Every heater requires a radiator valve. This is what you use to turn the radiator on and off in a standard (manual) system and is the technology that allows you to change the heating temperature in the case of a thermostatic valve (known as a TVR). As well as having a practical aspect, radiator valves – like the radiators themselves – can help add that important decorative touch to your bathroom. That’s because, these days it’s possible to buy valves designed to complement particular radiators.
Different styles, sizes and colours of radiator valves
Radiator valves are available in straight or angled versions and in different types of chrome such as polished, brushed and mirrored, as well as stainless steel in its various decorative forms. You’ll also find them in matt or gloss colours.
Straight radiator valves – which are the most popular - sit at a 180 degrees angle to the radiator or heated towel rail, while the angled valves sit at right angles (90 degrees). The latter are more uncommon and would only really be used if valve inlets were at the back of the radiator and near the bottom.
Of the two valves the TVR is the most energy efficient and will save money when it comes to your energy bills since it switches itself off once the correct temperature is arrived at.
What happens if a radiator valve becomes worn?
In the event a radiator valve starts leaking you’ll soon know about it as you’ll start losing heat in the room and be left with a big puddle beneath the valve in question – so it’s important to replace it as quickly as possible.
At Bathroom Supastore we have a range of high quality radiator valves in different sizes and styles by leading bathroom suppliers such as Hudson Reed and Ultra.