What are radiant tubes

Radiant Heating

There are many types of heating that you will want to consider depending on the type of project you are undertaking. Radiant tube heating is great for almost instantly heating any area, for example if you have a poorly insulated warehouse bay that needs heating, radiant tubes offer an excellent soliton.

The heat is able to be retained easily throughout the day and can be switched off long before the end of the working day whilst maintaining the rooms temperature. There are many benefits to using radiant tube heating for a number of spaces, some of which are listed below.

  • With radiant tubes you will notice a significant reduction in running costs not only because as previously mentioned, you can turn them off and they will still heat the space but because they are a low energy heating option. You may be able to save up to 65% on your future fuel costs and be able to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Although radiant tubes are a low energy heating system you will find that they are able to provide a very even heat coverage throughout the desired space.
  • Unlike other heating systems, radiant tubes do not directly heat the air, instead they work in the same way as the sun in that they heat via infrared waves. As these waves travel through the air, they dissipate as heat onto people and objects in the room creating a consistent room temperature. As a result, it is ideal in areas where there is high air infiltration such as a warehouse space with open bay doors.
  • Radiant tubes only take a few minutes to heat the room to your desired temperature which means less energy is wasted in warm-up times. If the room is exposed to colder temperature such as a door being open it does not take long for the system to recover from this and reheat the space.
  • Because the tubes will be directed downwards towards the desired heating space and its occupants you will find that any heat lost through the roof as you would find with other systems is kept to a minimum.
  • This type of system is very easy to install into any space although it is advised that if you choose this system to use a professional heating specialist company so that they can ensure it is installed safely and correctly. Once this is done, it is a very easy system to maintain and operate with no issues of having to bleed radiators or check the water pressure as you would with other more traditional heating systems.
  • This type of system is very easy to control so that you can quickly adjust the temperature for different areas of your space. You are also able to set it to operating times so that you know that if you are heating a working environment it will be warm for your employees as soon as they arrive. Equally, you can then set it so that it switches off an hour before the end of the working day with the knowledge that the space will remain at the correct temperature.

The Most Inconspicuous Heating Systems

Undoubtedly when it comes to modern heating systems the most inconspicuous has to be Radiant Floor Heating. Whilst most homes in the UK use central heating systems or forced air, these aren’t the only options. Not only are Radiant Heating Systems much more aesthetically pleasing they are also a lot better for the environment. This system allows you to save energy whilst creating a comfortable living environment by distributing heating only where it is needed.

How does it work?

The system consists of a series of tubes the consistently circulate hot water or depending on the system you have installed, electrical heating elements. The system is placed into a concrete slab as it is being poured which then allows the thermal mass of the stone to become a radiator of heat. To explain it simply, it is similar to when you hold a hot drink in that the heat is transferred through radiant energy and heats your hands as well as the surrounding area. This heating system works in the same way but the hot water supply is more consistent and therefore stay heated for your desired time. There are many benefits to having this type of system, firstly as mentioned it is a lot more aesthetically pleasing in the modern home without any bulky installations.

It also heats the desired space with much more efficiency than other heating systems without creating any drafts. It is a lot easier to control the temperature and keep it consistent so that never again do you have to wake up to cold flooring. One of the main issues people tend to find with forced air systems aside from the noise it can make is that it works by circulating air that contains, dust, allergens and other particles. This can be a nightmare for those who suffer from allergies such as hay fever. Finally, one of the biggest benefits people find is the reduced utility bills as concrete radiant heating requires less energy to reach your desired temperature.

What if I already have concrete flooring?

If you already have concrete flooring installed and aren’t looking to pay out for new concrete slabs with the heating system preinstalled there is another option. Radiant heating can be installed as ultrathin electric heating mats that are able to be embedded into a thin layer of cement. In doing so you are able to have the same effect without significantly raising the height of the floor.

Radiant Heating can also be installed in walls as well as floors using the same methods with concrete. The installation process for this can be quite expensive which is why it is not as popular as other heating methods. That being said, as can be seen, the long-term benefits massively outweigh this one time cost and over time you are likely to offset the initial cost with utility savings.

If you are interested in installing radiant heating in your property, the first step is to contact a company that specialises in this type of system. The installation process can be very delicate with a lot of sensitive components that if not installed correctly could cause damage to your property in the long term.

Why underfloor heating is great in the winter

Most homes in the UK have traditional heating systems, those being hot air heating or radiators and whilst these generally do the job you may find an alternative system may better suit your needs. One of the most sought-after alternatives is underfloor heating with its efficiency and affordability it is becoming an increasingly popular option.

What is underfloor heating?

There are two types of system when it comes to underfloor heating, the wet and the dry. With the wet system, you will find warm water pumped through pipes underneath the floor. Alternatively, with the dry system you will have a series of electrical coils conducting heat underneath the floor. With either system, the general result is that heat rises.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of underfloor heating?

Starting with the advantages, underfloor heating is one of the more luxurious ways to heart your home. Being able to immediately feel heat from the floor in a home not only feels welcoming especially in the winter but is much more aesthetically pleasing. Radiators tend to clutter a room without you realising, sitting there just collecting dust.

Having the system beneath the floor also helps to evenly distribute heat in your home. Whilst traditional heating systems work by heating the air immediately surrounding them you will find that the heat is quickly lost throughout the space. Underfloor heating on the other hand is a much better system as it can consistently heat a larger surface area.

Underfloor heating also doesn’t have to work as hard as other heating systems. To feel the effects of a radiator it must use a lot of water and energy, working at a high temperature. However, underfloor heating works at a much lower temperature whilst saving you on your energy bills.

Conversely, there are some drawbacks to having an underfloor heating that should be considered before being installed. Arguably one of the biggest disadvantages to underfloor heating is the cost of the installation. Whilst the system itself is relatively affordable, the installation usually requires a lot of work, especially with pre-renovated properties.

Another issue you may find is that because the system works at much lower temperatures than other systems it will take a lot longer to heat the room. This may mean you want to invest in a timer as well to ensure that your floor and room is the desired temperature at the right time.

There can also be some issues with what you can place on the floor as well depending on the type of system. It can be dangerous to have certain fittings or pieces of furniture on the floor due to the heat as well as the weight of the object.

Finally, if the system is not properly installed it can cause a lot of problems later on for the homeowner. Unlike other heating systems you will find that there isn’t easy access if anything goes wrong. Having to remove your flooring just to fix your heating system can work out much costlier than you would have first thought.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Warm Air Heating

Advantages and Disadvantages of Warm Air Heating

Warm air heating systems are a popular and efficient alternative to traditional central heating systems that help to quickly warm your industrial space. They work by pulling air from a vent located outside the building, heating it over a gas flame and delivering the warm air into the designated space. It is a type of heating system that can work well in a range of structures from small workshops to vast warehouses and commercial properties. In the UK it is one of the biggest rivals for traditional heating because of its numerous benefits throughout different properties. To help you better understand warm air heating systems we have compiled a comprehensive list of its biggest advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages

  • In the cooler months when you turn on a traditional heating system you may find it takes a while to start making any noticeable change to the temperature of your space. One of the biggest benefits of having a warm air heating system is that it has an extremely quick response time and will start working immediately without having to boot up.
  • On average this system type has a longer life span that other heating systems. This is partly because unlike other systems, there isn’t a risk of it breaking down because of any water leaks, faulty valves, frozen pipes in the colder months and system failures of any kind. Overall it is seen as a much more effective and efficient system in terms of longevity.
  • You have much more physical control with a warm air heating system as you can adjust the ventilation so that you can heat your space to the desired temperature. With other systems you don’t always have as much control with the temperature as if it is too hot there is no way to vent this.
  • If you have individuals in your commercial or industrial space who suffer from allergies caused by dust or pollen you have the option to have an air cleaner turned on. This ensures that all the air being delivered into your property is free of all allergens and any other impurities in the air. Other systems tend to work by circulating air full of allergens continuously around the space until inhaled or they settle on furnishings.
  • Whilst it is an ideal system for the winter months it can also double as a cooling system for the summertime giving it an advantage over other central heating systems.

Disadvantages

  • One of the biggest drawbacks of a warm air heater is that its initial purchase and installation cost can be significantly more than other systems. You may need to spend time re-routing ducts in your building as well as ensuring the there is adequate insulation. Without this you may eventually have problems with condensation which may cause structural damage as well as damage to your health in terms of mould spores.
  • While this type of system doesn’t break down like other systems and has a good lifespan, the one area that can become problematic is the on and off mechanism.
  • It can clean the air before transporting it into the property it has been known to cause issues with individuals who suffer from asthma. Equally, if you choose not to use a system that cleans the air, because of the way the air delivered it can cause respiratory issues with allergens.
  • If you have any doors or windows open in the property the system will struggle to determine the temperature which can cause it to take longer to heat the area.

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Why Underfloor Heating is great in the Winter

Underfloor Heating pros and cons

Most commercial units have traditional heating systems, those being hot air heating or radiators and whilst these generally do the job you may find an alternative system may better suit your needs. One of the most sought-after alternatives is underfloor heating with its efficiency and affordability it is becoming an increasingly popular option.

What is underfloor heating?

There are two types of system when it comes to underfloor heating, the wet and the dry. With the wet system, you will find warm water pumped through pipes underneath the floor. Alternatively, with the dry system you will have a series of electrical coils conducting heat underneath the floor. With either system, the general result is that heat rises.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of underfloor heating?

Starting with the advantages, underfloor heating is one of the more luxurious ways to heart your commercial or industrial space. Being able to immediately feel heat from the floor in a home not only feels welcoming especially in the winter but is much more aesthetically pleasing. Radiators tend to clutter a room without you realising, sitting there just collecting dust.

Having the system beneath the floor also helps to evenly distribute heat in your space. Whilst traditional heating systems work by heating the air immediately surrounding them you will find that the heat is quickly lost throughout the space. Underfloor heating on the other hand is a much better system as it can consistently heat a larger surface area.

Underfloor heating also doesn’t have to work as hard as other heating systems. To feel the effects of a radiator it must use a lot of water and energy, working at a high temperature. However, underfloor heating works at a much lower temperature whilst saving you on your energy bills.

Conversely, there are some drawbacks to having an underfloor heating that should be considered before being installed. Arguably one of the biggest disadvantages to underfloor heating is the cost of the installation. Whilst the system itself is relatively affordable, the installation usually requires a lot of work, especially with pre-renovated properties.

Another issue you may find is that because the system works at much lower temperatures than other systems it will take a lot longer to heat the room. This may mean you want to invest in a timer as well to ensure that your floor and room is the desired temperature at the right time.

There can also be some issues with what you can place on the floor as well depending on the type of system. It can be dangerous to have certain fittings or pieces of furniture on the floor due to the heat as well as the weight of the object.

Finally, if the system is not properly installed it can cause a lot of problems later down the line. Unlike other heating systems you will find that there isn’t easy access if anything goes wrong. Having to remove your flooring just to fix your heating system can work out much costlier than you would have first thought.

To find out more call us today on 08000 588 035 and we can discuss the perfect heating solution for your commercial or industrial space.