|James Maddocks, director at
Radwraps, and John Maddocks,
owner of Radwraps.
Written By: Mark Armstrong
Provided By: Radwraps
Recent research by Liverpool John Moores University has found that using a Radwraps radiator cover instead of a wooden cover could improve the efficiency of the radiator by up to 118%, more than double the wooden cover efficiency, thus having a significant impact on heating bills.
Radwraps provides a range of radiator covers which can be fitted within seconds and brighten up a room, as well as blending in with wallpaper. In addition, they act as a safe method of preventing burns, as they cover the hot surfaces of the radiator framework.
And thanks to this study, held in conjunction with LJMU and funded via the European Regional Development Fund, it has now been proven how effective they are in reducing heat consumption.
With the assistance of Jacqueline Gilroy at Liverpool Vision, Radwraps approached the Low Carbon Hub at LJMU with the idea of holding simulations using its decorative radiator covers to determine how big of a difference their products make. To do so, a domestic central heating system was created whereby the tests could be conducted in specific and fair conditions. This included keeping the external room temperature at 20ºC, and using double panel radiators with a length and width of 600mm.
The Radwraps team wanted to get a heat comparison between radiators that were using a Radwrap cover and a wooden cover. The results showed that, when using a Radwrap, the efficiency of the radiator heating system can reach up to 68%, whereas for a wooden cover, it could only reach 31% for a certain water flow rate, far outweighing the predictions made beforehand.
James Maddocks, director at Radwraps, commented: “This figure is huge, something we could have only imagined when we started, and it could have major implications towards lowering our carbon emissions.”
And given the outcome of the study, James has calculated that the country could make a massive financial saving by using Radwraps, along with a potential saving of over £1 billion in Europe as a whole:
“If every home in the UK which has wooden covers fitted were to replace one of them with a Radwrap, the country could save up to £75 million a year in energy costs. And if every home in Europe did the same thing, the result would be a huge saving of up to £1.5 billion in energy costs.”
Radwraps have been operating for almost three years after many years of research and development, and they are growing in prominence as more and more people discover the benefits of its radiator covers, both from the savings in energy output (the reduction of heat output) and the opportunity to make the radiators look fantastic and aesthetically pleasing, to the point of perhaps becoming a focal point in a home environment.
James added: “Radwraps are already being utilised in nurseries, schools, nursing homes and houses in general across the UK as we speak. Savings are being made and emissions are being cut, which are helping to lower our carbon emissions for this generation and for generations to come, not to mention that they look amazing with any image or design.”
You can learn more about the Radwraps products by visiting www.radwraps.co.uk.