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Radiator reflectors and boosters can keep you warmer

Posted by NicoleYouGen on 5 April 2013 at 4:21 pm

More efficient heating doesn’t always have to come with a big investment, as these two simple devices for your radiators show. 

Radiator reflectors* work by reflecting the heat emitted from the back side of the radiator toward the wall back into the room. Depending on your circumstances, reflectors can save up to 45% of heat lost through the wall. As our energy expert Tim Pullen explained in a previous blog, radiator reflectors will be most helpful if your home is not well insulated, and will make the biggest impact on older, single panel radiators. But as they don’t cost much and are simple to install, they’ll probably be a benefit to most homes.

Radiator boosters* work by taking up lost heat from behind your radiator and circulating it with a small fan. Which? tested a radiator booster and found it heated the room more quickly and using less energy – though they noted the soft noise from the fan. 

Win radiator reflectors, a radiator booster and more

Radiator reflectors and a radiator booster are just two of the energy saving devices you can win in our energy saving photo competition. Also included in the prize are:  a Black and Decker thermal leak detector*, an eco-pulse showerhead*, and an Ecoflap.  But hurry, the competition ends on 8 April. Click here to enter on Facebook. Click here to find out more about the competition.

More information about getting more from your radiators from YouGen

Introduction to heating and hot water 

Heating controls often aren’t used effectively 

7 easy wins to improve the energy efficiency of your home 

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If you have a question about anything in the above blog, please ask it in the comments section below.

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NicoleYouGenComment left on: 6 April 2013 at 12:31 pm

Thank you for that Linn, both the clarification about heat loss and the extra tips!

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Linn Rafferty from JTec Energy PerformanceComment left on: 6 April 2013 at 10:30 am

"depending on your circumstances, reflectors can save up to 45% of heat lost through the wall." I think that one needs clarifying! it's not wrong, but it would be more acurate to say that they can can save up to 45% of heat lost through the bit of the wall that the radiator covers, which isn't quite the same thing.

As the small part of the wall hidden behind the radiator is small compared to the overal wall area, you can see that this is actually quite a small saving.

All the same, it's worth doing as it's low cost, especially if you get it for free in a competition, so get snapping!  You have till April 8th!

Whether you enter or not, remember that radiators need a free flow of air to allow the heat to circulate, so here are some don'ts...

don't allow curtains to hang in front of the radiator

don't tuck them behind the radiator either - they should hang a few inches above the radiator

don't block radiators with heavy furniture pushed up against them

Good luck with the competition.


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