are fitted with small water jackets, which are mostly used in modern buildings that need special care for insulation. Conventional hot-water pipework is replaced by pipes placed inside the wall cavities, formed into the required shapes before being plastered.
Slimline radiators have become popular because they can be installed in existing buildings without replacing their interior walls – which keeps costs down.
What are slimline radiators?
Slimline radiators are much sleeker than traditional models and are much thinner, usually around 8mm in-depth, the same as a standard ceiling. They are pretty different in appearance from conventional radiators but give off just as much heat.
Why do they work so well?
They are best suited to new-builds and refurbishments as they can be installed easily but cannot be fitted onto traditional radiators as the water pipes need to be placed inside the wall cavity. Slimline radiators come in a range of sizes and different outputs depending on the size of the room.
You may need to contact a qualified plumber when installing these types of radiators, but they are not difficult to install once you get the idea. However, there is no set method for installation, and different plumbers prefer different methods – so do your research before getting in touch with one.
How do slimline radiators work?
Slimline radiators are generally used in properties with cavity walls or double-skin facades. The outer skin contains water pipes connected to the slimline radiators, which heats them and disperses the heat into the building.
Many modern homes have been built with special care for insulation, which means installing slimline radiators in these homes is very easy. The walls are filled with a unique insulating material allowing the heat to reach all room areas evenly.
This can present a problem for older properties that don’t have cavity walls due to the difficulty of getting hot water into an outer wall for the slimline radiators to heat. These properties will generally need a new heating system, such as a boiler or night storage heater set up in the loft space linked to the existing hot water supply and then into the wall cavity via radiator valves.
Why should you choose slimline radiators?
The benefits of slimline radiators are that they are cheap to run and easy to maintain. In addition, they can be fitted in minutes, meaning you do not need expensive tradespeople to fit them for you – which will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Slimline radiators come in a range of colours and finishes if you have an existing radiator that looks tired. You can replace it relatively easily. They do not come with a radiator valve as they are fed by pipework already fitted into your cavity wall. Still, you can purchase a separate valve to regulate the temperature in the room.
If you want to avoid hefty bills from an engineer who may need to re-route the existing piping needed for slimline radiators, you can always install them yourself. However, there is no set installation method, and different plumbers prefer different methods – so do your research before getting in touch with one.
What are the benefits of slimline radiators?
Slimline radiators have several benefits that make them a popular choice for many homeowners:
1) They are suitable for the environment: slimline radiators can help you reduce your carbon footprint and make a difference to the future of our planet.
2) They save money: they cost much less to run than other heating systems, such as under-floor heating, which is expensive to install and maintain.
3) They’re easy to fit: slimline radiators are quick and easy to install in any room, taking less than half an hour in some cases. This makes them a great option if you’re planning on decorating or furnishing the room simultaneously.
4) They have several finishes: slimline radiators are available in a range of colours that can complement the decor of any room.
5) They’re easy to maintain: slimline radiators are simple to clean and maintain, which is good news for anyone short on time or budget.
6) They come in a range of different sizes: slimline radiators are available in several different sizes so you can choose what’s best for your room.
How much do slimline radiators cost?
The total price of a slimline radiator is made up of two parts: the physical radiator itself and any fittings that are needed, such as valves or special features that help control the heat in the room.
You can purchase new slimline radiators on their own or as part of a package with fittings for between £20-£160, depending on the size and finish that you choose.
Can you install slimline radiators on your own?
Slimline radiators are quick and easy to install, taking less than half an hour in most cases. As a result, many homeowners choose to replace their existing units with slimline radiators as they are quick and easy to fit.
However, if you find that your house has a solid outer wall or any other problems that don’t require an engineer, you can always attempt to fit them on your own. Of course, you will need some basic DIY skills and tools, but it’s certainly not a job for the faint-hearted.