Many people overlook traditional radiators as they mistakenly believe that they are less efficient than modern radiators. However this could be a big mistake as traditional radiators are actually very economic and can heat homes quickly and efficiently.

Traditional radiators are also very attractive and can offer a special touch of classic period charm to any interiors.

Sourcing Traditional Radiators

Traditional radiators have started to see a surge in popularity in recent years as more people become aware of their advantages. Several companies in the UK are now manufacturing and selling replica cast iron radiators. These are made using a combination of traditional techniques and modern methods. This means you will be able to order brand new traditional radiators to your specific designs that will come ready to install straight away.

If you are interested in antiques and want to source authentic traditional radiators then you can also find reclaimed original radiators. These are available from specialist reclamation yards and dealers. Some of these come with fascinating histories and many are sourced from historic properties or prominent public buildings such as hospitals, airports and fire stations that are being upgraded.

When buying antique and vintage traditional radiators you do need to make sure they are in full working order and have been properly tested before you install them into your heating system.

Choosing the Right Designs

When you are choosing traditional radiators for your home you do need to consider the follow factors:

- Cost - traditional radiators can range in price so you will need to shop around to find the best deals. Although buying a brand new set of replica radiators can be expensive you will have the security of a manufacturers warrantee. This means all the radiators will have been fully tested and will be in full working order. If there are any problems then the warrantee will cover replacements. You may find used traditional radiators that are much cheaper but you will not have the protection of a warrantee in case there are any problems.

- Space – cast iron radiators can be bulkier than modern radiators. You will need to measure the space you have available and make sure you chose traditional radiators that fit in properly. You don’t want radiators that will intrude into your rooms or cause obstructions.

- Heat Output – as with any heating system you will need to check you are buying the appropriate traditional radiators for your rooms. They will need to be the right size to provide efficient heat output in your home. You can use radiator calculators to work out heat output yourself or get further guidance from a professional heating engineer or plumber.

- Installation – it is a good idea to use a specialist installation service when fitting traditional radiators. This will ensure the radiators are installed properly to your existing heating system.

Author's Bio: 

Traditional radiators are a great choice for both older properties and modern homes. Traditional radiators are efficient and aesthetically pleasing and there are many affordable options now available.