THE OPTIMAL TEMPERATURE FOR LEARNING
As it turns out, there is an optimal temperature for learning. A test carried out by Fraunhofer IBP (2015) shows that the temperature in the classroom has a significant influence on the test results of the students and that both over and under temperature lead to a lower test result. Therefore, the heating of educational institutions is not a common thing of heating.
THE SCHOOL HEATING CHALLANGE
Many schools take advantage of the natural light that comes with installing large window sections. With large window sections, however, also comes the heating challenge. During the summer, the windows act as a magnifier for sunrays and the room temperature quickly rockets to sky-high degrees.
The opposite problem occurs during winter, when the poorly insulated windows allow for chilling cold draughts that have the students freezing all day. To solve this problem, a heat source must be chosen that is easily adaptable and effectively heats where the heat is needed.
GET LOW WATER CONTENT
Radiators with a large surface and a low water content are regulated very quickly and thus have a minimum of accumulated heat. A fast adaptation to external influences means a lower level of energy consumption and lower CO₂ levels which essentially benefit the environment and keep heating costs down. By using radiators instead of underfloor heating and other heavy heat sources you avoid over-temperatures, achieve optimal and instant climate adaptation, and have less heat loss at the correct temperature.
TEMPERATURES AND ENERGY CONSUMPTION
Low water content is a feature that reduces heat loss and allows for high adaptability. Low water content equals a fast response time, meaning it heats up quickly and, importantly, cools down quickly. That prevents overheating and wasted energy, which is a problem with underfloor heating and older radiators.
Apart from the added comfort that comes with rapidly adaptable temperatures, low water content is also good for the environment. The faster the water can be heated and cooled down, the less energy is used to achieve the right temperature, thus making low water content radiators very energy efficient.
Heat is not just heat. It is not enough just to think about the amount of heat needed when you choose radiators for your project. An aspect which is very often neglected, but is just as important, is the heat distribution options.
- Heats objects directly rather than the air in between
- Fast, travels in any direction
- Good when the air changes often (e.g., in hallways, walkways, etc.)
- Easy to clean
- Heats air rather than people
- Provides a comfortable room temperature in rooms with a high turnover of people
- Circulates dust and pollution
- Hard to clean
- Heated air travels mainly vertically
Radiation and convection can be combined to form the absolute best heating solution for the respective location. It is a matter of choosing the right radiator
THE SAFETY ASPECT
Specifying the appropriate radiator that provides students and staff with comfort as well as optimal safety can be a challenge. Sharp radiator edges may be hazardous for active children, and high radiator surface temperatures caused by high inlet temperatures may cause burns.
Rounded edges or built-in radiators are an optimal solution to reduce risk of contusions. LST stands for” low surface temperature” and the Hudevad LST I Plus are among the best on the market for safe-to touch radiators. They are especially perfect for use in buildings where safety is of the utmost importance.
For build-in radiators our Plan Horizontal or Plan XV Vertical are perfect for the job. They can easily become and active part of the interior decoration or be virtually impossible and blend in with the environment.