There are different types of radiator valves available for each of our products, so it’s a good idea to consider what type of valve you want for your heating solution. Each one has its benefits, whether it’s cost, energy efficiency, or improved aesthetics, so it’s easy enough to find a product that meets your preferences.
Manual Radiator Valves
A manual radiator valve is the most affordable option available. It comes with a simple on and off function to maintain a steady temperature in each radiator. They couldn’t be easier to use – turn it on or off to allow the radiator to heat up.
However, this simplicity does mean there is much less control over the radiator temperature. Because this type of valve only provides the radiator with a constant temperature and waterflow, you cannot lower or increase the temperature output from each radiator, so there is a chance of energy wastage.
These valves are therefore best suited for rooms where there is a thermostat, as this helps to regulate the temperature more efficiently, with the heating turning off before any excess heat is wasted.
Manual valves tend to be used on towel rails as they are used to purely heat towel and not a room.
Thermotactic Radiator Valves
Known as TRV, thermostatic radiator valves offer more control over heating output thanks to a sensing head. This sensor features wax or liquid that can help regulate the heat output on each radiator, increasing or lowering the waterflow depending on the setting you choose.
As a result, TRV is much more energy efficient, as you can control the temperature output of every radiator. This means you can adjust the heating to suit your home. For instance, you might have the output higher in the living room radiator and a lower setting for a spare room or bedroom that isn’t in use.
One thing to remember is that a TRV may not work too well in rooms with the thermostat, as the temperature readings often come into conflict with each other, meaning the heating stays on for too long or short a time depending on the settings. Keep on top of the settings and you should be fine though!
Angled, Corner and Straight Valves
Not only do we have several types of radiator valves we also have various orientations to choose from. It’s important to identify whether you need straight angled or corner valves, as things like pipework and radiator placement will determine the orientation of the valve needed.
For example, if pipes are attached from the floor to inlets on the bottom of the radiator then a straight valve is needed. It’s generally less common here in the UK although certain properties may require this type of valve.
Angled radiators remain the most used in the UK. They are versatile, being suitable for pipes from the floor or wall, connecting to radiator inlets via the side.
The corner orientation is generally when your pipes are coming out of the wall
Sensing heads can also have different orientations, with both bottom vertical and horizontal heads available.
If you need some help on choosing which valves you might need then please feel free to call us at the showroom on 01473 828 914