The challenge with village hall heating

Village hall heating has unique challenges. Usually older buildings (with poor insulation) comprising of a main hall with high ceilings and adjoining smaller ancillary rooms with more standard ceiling heights.

More often than not the existing village hall heating is a convection based system. This is generally ineffective at heating large spaces with high ceilings as 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.

Village hall heating requirements

With a wide variety of activities, both active and sedentary taking place in village halls the heating system needs to be flexible enough to accommodate the varied heating requirements throughout the day. For example, a Bridge Club will require a higher room temperature to feel comfortable than a fitness class.

Village hall heating systems need to be effective at evenly warming the premises (no cold spot), easily controllable and economic to run and that is where infrared comes in.

Infrared heating solution

Long wave infrared energy generated by the Etherma EZ heaters and LAVA Basic DM infrared panels travels inertly through the air, dissipating as heat upon contact with people and surfaces thus creating a comfortable, all-round radiant warmth at lower air temperature. The Etherma EZ heaters are ideal for heating larger spaces like village halls or sports halls, whilst the LAVA Basic DM are suited to the ancillary rooms with lower ceilings.

Infrared heat takes only minutes to reach comfort temperatures, so 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 just a few minutes.

Infrared is also particularly good for the building. In contrast to convection heating where the moisture held within warm air condenses when it meets a cold surface increasing the likelihood of mould, wood rot and salt damp or flaking paintwork; infrared warms the surfaces of objects without warming the air. As a result the relative humidity in the air remains low and when the air meets a warm surface, condensation does not occur.

Village hall heating product range

ETHERMA EZ
ETHERMA EZ
Double panel Infrared radiant heater for department stores, industrial premises, village halls etc.
  • Available Outputs: 800 W, 1200 W, 1600 W, 2000 W & 3600 W
  • Hygienic indoor climate
  • Dark emitter
  • Rust-resistant housing
  • Straightforward installation
  • Surface structure optimises radiation
  • The heaters are approved for serial connection
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LAVA BASIC DM Ceiling
LAVA BASIC DM Ceiling
Mounted on the ceiling or in suspended ceilings, the heaters are ideally suited for full heating or zone heating.
  • Available outputs: 350 W, 500 W, 750 W, 1000 W, 1500 W
  • Lightweight design - easy ceiling mounting
  • Large infrared emitting surface
  • Maintenance free and magnetic field free
  • High proportion of radiation
  • 350W, 750W and 1500W suitable for suspended ceiling grids
  • Also suitable for wall mounting
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LAVA BASIC DM Wall
LAVA BASIC DM Wall
Mounted on the wall or ceiling, the heaters are ideally suited for full heating or zone heating.
  • Available output: 350 W, 500 W, 750 W, 1000 W & 1500 W
  • Lightweight design - easy ceiling mounting
  • Large infrared emitting surface
  • Maintenance free and magnetic field free
  • High proportion of radiation
  • Also suitable for ceiling mounting
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Thermocassette Infrared Panel
Thermocassette Infrared Panel
Suitable for ceiling heights up to 3.5m, the Thermocassette provides a discreet heating solution where suspended ceilings have been installed. The panels are ideal for either full or spot heating solutions and the mounting system means they form an integral part of the ceiling grid.
  • Focused heating
  • Unobtrusive design
  • Easy Installation
  • Seamless integration in suspended ceiling grid
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Grant funding option

ERDF is offering an energy efficiency grant to help businesses save money and greenhouse gas emissions by improving the energy efficiency of their workspace.

The energy efficiency grant covers between 25% – 40% of the overall cost (capital and installation) of the project.