Over the past few winters, we have had several queries from customers asking us how to get the most of their radiators and what is the most efficient way to run their central heating system. To give the best possible answer, we went directly to the experts to get the facts straight.  Both British Gas and the Energy Savings Trust agree that, in winter, boilers are most efficient when set to their maximum temperature, around 80oC. At this setting, your radiators will get hotter quicker so your home will feel warmer sooner. This will result in your thermostat turning the...

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Years ago, Roland, the founder of Radfan, had grown tired of listening to his wife complain about how cold she was at home even when the heating was on, and so he decide to do something about it. After tinkering with some computer fans and a piece of cardboard, the first Radfan was born and Roland’s wife was very pleased. Without the Radfan, Roland and his wife were shivering even when their radiators were on full blast because their radiators, like most radiators in the UK, were not doing their job properly. Radiators actually radiate only 20% of their heat....

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Although radiators are vital to keeping a warm home in the UK, one of the greatest issues with them is that they don’t actually do a very good job of it. There are several suggested solutions to this; fitting radiator reflector foils, replacing radiators with fan-assisted radiators and perhaps the most low-tech suggestion and common myth, putting a plank of wood above the radiator, otherwise known as a radiator shelf.   Radiator shelves are just that – shelves that sit above a radiator. They may be attached to the wall or fit on brackets that slot behind the radiator. They...

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It may surprise you, but an energy efficient dishwasher actually uses less water and energy to run, making it cheaper than washing up by hand. If you have a water metre in your house, one cycle on a typical dishwasher costs the same as filling five washing up bowls or running the hot tap for nine minutes. If your water is unmetered, it’s even better; one dishwasher cycle is equivalent to filling four washing up bowls or running the hot tap for six minutes. If you can manage to completely wash a full dishwasher’s load of cutlery and crockery in...

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The absolute best way to dry your clothes is to peg them up outside and let the wind dry them naturally. This is very low cost, and uses no gas or electricity as the wind and the sun do all the work. It can even help with the ironing as a breeze will help smooth out wrinkles. However, this option is not always possible. Some clothes labels state they should not be dried outside, many people have no outdoor space and it is often not the weather for it. We have looked into the alternatives for indoor clothes drying to...

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