Whether you require Tips and Advice about radiators, plate heat exchangers or heating systems in general AEL have the technical expertise to provide guidance on your system design and which products are best suited to your application.
Should you not find the answer to your problem in our “Tips and Advice” articles and require any help feel free to contact our technical sales office.
Delivery Terms & Conditions
- AEL will contact you during the next working day to discuss a convenient delivery date of your order.
- Orders delivered by road transport are delivered to the nearest convenient hard standing position and the consignee is responsible for offloading.
- Standard delivery is between 9am and 5pm on weekdays only, prices for timed deliveries and weekend deliveries can be provided by our sales office upon request.
- Please note that missed deliveries can be rescheduled and are chargeable.
- We're open 9am to 5pm weekdays with Saturday collections possible by prior arrangement.
- Please note that Cast Iron Radiators are heavy so we advise that you double check the weight of your order and the maximum weight your vehicle can carry as AEL can accept no responsibility for the suitability of your vehicle.
What To Consider When Buying a Rad or Valve
The decision of whether to install Steel, Aluminium or Cast Iron radiators in a new build or renovation project is often the last consideration and sometimes only addressed properly when the project is nearing an end.
If not considered at the right time, the style and dimensions of a radiator for a room can have a time consuming and costly effect on the installation of other fixtures and fittings, so good planning is definitely the key.
CONSIDER THE HEAT OUTPUT REQUIRED FOR YOUR ROOM
To avoid disappointment and extra cost it is important that you make a proper heat loss calculation on the heat output required for your room and not just try to fill a gap on a wall.
There are a few ways to determine the heat required for your room but the most simple way is to use a heat loss calculator that just requires some basic room dimensions to be entered. The heat output calculation is provided in BTUs (British Thermal Units) or Watts which is standard for the UK industry.
CONSIDER THE CHOICES OF MATERIAL AND STYLE
There are many fantastic looking radiator styles and finishes on the market that are great looking alternatives to the white cheap steel panel radiators being stacked high and sold cheap through the plumber's merchants across the UK.
Aluminium Radiators: Modern style and the most efficient radiators on the market
Cast Iron Radiators: Traditional style and still efficient through heat retention and convection.
Steel Radiators: Can be modern or traditional depending on the manufactured style. Efficiency will also depend on how the radiator is built.
Radiator Valves: Available in many colour finishes and modern or traditional styles.
QUALITY - CONSIDER THE COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURE
AEL would always recommend that only radiators manufactured to European Standard EN442 are installed in any installation as cheap copies of quality radiators are being sold in the UK.
It is worth asking any radiator distributor to confirm if a radiator is cast in Europe rather than just "built" or "assembled" in the UK as this is the usual explanation provided by distributers who are pushing very cheap and poor quality radiators and valves imported from China and India into the UK.
CONSIDER CHOOSING THE RIGHT VALVES FOR YOUR ROOM
Quality radiator valves will make all the difference to the overall look of your radiators, but choosing the right valve set will also effect the functionality and the heat output of the radiator affecting your energy bills.
Manual valves are adjusted by hand and allow a constant flow of water into the radiator, whereas a Thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) has a built-in thermostat, allowing the valve to open and close to the exact temperature required in your room.
CONSIDER WHEN AND WHERE TO INSTALL YOUR RADIATORS
Plan where you will put your radiators at the same time you plan the location and space for units, sockets, switches and furniture.
- Do not install radiators behind furniture as they will reduce the radiator's ability to provide sufficient heat for the room.
- Larger rooms would be best served with more than one radiator to evenly distribute heat across the room.
- Radiators that are located under windows look better if they are of similar width to the window frame to give a more balanced look to the room.