Are radiators under windows a good idea or a waste of heat?

painted column radiator under window in living room
(Image credit: The Radiator Company)

Radiators under windows — just what are they doing there and why are they so common? Here, we take a look at why beneath the window was such a popular spot to mount radiators and ask the experts out there whether this is still such a good idea.

These days there are so many types of radiator out there to choose from, meaning there are designs for all kinds of homes and spaces, including those created with small rooms in mind and for awkward spots too. What this means is that we are not so limited as to where to place radiators these days. 

Natasha Brinsmead

Natasha is Homebuilding & Renovating’s Associate Content Editor and has been a member of the team for over two decades. An experienced journalist and renovation expert, she has written for a number of homes titles. Over the years Natasha has renovated and carried out a side extension to a Victorian terrace. She is currently living in the rural Edwardian cottage she renovated and extended on a largely DIY basis, living on site for the duration of the project. She is now looking for her next project — something which is proving far harder than she thought it would be.