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Radiator Valves Explained

Radiator valves comes in a variety of different types, designs and even finishes. The main function of a radiator valve is to give control over each individual radiators heating output, so users can have a little more control over each rooms temperature. When it comes to radiator valves there are plenty of different types to choose from, many factors including the heating system setup and personal preferences, will impact which radiator valve should be used. At Direct Heating Supplies we have taken the time to help you make a more fully informed choice on your purchase, and you can find Radiator Valves explained below.

Manual Radiator Valves
Manual valves are the oldest and simplest of valve options to choose from. Users can control the flow of hot water using the twist dial on the top. By opening the valve, the flow of hot water around the radiator will be increased, creating a higher heat output. Due to the nature of manual radiator valves they tend to be much smaller in size compared to other valve options, making them perfect for those seeking a minimalistic and simple valve solution. To find the right manual radiator valve for your home just follow the link and browse our great range

A thermostatic radiator valve also commonly known as a TRV, allows home owners to have full control of the temperature of each room. When the room temperature changes, a capsule in the valve contracts or expands. This moves a pin in the valve body causing it either to open or close. If the temperature increases expansion of the capsule will cause the pin to close the valve, this will slow the movement of hot water around the radiator. Likewise, if the rooms temperature decreases the capsule will contract and the valve head will pull the pin out, allowing hot water to enter the radiator once more.

Newer and more modern TRV models contain battery-controlled thermostats which constantly monitor the temperature of the room. This enables home homeowners to choose the temperature of each room, allowing bedrooms or less frequently used rooms to be heated at a lower temperature.

Angled VS Straight Radiator Valves
A straight radiator valve passes the central heating water along a straight path, from the central heating pipe work and in to the radiator. Whereas an angled radiator valve incorporates a 90-degree bend to achieve an up or down and across flow of hot water.

Whether you need an angled or straight radiator valve will depend on the locations of the valve inlets on your radiator and where your heating supply flow and return pipes are being positioned.

Lockshied Valves
A lockshield radiator valve is used to control the flow of hot water out of the radiator and back in to the heating system pipe work. This allows a plumber to evenly distribute hot water around the heating system, so each radiator heats up at the same time - this is also commonly known as balancing the radiators. Most lockshield valves are usually covered with a plastic cap to prevent them from being knocked and accidently adjusted. Follow the link to find the right lockshield to suite your rooms décor and needs.

If your still not quite sure on what radiator valve is best for your heating system, a qualified plumber will be able to give you more information on what radiator valve will help you get the most from your heating system. Follow the link to browse our full range of radiator valves so you can get your radiator installation well underway.