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Foil behind radiators?
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wilroda
Old 26-10-2006, 4:27 PM
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Can anyone tell me if putting foil behind the radiators really does make a difference to the heating and costs?.....am seriously thinking of giving it a go this winter - when we eventually have to put the heating on that is!!
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Old 26-10-2006, 4:28 PM
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yeah I would be interested in that answer too..and so you selloptape it on, or does wall paper paste work?!

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Old 26-10-2006, 4:34 PM
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it will definitely save energy.

i think normal radiators give approx 30% radiative and 70% convective heat. half the radiator faces the wall so i guess there must be around 10-15% potential gain in efficiency to be had.
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Old 26-10-2006, 4:44 PM
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Do you find the value foil works, or should I go for Bacofoil 'Turkey' foil?
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Old 26-10-2006, 4:47 PM
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i would say turkey foil is best. then you might want to fill your loft with sage and onion stuffing for additional insulation.
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Old 26-10-2006, 6:26 PM
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All the energy-saving advice reckons it works. Wrap it round pieces of cardboard cut to the right size to make it easier to fit. Otherwise, DIY shops sell rolls of foam with a reflective coating - I think my one cost about £8 from Wickes and did all my radiators with spare left over.
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Old 26-10-2006, 10:05 PM
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This question had quite a few replies when posed by Jolaaled

One estimate said that foil behind 6 radiator panels saves 8 annually

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If you go to a builders merchant you can buy the foam backed foil made for the job. It is easier to paste to the wall than foil itself.
I used to be indecisive but now I am not sure.
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Old 27-10-2006, 10:01 AM
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brilliant!
if a roll cost £8, and it'll save you about £8 p.a...it pays for itself in a year!

thanks all
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Old 27-10-2006, 10:07 AM
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brilliant!
if a roll cost £8, and it'll save you about £8 p.a...it pays for itself in a year!

thanks all
And looks great as well! I think I'll go the extra step and decorate my entire house in foil.
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And looks great as well! I think I'll go the extra step and decorate my entire house in foil.
To get your mobile to work, you'll have to stand by a window then !
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Old 15-11-2010, 7:46 PM
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HI everybody,
I know this thread is a tad old but the theme isn't.
I have some spare wooden floor underlay (Timbermate Excel Silver) and I have put it behind my radiators.
ANd then I had a thought - are silver/foil-backed underlays good for putting behind the radiators ? And are they safe ? (i.e. they won't catch fire due to the heat radiating from the radiators.

Any experts out there ?
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I doubt it would even get warm - touch it and see. I bet you could put a piece on top of the radiator with no ill effects anyway.
HTH, Brian.
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Old 16-11-2010, 10:35 PM
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Toolstation sell similar stuff to Wickes at 4.79 for 4mx0.47m packs delivered free over 10. Wickes now cost 17.99 for 8mx0.6m packs. I am about to fit foil when I remove and replace some radiators.
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