The efficient and cost effective heating of churches presents a unique combination of challenges; both technical and aesthetic. A successful church heating system will be effective, economic and as unobtrusive as possible.
Typically, churches are tall buildings with a correspondingly large air volume to floor area ratio. They tend to be used intermittently and often have poor thermal properties. These factors mean that conventional space heating is rarely practical.
BN Thermic has provided church heating systems for many years and, over this time, has developed two distinct approaches. Both are direct heating systems in that they heat people directly rather than building up and maintaining a body of warm air. Both systems are silent and draught free.
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Pew heaters are installed directly below a pew’s seat and provide direct, gentle warmth to the pew’s occupants.
These are the features that make pew heaters particularly well-suited to church heating.
Pew heaters are 100% effective within minutes of being switched on thus avoiding lengthy and expensive periods of pre-heating.
Because pew heaters heat people directly, there is no need to heat unoccupied pews. All that is needed is a simple switch tucked away under the pew seat for basic on/off control.
Suitability for the Environment
BN Thermic’s pew heaters are painted dark brown and, once installed under a pew’s seat, are barely visible.
One potential problem with a low mounting position, is mechanical damage from accidental kicks and knocks. For this reason, the BN Thermic pew heater has a tough all-steel construction for many years of trouble free service.
BN Thermic’s Halogen heaters are widely used for heating churches, especially when there are no fixed pews to accommodate pew heaters. Halogen heaters are mounted at high level and emit shortwave energy that passes through the air with virtually no losses until it is experienced as warmth by people entering its target area. A well-designed halogen heating system requires an understanding of the thermal footprints and the required heat density. Our engineers are very experienced in this area and are always available to help design a bespoke church heating scheme.
From an economy standpoint, halogen heaters cannot be beaten as they are 100% effective the instant they ae turned on. However, it would be remiss not to mention the associated light output. Modern halogen heaters emit a pink/orange glow which is generally accepted in churches. This was not the case with the ruby-filtered lamps of a previous generation. BN Thermic offers other forms of radiant heaters using long-wave and medium-wave heat emitters which operate without light output but unfortunately, we have not generally found these technologies to be effective in traditional churches.
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