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Review: Reclaim your home’s heat and save money with Radflek Radiator Reflectors

November 13 Author: admin

warm homes, lower energy bills

As forecasters predict a chiller than average Winter and energy prices continue to rise, it has never been a more crucial time for us to get to grips with keeping heat in our homes and the costs down.

Unfortunately, due to the number of aging properties that we have in the UK, many of our homes are not great at retaining heat and subsequently we end up paying for heat that escapes into the streets.

With up to 25% heat loss through loft/roof space and up to 33% heat loss through uninsulated walls, home insulation is a must if we want to make a substantial difference (up to £120 each year can be saved on a typical home’s fuel bill).

But what if you live in a rented property and are unable to implement these larger scale energy efficient measures? What can you do to make a significant saving on your energy bills and keep snug in winter?

One simple, low cost way to reduce heat escaping through your walls is to install radiator reflector panels, like Radflek. Made using a specially laminated aluminium foil, Radflek radiator reflectors are designed to fit behind your radiators and reflect heat that would normally be wasted on heating the wall.

With radiators typically directing up to 40% of their heat the wrong way, Radflek Radiator Reflectors reflect 95% of this heat back into the room, allowing you to turn the thermostat down and save on your bills without comprising on comfort.

Radflek kindly sent some for me to review and here’s what I found:

• Easy to install?

Very easy, it only took me a matter of minutes to measure, cut, fold and position in place my first radiator reflector.

Installing Radflek radiator reflectors - reviewInstalling Radflek radiator reflectors - review

• Quality

The aluminium membrane/sheets appear tough and durable, they are easy to cut with scissors, yet cannot be torn by hand. Radflek state their panels are made from a ‘seven layer laminated aluminium membrane’ which is coated in a unique high reflectivity coating with a certified lifetime of at least 60 years. Which means, unlike kitchen foil, it will not oxidize over time.

One comment I would make about the product is that ‘clips’ which are used as supports, look very much like document binders. Does this matter? Well not really, they are easy to use and do the job, the only reason I mention it is because I expected something more high tech. Perhaps that says more about me, than the product!

• Value for money

Relatively inexpensive, Radflek come in four size packs:

6 radiator pack: £15.99
10 radiator pack: £24.99
10+ radiator pack: £27.99
20 radiator pack: £44.99

Of course, as I’ve only just installed mine, I cannot comment at this stage if they’ve saved me money. However, with the BRE (British Research Establishment) reporting that a sheet of Radflek will save up to 83kWH of energy per annum, it is estimated that a 20 radiator pack would give an approximate annual saving of £40. Meaning they will have paid for themselves in just over one year.

• Where can I get Radflek from?

Radflek are available online through their own shop, www.radflek.com. In addition, they are also available through Amazon where they regularly one of the top 10 best-selling DIY products.

Radflek is also approved for use in Ofgem’s Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) scheme and is the exclusive radiator reflector partner for British Gas in its CERT programme*. (Open to anyone, the CERT programme ends on 31 December 2012, to apply call 0800 084 3863 before 30th November 2012).

(*when British Gas advises customers about energy efficiency as part of its commitment to CERT, Radflek is the only radiator reflector that it recommends.)

So it’s not part of the free current insulation deal –it’s merely an accreditation for Radflek.

Radflek radiator panels are also an Energy Saving Trust recommended product.

• Would I recommend them?

Yes, I would. They are low cost, easy to install and have been proven to save energy, particularly when used in external uninsulated walls (Radflek has been tested by the BBA -British Board of Agrément). They are also discreet, can be easily cleaned and can be taken with you, should you re-locate.

Thermal image of heat saved by Radflek radiator panels

• Want to win some?

Radflek have kindly offered 4 prizes of their 6 radiator reflector packs to giveaway. For your chance of winning one, simply complete the Rafflecopter box.

Good luck!

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82 Responses to “Review: Reclaim your home’s heat and save money with Radflek Radiator Reflectors”

  1. iain says:

    all over the house anything to save the heat

  2. claire woods says:

    Lounge

  3. Maya Russell says:

    We have a radiator in every room in the house – so I’d use it in every room.

  4. John Taggart says:

    Every room but mainly living room to make most used room in house warmer

  5. helen battle says:

    I would use them behind all my radiators

  6. Emma Dow says:

    Fantastic idea for saving the cash on winter heating bills… put it to a summer holiday instead of heating the walls!! :)

  7. kerry says:

    these would be great in hall way

  8. Irene says:

    I would love to put them on all six radiators in my flat, i’m really curious now.

    • admin says:

      I’m glad your curious Irene, that’s what Queen of Easy Green is all about, me sharing tips and reviewing products that can help us all live a little greener and save money.

  9. Pauline Simpson says:

    Im using foil at the moment but my living room could really do with it

  10. Isabel O'Brien says:

    All of the radiators, I want to be cosy in every room!

  11. Sue McCarthy says:

    In the lounge as it has a wooden floor so is draughty and upstairs in the bedrooms.

  12. Dianne says:

    We find it hard to keep the cosy off the kitchen warm (I blame the wooden door frames & windows). I would most certainly use them there, as my badly homemade tin foil version didn’t do much good last year!!!

    • admin says:

      Sounds like these are just what you need Dianne. I’m hoping to feature/review further energy saving products, including windows, soon so do stay tuned.

  13. Ashleigh says:

    my living room !

  14. Cat Thomas says:

    In the Sitting Room :-)

  15. Jim Kerr says:

    Got to go behind every radiator in every room.

  16. Kevin Honey says:

    The bedroom, I need to feel warm in the morning

  17. Lisa says:

    In every room as they all have radiators.

  18. Claire Smith says:

    Behind all the radiators in the coldest parts of the house

  19. Carol says:

    I would use these behind every radiator.

  20. alison says:

    in the bathrooms and bedrooms,

  21. elaine stokes says:

    our livingroom it just never heats up

  22. Jo welsh says:

    In the bedrooms

  23. Tracy Hanley says:

    In all rooms

  24. Susan Sargent says:

    I would use them in every room

  25. Hazel Rea says:

    I’d use them in every room – but I would start with the lounge as it’s the biggest room and takes a lot of heat to warm it up!

  26. peggy rossiter says:

    Every room in my house (especially the lounge), my mother in laws house and my sons and daughters houses! What a clever idea – especially to be able to take them with you should you move.

  27. fiona waterworth says:

    our lounge as we only have one radiator in an 18 foot room

  28. jessica agyin says:

    in my babies room. want her to be warm and cosy this winter

  29. Sara Hughes says:

    Anything to cut down on the heating bill!

  30. Chris Davies says:

    All over the house!

  31. Sharon Williams says:

    Mainly in the bedrooms and kitchen.

  32. Rachel Craig says:

    This is a great prize, I would love to win. I would use them behind each radiator – so as to reflect heat into each room. Ideal in the present economic climate, particularly with ever increasing fuel prices.

  33. Mary Bailey says:

    In my living room, hall, bedroom and bathroom – to make them all cosier -perhaps I could afford to turn the heating on for a bit longer then!

  34. Mark Finch says:

    I would love to reduce my heating bill

  35. Kelly Rendall says:

    Everywhere

  36. FARIDAH BROOKER says:

    Behind every radiator.

  37. Carolin says:

    Behind all radiators that sit on main walls facing outside..

  38. Lorraine/Squeaky Mom says:

    Living room & bedrooms.

  39. Helen says:

    In my front living room as it takes ages to get warm in there, and on any other radiators that don’t seem to be throwing out the heat too well

  40. Kelly Hanson says:

    In my front room as it is absolutely freezing in there in winter.

  41. Elizabeth says:

    I’d start with all the radiators on outside walls.

  42. Emma Howard says:

    Great idea, I’d start with all the radiators on outside walls

  43. Marion says:

    Behind every radiator in the house.

  44. Herbert Appleby says:

    Behind every radiator in the house

  45. Laura Pritchard says:

    Our sons bedroom, it is the only room with two outside walls & gets much colder.

  46. anna says:

    definitely in the living room, and anywhere possible in the house to keep it all warm

  47. Jane Morfett says:

    In the rooms we use the most

  48. Kathy Cakebread says:

    living room

  49. Anne says:

    kids bedrooms

  50. Eric says:

    Do you have a promotion code that if available on their website?

  51. Keith says:

    bedrooms in my old house

  52. Erica MONTGOMERY says:

    Bedroom – so cold upstairs!

  53. Simon Benson says:

    I would put them behind the radiators, and the savings under the matress

  54. Hele R says:

    All of my upstairs radiators are single radiators and don’t give out much heat so these would be particularly handy!

  55. Rachel Chico says:

    lounge and front bedroom

  56. Emma Thackery says:

    on all of my radiators except the bathroom one

  57. Beverley says:

    All over the house but especially in the lounge – the radiators there seem useless!

  58. Patricia Edwards says:

    Every room, there are rads in each room and these sound great

  59. Zeb says:

    behind all the radiators

  60. EMMA WALTERS says:

    radiators in the bedroom under the window

  61. sgough says:

    In the living room, especially in this weather

  62. Jan Holden says:

    What a great idea and so simple too and with the way fuel bills are going the cost should be easily recouped.

  63. Tom says:

    Behind as many radiators as possible

  64. Jo Taylor says:

    Bedrooms, sitting room and kitchen.

  65. tam p says:

    On all my radiators

  66. Amanda Goldston says:

    All round the house and particularly in the front of the house under my old sash windows

  67. sian hallewell says:

    the bedroom in the garage conversion is the coldest so that room would be top of the list

  68. Chevaune Taylor- Stanley says:

    The radiators that sit on the outside walls first and then work my way in…our house is freezing so we need all the help we can get!

  69. Marilyn Greenwood says:

    I would use them on every radiator in my home

  70. Gul says:

    Very clever invention – weather is REALLY cold, we could all do with this.

    Good luck all

  71. Angie says:

    in my bedroom it’s always chilly!

  72. Emma Wolski says:

    In our bedroom as it gets so cold without double glazing!

  73. Sam says:

    Behind all of my radiators, my dad has done this at my parents home and it does make a difference.

  74. Sharon McGuinness says:

    Would use them mostly in the living room as it can one of the coldest rooms as it is open plan with the dining room.

  75. Emma J Lowe says:

    i would put 2 in my hallway/landling, daughters bedroom because its a small radiator, downstairs toilet its like a fridge in there, our bedroom and living room

  76. Alex Brownlee says:

    I would use these behind the radiators in all of my rooms. Especially my bedroom and Lounge

  77. […] little while ago you may recall that Radflek got in touch to ask if I’d review their radiator reflectors. I have to say, not only was I impressed by the quality of the product, I was also pleasantly […]


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