Radiant cassettes creating a warm environment in Farnham Village Hall, Essex
Heating Village Halls
Village halls and community halls are used for a wide variety of activities ranging from jumble sales and Pilates classes to badminton and even indoor football. Because it is almost impossible to predict the next activity to be catered for, it is important that the selected heating system is as flexible as possible.
Here is three of the most important considerations when selecting a heating system for a village hall.
1. High Mounting Position
Heaters mounted at high level will not occupy valuable wall or floor space and are less susceptible to mechanical damage. High level heaters also allow a more flexible use of space. For example, furniture can be re-positioned without having to take heaters into account.
2. Silent Operation
Silent radiant heaters tend to be preferred to noisy fan heaters. This may not be an issue for a rumbustious Scout group but could be very important when the hall is used for committee meetings and similar events.
Radiant cassettes can be mounted up to 9m meaning they do no interfere with activities/wall space at ground level
Cassettes are usually controlled via a thermostat and a timer to ensure running costs are kept to a minimum
3. Lowest Possible Running Costs
This point is so obvious it barely needs mentioning! However there are features about the patterns of community halls and village halls that make this consideration even more important. Some halls are used constantly and others are used sporadically.
In the next section of this article, we will examine the differences between long-wave and shortwave radiant heating and it will become clear that shortwave heating is better suited to sporadically used halls.
Long-Wave Radiant Heaters
Long-wave radiant cassettes are BN Thermic’s preferred means of heating village halls and community halls. The cassettes are generally ceiling-mounted or wall-mounted at high level and controlled by a suitable thermostat and programmable timer. Radiant cassettes operate silently, have a smart, modern appearance and critically do not emit any light. However, radiant cassettes are not instantly effective meaning that a degree of pre-heating is required.
Please click here for full details of BN Thermic’s radiant cassettes
Cassettes have a smart white finish and do look intrusive when installed
Quartz heaters providing instant comfort heat in Redesdale Hall, Moreton-in-Marsh , Gloucestershire
Shortwave Quartz Halogen Heaters
Halogen heaters do not require any pre-heating whatsoever. This makes halogen heaters ideal for village halls that are used on a sporadic and/or unpredictable basis. The heaters tend to be wall-mounted at high level and controlled by devices such as time delay switches or movement sensors to ensure that they are not left on when the hall is unoccupied.
Because halogen heaters operate in the shortwave part of the spectrum, some light output is inevitable. However the introduction of BN Thermic’s Magic Lamp reduces the light intensity to a barely discernible glow.
It should be noted that halogen heaters use glass halogen lamps making less resistant to mechanical damage than radiant cassettes.
Please click here for full details of BN Thermic’s range of halogen heaters including Magic Lamp models
Designing a Village Hall Heating System
Designing a village hall heating system, whether using radiant cassettes or halogen heaters, need to be carefully designed. The engineers at BN Thermic are very experienced and are always on hand to assist on 01293 547 361.
When required, they will visit a village hall, carry out a survey and provide a bespoke heating proposal. There is a never a charge for this service.
An example of a heating scheme designed by a BN Thermic engineer