The first advantage cited by the manufacturers and suppliers of vertical radiators is: Vertical radiators save space. Mathematically, that sounds illogical because it is well known that width times height is just as large as height times width. What is meant here, however, is the space in width that a vertical radiator saves.
A second advantage is that the vertical radiators fit perfectly in bathrooms, giving you heat as well as a convenient spot to dry and hold your towels. Many vertical radiators for the bathroom can now be found under the commercial designation “bathroom radiators”.
Vertical radiator types and model variants
The variety of vertical radiators that can be bought in stores is now similar to the variety of radiators for horizontal use, and every radiator manufacturer has corresponding models on offer.
While people like to make radiators disappear from view and sometimes even disguise them, many manufacturers and suppliers of vertical radiators also use them as a room design element.
Of course, the vertical radiator is mounted literally at eye level and has to offer something for the eye: And so you can find a whole range of designer pieces in stores. I particularly love the look of these vertical column radiators. Since you can buy radiators in all sorts of colours and surfaces (painted or powder-coated), there are hardly any limits to the way they can be integrated into your design concepts.
Designer Is Contemporary
Designer pieces often stand out with extremely smooth surfaces made of high-quality (stainless) sheet steel, which can be integrated particularly well into modern furnishings.
The vertical radiators have thus made a quantum leap: They advanced from being just a way to heat living spaces to something that is a design feature in its own right.
This is also reflected in the nomenclature of vertical radiators: they can now be found in the retail range as decorative radiators or living room radiators.
Vertical radiators are particularly advantageous in rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows. While you can gain glorious views and copious amounts of natural light from a wall of windows the lack of usable wall space can make heating the room tricky, especially if you also need wall space for things like power outlets, work surfaces or simply hanging space for art.
By making use of the height of the room a vertical radiator can provide you with heat for days when the sun isn’t shining while still leaving space for everything else you need.
Similarly, a vertical radiator is also an advantage in particularly narrow rooms, as it can also make full use of the room height and thus does better justice to the space than a conventional model.
In addition to the smaller space requirement a vertical radiator can skilfully break up the horizontal lines of sight in a room with a vertical element, drawing the eye up and making the room seem bigger than it actually is.
Ona similar note, vertical radiators can open up the room. This is especially true with very high ceilings where they can create a visually more spacious perception of space. As a result, many popular radiator styles of horizontal radiators are also designed as a vertical variant.
Warm Air Doesn’t Always Rise
Anyone who thinks that every conventional radiator is also suitable for being mounted vertically on the wall instead of horizontally as intended however, is wrong. This is quickly explained with this example:
The frequently used flat radiators made of heating plates and convection sheets provide a combination of radiant heat and convection heat, mainly rising from the space between the water-carrying plates, which flows from the folded convection sheets into vertical convection tubes.
If you turned such a radiator vertically, the convection shafts would no longer be arranged vertically but horizontally. The principle that warm air naturally rises might not work and the heating capacity of the radiator would be significantly reduced.
So instead of installing a radiator designed for horizontal use vertically ,making it less efficient, you should use special vertical radiators whose convection plates are folded to fit accordingly.
Making a statement with your radiator
While vertical radiators are becoming a more common site, they are almost exclusively attached firmly to the wall. The latest design trend is to showcase your beautifully designed radiator by having it perpendicular to the wall. It may sound unusual but it can be a stunning way to divide a room. Its unusual but google radiator as room divider and you will open a whole new world of interior design possibilities!
If you thought that radiators were boring I hope that the article has changed your mind. Now it is time to get out there and start planning how the possibilities of a vertical radiator could influence your own design choices.