16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
So far so good!,
This review is from: Radflek Radiator Reflectors (3 Sheets, Fits 3-6 Radiators) (DIY & Tools)
First of all, the item was ordered on 23 August at 7.20 a.m. I had confirmation it had been shipped at 9.57 a.m. on the same day. The package arrived in the post on 25 August. The postie got it through my letterbox ok so no having to pick it up at the depot. The packaging was complete, secure and appropriate for the item ordered. Great service all round!
As for fitting the panels: I have relatively small radiators so was able to add reflector panels to all nine of them and still had some 30 cm left over. I used 3 of the 12 clips provided (the bits of plastic used to balance the panels on the wall mountings at the rear of the radiators)for the largest radiator, but with judicious cutting of the other clips I managed to complete all my radiators and I even had most of one clip left over too.
These clips are a great idea: There's no fiddling with double sided tape or other fixings, so they're easy to lift out, dust and put back when required.
The panels themselves appear to be like a thick gauge foil, so are easy to straighten the folds out with a thumb and then cut to size. The instructions say they don't have to be perfectly flat to do the job.
As it's August I am unable to report how effective they may be. I'll have to wait for a few months before I can do that, but the principle is sound: Heat is reflected back into the room, not out through the walls.
The enclosed blurb states that for uninsulated walls the carbon footprint is reduced by an average of 18.2 kg of CO2 a year per m2. For an insulated wall that drops to an average of 12.33 kg but that's still going to save some pennies on fuel bills, I reckon.
The product claims to be approved for use in the government's Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) scheme administered by Ofgem. I've not checked on that but if it's so then I look forward to saving the planet as well as fuel bills!
The problem is every winter is different. If this winter is not as cold as the last one then my gas bills are already going to be smaller than last time and I won't know if the panels have contributed. However, previous commentators have stated they they felt an immediate impact when installed and I am going to have to take it on faith for the time being that they are indeed going to make a difference.
As with all these things you pays your money and you takes your choice, but I am quietly confident that they will be effective.