When purchasing a designer, standard, or cast iron radiator, you will require radiator valves for the installation. Without the radiator valves, you will not be able to install the radiator. There are three options regarding the choice of radiator valve. The choices of size, angled versus straight valves, and thermostatic or manual are to be determined before you go out and buy a radiator valve.
The size of the radiator valves is determined by the size of the radiator connections and the pipes supplying the radiator. Radiator valves can be purchased separately but if a radiator is being fitted, it makes sense to buy a matching pair as two valves are used on a radiator. A wheel head valve, which is the one for turning the radiator on or off, and a lock shield valve for adjusting the water flow through the radiator to balance the system. A thermostatic valve can be used instead of a wheel head valve.
The choice is now whether angled or straight valves are needed. In the picture above, the pipes go directly from the valve into the wall behind the radiator. In this case, angled valves have been used. The head of the valves face forward and the valve body is screwed vertically into the radiator connection.
Thermostatic valves are intended to control the individual room temperature and save on energy bills. They are particularly useful if the room has another form of heat, such as a room facing south, which gets solar gain, a kitchen, which heats up when cooking, and perhaps a bathroom. However, in a bathroom if the radiator is used for warming towels then a manual valve is more appropriate. They are also useful if the radiator is oversized which can happen when additional insulation is added. The thermostatic valve regulates the flow of water through the radiator and hence reduces the radiator temperature as the room warms up. This saves on fuel bills.
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