Making the most of your radiators

Hi everyone :wave:

Your radiators will most likely be one of your most-used appliances through the autumn and winter months. So it makes sense to make sure they’re working at peak performance.

We’ve put together a few tips so that you can make your home as heat efficient as possible, without the need for any fancy or expensive home improvements.

Don’t heat your seat

If you are able to rearrange your room so that your soft furnishings aren’t in front of the radiator then you’ll definitely notice the benefit. But we know that not everyone has the space to rearrange their living rooms. Creating a gap of just a few inches between the sofa and the radiator means hot air is free to circulate. This will help to make sure you are benefiting from the warmth (and not the back of your sofa).

Don’t heat the street

  • Open your curtains

If you have curtains that cover your radiator when closed, the heat will get trapped behind, causing most of your warmth to escape through your windows. Try to leave the curtains open as much as possible when you have the heating on, or consider swapping them for a blind perhaps?

  • Reflect the heat inwards

Radiators emit warmth from all sides, including the side against the wall. To prevent your heat from being absorbed by bricks and mortar, consider radiator reflectors to reflect the heat back into the room. You can buy reflective radiator panels at most DIY shops, or for another low-cost alternative, attach a sheet of supermarket tin foil to the wall behind the radiator and it will work in exactly the same way.

  • Add a shelf

Positioning a shelf a few inches above your radiator will divert the heat out into the room rather than up and over your head. This also gives you more space for nik-naks, candles, or if you are anything like me, plants. This can be a floating shelf attached to the wall with brackets, or a console table - the choice is yours.

Keep your radiators in tip-top condition

  • Bleed them

Air that gets trapped in the top of your radiators makes them less efficient. Bleeding them lets this air out and allows the water to circulate through the whole radiator. The process of bleeding radiators is super easy and once complete, your radiators will heat up much quicker, using less energy. All you need is a screwdriver or radiator key (depending on the type of radiators you have), and a cloth. We’ve put together a video to show you just how simple it is:

  • Give them a dust

A buildup of dust on your radiators can make them less effective. Making sure that dust is removed from their nooks and crannies, and the surface is wiped down regularly, will help you to get the most out of your heating system.

How many of these will you be trying at home? Do you have any tips or tricks to keep your home warmer?