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Creating efficiency and effective heating solutions

Author : Andrew Lowery, marketing manager for Myson UK

10 August 2017

When specifying a HVAC system, the overall aim should be to create a total solution which will provide heat efficiently and effectively.

This means that as well as the heat source, we should give ample consideration to how we deliver the heat throughout the property.

In the past, this often meant a choice of one heat emitter over another, but now the optimal solution will increasingly be a combination of products which together make up one complete solution.

The first step should always be to consider the size and construction of the property, its level of insulation and the number of external doors and windows.

This allows us to make an effective heat loss calculation, which can these days be done online using a calculator such as the Myson heat Loss Calculator. Once the total heat required is known, we can then consider the best options for delivering it.

A number of other factors should influence the composition of the total solution, including long term running costs, the pattern of usage by building occupants and whether the project is a newbuild or a refurbishment.

At Myson, we are increasingly asked for help with determining the best possible solution for a property and more than 30% of these requests now concern the use of a combination of heating technologies.

This frequently means the use of underfloor heating with radiators, but can also entail the use of LST radiators, fan convectors and electric heating, depending on the individual project.

More open spaces such as reception areas, conference rooms, school halls and open plan retail spaces may be suited to underfloor heating; while smaller rooms such as hotel bedrooms and smaller offices are often more suited to radiators.

Retail spaces are often well served by fan convectors, either over the doors, making efficient use of hard to use spaces or at floor level, sited in the rises of raised floor areas and stairs.

Care settings will usually require low surface temperature radiators in order to meet NHS Estates guidelines.

In refurbishments, electric heating is often invaluable and highly cost effective, especially in areas formerly served by storage heaters, where no hydronic pipework exists.

Controlling the system well and ensuring that all the products work well together to create a total solution is essential.

It is more effective to source underfloor, radiators, fan convectors and heating controls from a single manufacturer, so that you can not only be confident that all the products will work effectively together, but so that you can access unbiased advice and expert technical support on creating the best total solution.

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