We specialise in Village hall heating and we know that there are specific challenges. Older buildings may have poor insulation. They comprise a main hall with high ceilings. There are smaller rooms, with more standard ceiling heights.
It is often the case that existing village hall heating is a convection based system. This is usually ineffective at heating large spaces that have high ceilings.
Most of the warm air rises into the high ceiling void. Only when this air cools does it descend towards the floor where the occupants feel the benefit. These convection currents also draw in outside air through the leaky doors and windows, creating unpleasant cold drafts and cooling the hall.
Convection based heating also presents a challenge when adhering to the new COVID-19 guidelines regarding enclosed spaces. Opening windows means you lose the warm air you have paid to heat and the convection currents facilitate the spread of viruses.
Alternatively, you may have the old style short-wave infrared bar heaters which glow. They are hard to regulate. They create focused areas of heating, whilst leaving ‘cold spots’ throughout the hall. They also make you ‘hot-headed’, when standing directly underneath them.
“I would like to pass on the positive feedback we have received about the new heating system in the hall. Hirers have all said how much it has improved the experience of being in the hall.” ~ Sally Withey, Ellesborough Parish Hall
“Can I just express our gratitude to the two installers who worked hard and cheerfully and left the hall clean and tidy.” ~ Colin Barrable, Clare Baptist Church
As specialists in village hall heating, we have a solution for you to address these issues.
Infrared energy generated by medium and long-wave infrared heaters and panels travels inertly through the air.
It dissipates as heat upon contact with people and surfaces. This creates a comfortable, all-round radiant warmth at lower air temperature.
The medium-wave heaters are ideal for ambient heating of large spaces like village halls or sports halls, whilst the more gentle long-wave panels are suited to the ancillary rooms with lower ceilings.
Infrared heat takes minutes to reach comfort temperatures. Energy is never wasted in prolonged warm-up times.
If external doors are opened, allowing cold air to enter the building, radiant heating will recover comfort temperatures in minutes. Remember the infrared energy is stored safely in the thermal mass of the building, not in the air which has very poor thermal properties.
Infrared is also good for the building. This is in contrast to convection heating, where the moisture held within warm air condenses when it meets a cold surface. In turn, convection heating increases the likelihood of mould, wood rot, salt damp or flaking paintwork.
Infrared directly warms the surfaces which prevents condensation from forming.
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is offering an energy efficient grant funding to help enterprises save money and greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy efficiency.
The energy efficiency grant may cover between 25% – 40% of the overall cost (capital and installation) of the project.
To find out more about village hall heating, you are welcome to get in touch on 0800 210 0288 or via our online Contact Form.
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