When building a commercial or industrial property, easy construction and cost will be front of your mind. You’ll also want to use materials that provide fairly low maintenance costs, without compromising on aesthetics, practicality or comfort. Balancing that with consideration to the environment, or choosing greener options, sounds like an impossible task – or does it?
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How will you heat your commercial building? This is critical, especially as commercial buildings can present a number of issues when it comes to the delivery of heat, especially if there are large glass frontages, or open warehouses. There could also be varying ceiling heights to factor in or other larger open spaces, such as atriums, where the distribution of heat could be difficult.
You will also need to factor in things like air quality, esecially where businesses are dealing with exhuast fumes or solvents, as there will be additional ventillation which could impact the way heat is contained, or maintained, as there will likely be an increase in heat loss for these types of rooms.
In fact, these considerations are all just a few reasons why construction engineers are starting to use alternative heating sources than traditional gas-fired systems – and that is where Smart Warm comes in.
Through the roof… from the windows to the walls
You might be surprised to know that up to 35% of heat can be lost through poorly-insulated walls and windows, but, even more surprisingly, around a quarter of heat loss happens through the roof (source: https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/advice/roof-and-loft-insulation/).
When developing commercial buildings, this information is extremely important, as you may have larger roof spaces or more windows than a domestic property, and therefore are more likley to come up against more heat loss – and more expense as a result.
However, alternative heating provides a genuine solution to this.
Things like underfloor heating systems are being installed in commercial premesis more and more these days, over traditional gas-fired radiators, or other fuel-powered systems. In fact, these methods are being recommended by engineers are they are proving themselves time and time again to be more cost-effective, plus they meet green targets set out by government, as well as being in line with other major developers who are rethinking their eco-friendly strategies to cater for a more enviornmentally friendly build thier customer demands.
But why underfloor heating? Well let me tell you.
• Cheaper to install
• Aesthetically pleasing (bye bye ugly radiators!)
• They are cheaper to run
• Customers favour them (particularly important if you plan to build blocks of flats for example, where the general public could end up being your end-user
• They are kinder to the environment
• Amongst many other things!
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With so many products to choose from on the market, it’s important you choose the right product. You can choose a water-based or electric-based system – and our recommendation would be an electric-based one because water-based systems, because these tend to only cover about 25% of the heated floor area, due to expansion and pipe width, making them not so good compared to other products that are out there.
Also, of course, heat rises, so if you install a heating system in the floor, you will always get optimum room temperatures at ground level. So for those commercial buildings that need extra ventilation in the roof, your staff can still remain warm while working and are less likley to be affected by extreme temperature changes.
There’s also no trip hazards, low maintenance and, it doesn’t matter the size of your room because heating systems can be enlarged to accomodate the area you plan to heat – plus it can be controlled much more easily.
SO, why Smart Warm?
Actually, Smart Warm is more than just an underfloor heating system. It is a pioneering piece of technology that uses thin aluminium strips, making it super flexible – so as well as being installed in the floor, it can also be used in walls and staircases too.
Due to its design, Smart Warm can also cover up to 65% of the heated area, as opposed to the usual 25% that water-based systems provide – and, in fact, most electric-powered heating systems can only use around 10% of the heatable area, making SMart Warm a head and shoulders above the rest.
But, being able to heat a larger area does not make Smart Warm more expensive to run – in fact it’s the opposite. Its large heat emitter can be powered using just 3-4 volts on a low-powered system. To put that into context, that is about 3 triple A batteries. Your laptop will need a voltage of around 18-19 volts to charge the battery up to its fullest power – but with the Smart Warm system, you could heat an entire room for around a quarter of that.
Also, installation is extremely fast – another consideration for commercial builds as you will want to be making your returns as quickly as possible.
Installation and assembly is quick and easy. A 150 m2 area can be installed in a day without the need for additional storage areas on site. That’s about the same size as an average parking space.
Plus, you can control each area of a building with separate thermostats – so if you want to pump more heat into a larger reception area or atrium, but less heat in meeting rooms or back offices, you can do that easily by creating different zones. The entire heating system is controlled by separate thermostats, which can also be made smart-accessible – you can control all the heating with an app on your smart phone or tablet.
Smart Warm is the solution
Never before has a heating system been so easy to use, yet so effective! Plus, it is cheaper, kinder to the planet, more aestheically pleasing, quick to install – what more could you need?
Contact us for a quote today, we look forward to hearing from you.