Cardboard and foil. Make a surfboard shape (ie curved over at one end out of card, cover with foil. Stick behind radiator so it pushes the curtains away from the radiator. Eh voila, the heat is pushed into the room.

How do I stop my radiators from going behind the curtains?

One way to avoid too much heat loss is to have a window sill that projects well over the radiator and curtains that stop on top of the sill. With this arrangement, the heat is directed out into the room instead of behind the curtain and out through the window.

Can you hang curtains behind a radiator?

Additionally, thick curtains hanging over a rad may actually hinder heat from circulating evenly around your room and could cause you to turn the heat up to compensate. Increased use of energy would increase your heating bills. Decorative hanging drapes should also be kept well clear of radiators.

Is it OK for curtains to touch radiator?

Curtains can catch fire from electric radiators if the radiator is close to a curtain made of flammable material. Water radiators usually don’t get hot enough to cause curtains to catch fire, but the radiator could still burn any fragile materials nearby.

Why are radiators behind curtains?

The heat that goes vertically up from a rad needs to be forced into the room otherwise it hits the ceiling and just falls down, not heating room. Under the window the cold air from window meets warm air from rad and pushes warm into room. Merry Xmas.

Can curtains catch on fire from heater?

Any type of heater can start a fire under the right conditions, but fires started by curtains most often occur with electric baseboard heaters due largely to the way the heaters work. These heaters rely on the room’s natural airflow to push the heat they generate into the room.

Why are radiators under windows?

In the past, radiators have often been located under the window in a room because this is the coldest area in the room. Historically, older windows would be single glazed, and this type of window used to let a lot of cold air into the room.

Do curtains reduce heat loss?

Closing curtains at night can reduce heat loss by up to 17 percent. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, using curtains with thermal lining can reduce heat loss by up to 25 percent. Using curtains with white plastic backings can reduce heat gain by up to 33 percent.

What does P+ mean in radiators?

P+ also known as Type 21, is a type of radiator with 2 radiator panels and 1 set of convection fins. K2 also known as Type 22, is a type of radiator with 2 radiator panels and 2 sets of convection fins. K3 also known as Type 33, is a type of radiator with 3 radiator panels and 3 sets of convection fins.

Should you put a radiator under a window?

Installing a radiator under a window is still a very good option. Although modern double glazing gives you other places to choose from, they are still not 100% efficient at stopping cold air coming in. The area beneath a window is also a good place for a radiator because it’s often free of furniture.

Do reflectors behind radiators work?

Harris reports that “reductions in the overall energy consumption of the [test] room of up to 6% were recorded by installing [plain] foil behind a radiator, while the heat loss through the area of wall immediately behind the radiator fell to less than 30% of the original value”.

Do you bleed a radiator when it is on or off?

Turn off your heating. You can’t bleed a radiator when the heating is on, as it may be too hot to touch. You could also get hot water spraying out of the radiator. Use your radiator key to turn the valve at the top of the radiator.

Is it OK to put a sofa in front of a radiator?

It’s not a good idea to place a sofa, or any other large furniture, in front of a radiator. A sofa would block heat from travelling freely around the room, and could suffer potential long-term damage from a close level of heat exposure.

Can radiators start fires?

Is an Electric Radiator a Fire Hazard? Electric radiators, especially older models, can overheat, which can lead to fires. They can also cause nearby items to catch fire due to sparks or other issues.

How do I get more heat from my radiator behind my couch?

If you have a gap in front of the sofa of about 2″ that should be adequate to create a ‘chimney’ effect and allow the heat to rise up. A shelf above the radiator (and higher than the top of the sofa) will then help push the warm air into the room instead of it going straight up to the ceiling.

Where is the best place to position a radiator in a room?

The best place for a radiator is in the coldest part of the room. This used to be under windows. However, in more modern double-glazed homes, there may not be a cold area, so you can put radiators where they won’t affect the use of walls. A general rule is to have one radiator for every 4m or so in a room.

Do radiators have a flow direction?

The new radiator is marked for the direction of flow; through the valve and in at the top of the radiator.

How far should a radiator be from the floor?


Radiators should typically be mounted so that the foot of the radiator is positioned a minimum of 150mm from the floor. The height of nearby floorboards could influence how high a radiator is fitted, if only for aesthetic reasons.