As the nights start to draw in, now is the time to think about how you can ensure your home stays cosy and inviting this winter. With advances in modern heating, cold and draughty rooms can be a thing of the past, which is great news for anyone bracing themselves for the chillier months.
Whether you’re considering renovating a period property or simply looking to update a more modern home, there are a number of reasons why choosing to install cast iron radiators might be a great investment. As well as improving the warmth of your home on a day to day basis, choosing your cast iron radiators wisely may even add value to your home should you choose to sell at a later date, as they are both stylish and durable.
So what are the main benefits to choosing cast iron radiators this winter?
The prospect of reducing household bills can be a big incentive to upgrade your heating system. Cast iron radiators are constructed with much thicker walls than conventional steel or aluminium panel radiators, meaning that once heated, they retain their temperature for longer. They will remain warm even once the heating system has been switched off, which could reduce the overall pressure on your heating system over time.
Finding the best layout for a room can often be hindered by the position of the radiators. If furniture, like beds or bookshelves, is placed in front of the panels, the overall heat efficiency of the radiator is reduced. The heat generated is prevented from rising into the room by the obstruction. The construction of a cast iron radiator is generally much thicker than the steel or aluminium equivalent. This means that for the same heat output, a much smaller area of wall space is needed to accommodate a cast iron radiator, which allows much greater flexibility when deciding on the location of your radiators within a room.
Recent years have seen a resurgence in demand for cast iron radiators, with many homeowners seeking to add a touch of individual style to a room. Rather than being a purely functional addition to a room, a cast iron radiator can become a focal point in itself. The appeal for period homeowners is obvious, providing a tie to the history and heritage of a building. However, cast iron radiators are increasingly becoming the first choice for stylish interior design in all kinds of modern buildings too, due to their versatility and quality appearance.
Along with an increase in demand, recent years have seen manufacturers of cast iron radiators offering an even wider choice of shapes, colours, styles and finishes. By speaking directly to your supplier, it is possible to customise many aspects of your cast iron radiator to suit your home perfectly. Many companies offer custom colour combinations, which can make a bold design statement for any room in the house. Couple this with a huge range of styling options from the classic to the ornate, and there’s certain to be a cast iron radiator to suit your needs.
Cast iron radiators are extremely hard wearing and can provide a low-maintenance heating solution for any household. Make sure your radiator is fitted by a trained engineer, as ensuring correct installation is key to it functioning properly for as long as possible. A few small steps to keep the radiator looking as smart as the day it was installed can ensure problem-free heating for many years. Highly polished finishes will benefit from oiling with a soft, dry cloth just once every few months, along with keeping the radiator dust free during a normal household cleaning routine.
With a cast iron radiator to suit all budgets, why not choose one to heat your home this winter?