Everyone likes watching TV, it’s how we relax after a long day at work, where we catch up on the news from around the world, and above all else… where you can watch other people watching the same shows you just watched.  Amazing.  However, what isn’t as amazing is when your TV starts overheating because of that radiator you’ve got underneath. Electrical items and heat are not usually a great mix, especially when the electrical product in question is as sensitive as a modern flat screen TV.  TVs don’t typically have internal cooling systems in place, so keeping them at...

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Radiator reflectors are shiny sheets that sit behind your radiator. They are designed to prevent heat radiated from the radiator becoming lost into the wall by reflecting this heat back into the room.  The heat radiated from a radiator travels in infrared waves. These waves are small enough to become absorbed by the wall. Reflector foils have a much smaller lattice structure than a wall so infrared waves are reflected rather than absorbed. Ordinary tin foil also has this property but would not be as effective for as long as radiator reflector foils because the surface of tin foil oxidizes...

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How to run or set your central heating is one of those age old questions that doesn't have a simple answer. Many people advocate that you should only use your heating when you need it, others say it should be on at a low level all the time and then increased when it is particularly cold. While we can't give you a definitive answer there are some simple guidelines that can really help get the best out of your central heating. 1. If you have a home with a high thermal mass then having it on low 24 hours a...

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The fact that radiators are not the most exciting or stimulating items in the world doesn't diminish their importance. In fact, as we wrote in our "Watt? Home Energy Explained" book, we like to think of radiators as the unsung heroes of central heating and, judging by the new radiator design, called Blush, by Icelandic designer Thorunn Arnadottir he seems to agree with us.  Taking inspiration from the life giving properties of the human body's capillary network this radiator design certainly makes a statement about how important radiators are to our comfort. The paint used on the radiator reacts to...

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We’ve taken a look at the current state of online radiator calculators and have to say that although they do their job they could be much better. So, we took it upon ourselves here at Radfan to make our own radiator calculator with a couple of additional features that set it apart from the rest and make it a lot more useable. Check it out here Radiator Calculator Features The calculator supports both metric and imperial units with automatic conversion between the two Simple, large buttons for setting room specifications Ability to name and save rooms to a list for...

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  Simon Barker

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