How does underfloor heating compare to radiators in the= commercial sector

Last year we investigated how underfloor heating compares to radiators within a residential environment. Taking this one step further, a new blog has been produced below around the factors to consider before implementing a radiator solution within the commercial sector and the benefits of underfloor heating over radiators. We hope you find this article informative and are keen to hear your thoughts via 

1. Radiators can be a hazard in a school environment

According to the Leisure Accident Surveillance System, over 1,399 radiator/hot water pipe related accidents were reported per annum within the education sector. A lot of these accidents occurred in crowded hallways , where students either accidentally knocked into the sharp edges of a radiator or were exposed to the hot surface (causing scolding).

Accidents in this area can not only be painful, but also lead to absences from school. Therefore, it is necessary for decision makers (often the headteacher) to investigate alternative forms of heating.

Underfloor heating is often described as being “invisble” due to the fact that it is  neatly hidden under a floor surface. This in turn means that the risks of accidents due to heating are significantly minimised and a safe environment can be maintained

2. Radiators are often not sufficient in an office environment

It is a common problem within open planned offices that those who are sitting by a radiator may be too hot and those who are sitting far away from a radiator are too cold. In regards with cost of running underfloor heating against radiators, often electric heaters are used to supplement the heating within an office, but this can be very energy intensive and lead to high bills for companies.

Underfloor heating, as previously reported, will spread heat evenly across an open planned office environment ensuring a comfortable temperature for everyone. What’s more there are a wide range of controls on offer, which are specifically designed to consider the shape, structure and usage of a building before working to create an ambient temperature.

One such example of this is the Smatrix Base PRO, which utilises autobalancing technology to regulate the temperature in a building. It also offers the functionality to control the heating and cooling of up to 192 rooms from one control panel! So you can turn off the heating and save costs in rooms that are not used.

One other potential issue that may occur with radiators are “airlocks”. These are time consuming to diagnose and solve (via bleeding) when considering how many radiators there may be in an office.

3. Respiratory issues can be triggered by radiators in a hospital environment

It is well known that dust and mould can develop on radiators, even when they are cleaned. This can lead to bugs, which are catastrophic in a hospital environment where patients are suffering from a weak immune system or potential respiratory diseases i.e. Asthma etc.

In order to ensure that this threat is eliminated, senior decision makers within hospitals or health trusts may invest in extra cleaning services. With budgets restricted more than ever in the NHS, this is something that can be ill afforded.
Underfloor heating is a “clean and safe” way of heating a hospital. Indeed, this has been proven in a recent case study reported on Building Better Healthcare where Queensway Health Centre, run by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, removed their radiators and installed underfloor heating.

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