Victorian Nottingham School
Infrared heating can be used in a wide variety of applications including educational establishments. In this case the project was a Victorian build with many issues including mould damp and cold spots. After some research into different heating systems the school came across the far infrared technology and they could see the benefits of looking at using this system, with it being a more effective cost solution in terms of both installation and running costs.
The mould and damp issue were of course a concern as the areas were populated by students. For parents of the students this was very important that it was fixed as it could cause health problems as well as not being a hygienic place to learn. The school also recognized the health benefits of the far infrared heating.
The school originally had a traditional convection wet pipe heating system which was ineffective. We replaced this with a mixture of infrared panels and multi-purpose space heaters.
The school hall that was used every day for assembly and physical education for the students, was a priority area that needed to reach a comfortable level with a rapid warm up time. With the old radiators and high ceilings, the air was constantly being heated and was going up to the highest point of the ceiling and not giving effective heat to the rest of the room which resulted in a long warm up period. With the change to the Vector heater the sports hall had a much quicker heat up time and this meant a reduction in running costs as the heating could be switched on a short period before use rather than having to turn on the convection heat on for hours to get it a warmer temperature.
The classrooms made use of ceiling panels installed in such a way that they could not be tampered with but also give good heat distribution across the room. For areas with high ceilings or ceilings that were not suitable for ceiling panels drop chains were used. Also, in some rooms and corridors ceiling grid tiles were used so that the available space was used to its maximum as well as giving a discrete heat and easy installation for contractors on site.
The real positive for the school was a healthier heating source, which was more effective and
efficient for a fraction of the cost of similar convection systems. With the help of a cost analysis and no maintenance whatsoever this ensured a quick return on investment and the school were very impressed with the results.