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Old 22-02-2005, 8:57 AM
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Default Radiator reflector panels - most effective

Does anyone know of a reasonably cheap place to buy good quality radiator reflector panels (the PVC ones coated in aluminium).

I haven't seen them in my local B&Q or Homebase.
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Old 22-02-2005, 10:12 AM
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You can actually make these yourself very cheaply.

You need a sheet of cardboard slightly smaller than the radiator, some of those polystyrene ceiling tiles and some tin foil.

I've made these very successfully in the past when we lived in a mobile home and all the heating was going straight through the wall. I might just make a few again and see if I can cut my currently high bills down a bit
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I got mine at screwfix.com and pretty cheap for a big roll done 5 radiators
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Old 22-02-2005, 11:46 AM
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You can actually make these yourself very cheaply.

You need a sheet of cardboard slightly smaller than the radiator, some of those polystyrene ceiling tiles and some tin foil.

I've made these very successfully in the past when we lived in a mobile home and all the heating was going straight through the wall. I might just make a few again and see if I can cut my currently high bills down a bit
Thanks, moggins!!! I shall get the kids to "help" make these (be a good chance to recap with them on energy saving too )
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Glad I could help, the turkey foil that we always have left over after christmas works best as it's wider and you have to remember to have the shiny side facing out
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The makeshift foil solution might work for a few days but will quickly loose its reflective properties. I have found a product that is better that all ones that are currently stocked in diy stores and according to its British Board of Agrement certificate it will last up to 60 years. I found it on a energy research site.
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Glad I could help, the turkey foil that we always have left over after christmas works best as it's wider and you have to remember to have the shiny side facing out
.........and when the radiator gets hot you get a wonderful smell of roasting turkey !
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Old 16-01-2009, 6:48 AM
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The makeshift foil solution might work for a few days but will quickly loose its reflective properties. I have found a product that is better that all ones that are currently stocked in diy stores and according to its British Board of Agrement certificate it will last up to 60 years. I found it on a energy research site.
Would it be possible for you to provide more info, I've tried to find the info myself but failed miserably. :confused: Any help would be great.
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Does anyone know of a reasonably cheap place to buy good quality radiator reflector panels (the PVC ones coated in aluminium).

I haven't seen them in my local B&Q or Homebase.
My Homebase sells them, they are in the plumbing aisle, also on the homebase website you find it under radiator accessories called reflectafoam.
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This thread smells not of Turkey but spam!

Slight gap of TWO years between posting and reply by Rokko :rolleyes:

Quote ... but will quickly loose its reflective ......... NO !


Save money , use the Turkey foil. Yes Its sold in Homebase/BQ etc but the amount using of energy saved /against cost is not viable.
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The makeshift foil solution might work for a few days but will quickly loose its reflective properties. I have found a product that is better that all ones that are currently stocked in diy stores and according to its British Board of Agrement certificate it will last up to 60 years. I found it on a energy research site.
That's a pretty non useful post

It would have been nice if you said what the product was called or where to buy it from.
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Radflek Radiator reflectors are great. I have used them in my new house and behind all of my radiators. I think I bought a pack large enough for 10 radiators. Found these on ebay but you can also buy online at many eco stores. Hope this helps someone. Thanks
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Radflex are great, I wear 4 on my head, tin foil hats are so last year!
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Radflek Radiator reflectors are great. I have used them in my new house and behind all of my radiators. I think I bought a pack large enough for 10 radiators. Found these on ebay but you can also buy online at many eco stores. Hope this helps someone. Thanks
Ive bought the same and once i have time to fit it i hope it will be a MSE as the info suggests
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Radflek Radiator reflectors are great. I have used them in my new house and behind all of my radiators. I think I bought a pack large enough for 10 radiators. Found these on ebay but you can also buy online at many eco stores. Hope this helps someone. Thanks
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Does anyone know of a reasonably cheap place to buy good quality radiator reflector panels (the PVC ones coated in aluminium).

I haven't seen them in my local B&Q or Homebase.
Why do you want to fit them behind the radiator??????????????
When all the walls in your house are absorbing the heat.
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Old 20-12-2011, 10:26 PM
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Absolute waste of time, agree with plumb1.
All surface will allow the transfer of heat (this called be U value). The transfer is obviously hot to cold. In winter the walls, floor and ceiling allow the transfer of energy to outside, in summer the reverse occur still hot to cold.
To minimise the transfer of heat you need to increase the U value, this is achieved by insulating the surfaces.

Reflecting the energy will have no significant saving
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Old 12-01-2012, 1:31 PM
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I disagree.
There are three ways of transfering heat. Conduction, convection and radiation.
Foil will not help stop the transfer of heat by conduction or convection (though any insulating backing of these products might reduce heat loss by conduction). However it will reflect radiated heat that would otherwise be absorbed by the wall.
It is correct that all the walls absorb heat, but most of this transfer is by conduction, only objects (walls) very close to the radiator will absorb significant amounts of heat by radiation (the intensity of the radiation is proportional to the cube of the distance from the heat source to the absorbing body).
So I believe is is correct that you can achieve an efficiency improvement or gain more warmth (as the reflected radiation can then hopefully be absorbed by the air) by reflecting some of the radiated heat of the radiator.
Whether it is actualy financially effective to do this is another matter.
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the intensity of the radiation is proportional to the cube of the distance from the heat source to the absorbing body
Don't you think MSErs need to know that the intensity of radiation is inversely proportional to the square of the distance from the point source?

The answer, surely, is to stop using these wall-hugging modern radiators and return to the Victorian-style floor standing ones that often stood about a foot or more away from the wall. Or, I'm told, slap a couple of polystyrene tiles on the wall, behind the radiator.
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