Does putting tin foil behind radiators work?

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Putting foil behind radiators can help boost heat   (Yui Mok/PA Wire)
Putting foil behind radiators can help boost heat (Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Former Tory MP Edwina Currie has demanded to “get a word in edgeways” during a fiery clash with Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis on Good Morning Britain about the energy crisis.

Lewis and the former Health Minister clashed on Twitter last week, over Mr Lewis’s use of the word “catastrophe” in order to describe the soaring cost of bills.

The pair continued their battle on ITV’s breakfast show on Monday, September 5, when Ms Currie said the Government “cannot do everything”, adding: “We really have to be cool and calm. Panic and emotion drains the energy and really what we have to do is conserve the energy and use it well.”

To save on energy bills, Ms Currie suggested people put tin foil behind their radiators in order to “turn down the thermostat without causing any more discomfort”.

But does putting foil behind radiators actually work? Here’s everything you need to know.

Does putting foil behind radiators work?

According to DIY expert Kyle Mattison, putting foil behind a radiator is a great way to boost its power, reports The Mirror.

Kyle, 29, who posts on TikTok under the name ThatPropertyGuy, said it will help heat a room.

In one popular clip, he explains: “Give your radiators a boost this winter. Radiator-reflector foil is one way to keep your house warm, it reflects radiator heat back into the room.

“It’s really simple to install behind radiators, a good idea to do it on radiators on external walls.”

He adds that you can easily pick it up from a DIY store but, if you can’t get a reflector, tin foil is cheaper and works just as well.

Speaking to The Mirror, he also recommends bleeding your radiators in order to run them at their best, and leaving the oven door open when you’ve finished cooking to make the most of the heat, and to keep blinds and curtains closed.

He also recommends leaving a gap between the radiator and the sofa, in order to aid heat circulating in the room.