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Innovative radiator covers could save millions

Research from Liverpool John Moores University has found that alternative radiator covers developed by Southport-based Radwraps Ltd could save £75 million in energy bills.

Research from Liverpool John Moores University has found that alternative radiator covers developed by Southport-based Radwraps Ltd could save £75 million in energy bills.

Radwraps was launched seven years ago as an innovative and attractive solution to hiding radiators in buildings.

As well as being an easy-to-install alternative to conventional wooden radiator cabinets, Radwraps’ made-to-measure magnetic covers have now been found to be 118 per cent more energy efficient by minimising heat loss.

Whereas traditional wooden covers can absorb up to 60 per cent of the heat from the radiator, the magnetic sheets allow heat to radiate more effectively.

University research

The research conducted by Liverpool John Moores University and funded by the European Regional Development Fund found that the efficiency of a radiator heating system can reach up to 68 per cent with Radwraps covers, compared with only 31 per cent with wooden cabinets. 

The university’s Low Carbon Innovation Hub created a domestic central heating system so tests could be conducted in specific conditions to compare heat loss between radiators using the different covers.

‘Major implications’

James Maddocks, Radwraps director, said: “This figure is huge, something we could have only imagined when we started, and it could have major implications towards lowering our carbon emissions.

“Radwraps are already being utilised in nurseries, schools, nursing homes and houses in general across the UK. Savings are being made and emissions are being cut, which is helping to lower our carbon emissions for this generation and for generations to come.”

Using the results of the research, the company has calculated that a £75 million reduction in energy costs could be made across the UK if conventional radiator cabinets were replaced with magnetic covers, along with potential savings of more than £1.5 billion across Europe.