Installing a radiator: What type do you need and where should it go?

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If you are looking at installing a radiator, it might be because your old system isn't efficient enough anymore or simply because it's time for an upgrade. Either way, there will come a time when your old radiators will have to go. But how do you go about deciding on what replaces them?

If you are considering what type of radiator will work well in your home, you need to weigh up whether to splash out on designer radiators or settle for something more functional and, therefore cheaper. You will also need to look at what size radiator you need to make sure it will pump out enough heat for the space.

In this guide, we answer all the questions you might have when installing a radiator to help you make the right decision. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.