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Churches and Heritage building heating

Churches and heritage buildings and halls are notoriously difficult to heat. This is an issue because most churches, heritage buildings and halls are occupied only intermittently, e.g. just a few hours a week for worship.

Church-building with Helios HPV3-60T infrared heaters

Benefits of SunSwitch infrared heating for churches and heritage buildings:

Churches and heritage buildings and halls are notoriously difficult to heat. They are usually poorly insulated by modern day standards, and may have thick stone walls and floors, so they also may have a high thermal mass. This means they take a long time to heat up and a lot of heat energy is used in the process. This is an issue because most churches, heritage buildings and halls are occupied only intermittently, e.g. just a few hours a week for worship.

Traditional heating can be very damaging to older churches, particularly where they are subjected to weekly heating cycles. It is only in the last 150 years that we have sought to heat churches and often the signs of damage are evident. The thermal and humidity shocks caused by warming air, coupled with the release of moisture from people, produces condensation on cold walls, timbers and artworks. This presents a tremendous challenge for conservation. The damage is cumulative with long term implications. The black mould spots of the Stachybotrys fungus, dry rot and wet rot are all too familiar.

SunSwitch shortwave infrared provides a completely different heating technique with major benefits:

  • Instant warmth

  • Highly controllable
  • Energy-efficient
  • Outstanding comfort
  • Kind to the building fabric

Bespoke Control Panels

Our off-the-shelf controllers listed below go up to 6kW and are great when installing one or two heaters. However, for larger industrial installations, where multiple heaters exceeding 6kW are being used to warm an area and require to be controlled simultaneously, we also offer bespoke control panels. For more information and to contact us with your requirements, please click here.

Heaters we recommend for churches and heritage buildings