Funded by the UK Government's Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Radfan has been extensively trialed and tested in labs and real world homes to make sure that it not only make you feel warmer but that it also reduces your energy bills.
Testing devices in real homes is vital and so we teamed up with DECC and 9 housing associations to better understand how people respond to the Radfan. Each home lived with the Radfan for 2 months and was asked a set of questions before and after the trial.
The Radfan works best in homes that are already insulated with 2 or 3 bedrooms. One of the key takeaways from participants is that they like the effect of feeling warm air coming from the unit.
People love the Radfan as they not only feel an increase in their comfort but it also gives them an extra layer of control to help keep warm and tackle ever increasing fuel bills.
- A happy Gentoo tenant
The Energy House at Salford University is a fully instrumented house built in an environmental chamber used by the likes of Saint Goban and B&Q to test energy-saving product.
We installed a Radfan in the living room of the Energy House and monitored the home, with and with out the Radfan running, over two 48 hour periods. The house's heating was set to run 24 hours a day, with the water set to 82°C, thermostat set to 21°C and the curtains opened at 9 AM and closed at 4 PM.
The result of this testing are summarised below and a full report can be viewed here.
The energy house have a nice summary of the work here on their website.
Total savings for the Radfan of around £106 per year come from people feeling warmer and using their heating less, combined with the thermostat turning off sooner as demonstrated by the testing at Salford University.