Corner, straight, or angled radiator valves - which one should I choose?
Following on from our guide to the types of radiator valves that covers the differences between, thermostatic, manual, and smart valves, we now take a look at the different valve fittings available - straight, angled, and corner.
As we know, a radiator valve is a crucial component in a heating system, particularly in hydronic or central heating systems. Its primary function is to control the flow of hot water into the radiator, thereby regulating the amount of heat emitted into a room. Radiator valves are essential for maintaining a comfortable and energy-efficient indoor temperature as they allow for zone heating, enabling you to heat different areas or rooms of a building independently. This helps save energy by only heating occupied spaces.
Radiator valves can be fitted using several valve fittings. Which type of fitting you choose will be dependent on the configuration of your radiator and the location of the pipes. Your choice will be between straight, angled, or corner valves to ensure a proper fit. Here is a breakdown of the different types of valve fittings, along with examples of where and why you would need them:
Other considerations when choosing radiator valves
Aside from the appropriate fitting, other things you will need to consider when choosing a radiator valve for your heating system to ensure it functions properly and meets your specific needs include:
Valves come in various sizes, typically specified in millimetres (e.g. 10mm, 15mm, 22mm). The size of the valve should match the size of the pipes in your heating system. Mismatched sizes can lead to leaks and reduced efficiency.
Valves are available in different materials, with brass and chrome being common options. Brass valves are durable and resistant to corrosion, making them suitable for long-term use. Chrome valves have an aesthetic advantage and are easy to clean but may be less durable.
Consider whether you want a basic manual valve or a thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) with a built-in thermostat for temperature control. TRVs can help you achieve better energy efficiency by automatically adjusting the heat output based on the desired room temperature.
Ensure that the valve fitting matches the type of pipe connection in your heating system. Valves typically have either compression fittings or threaded fittings. Make sure they are compatible with your existing pipework.
Set a budget for your valve fitting. While it's important to invest in quality valves to prevent leaks and ensure long-term reliability, there are various price points and brands available, so consider your budget constraints.
If aesthetics are important to you, consider the design and finish of the valve. Chrome or decorative finishes may be preferred for visible installations in living spaces.
Ease of maintenance
Some valves are designed for easy maintenance and servicing, which can be important for long-term functionality. Check if the valve allows for straightforward disassembly and cleaning.
Local regulations and codes
Ensure that the valve you choose complies with local building codes and regulations related to heating systems and plumbing. Local requirements may dictate specific valve types or materials.
Manufacturer and warranty
Choose valves from reputable manufacturers with a history of quality products. Check for warranties, as they can provide peace of mind regarding the durability and reliability of the valve.
Compatibility with radiator
Ensure that the chosen valve is compatible with your specific radiator model. Some radiators may have unique requirements for valve fittings, so consult the radiator manufacturer's recommendations if needed.
Consider whether you'll be installing the valves yourself or hiring a professional. If you're not experienced with plumbing, it’s best to seek expert installation to avoid potential issues.
In summary, radiator valves play a vital role in controlling the heat output of radiators in a heating system. The choice between straight, angled, or corner valves depends on the specific installation requirements, space constraints, and the positioning of the radiator in relation to the pipes and room layout.
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