Office heating and cooling
There are many possibilities to tackle good indoor climate comfort solutions in offices. These include standard panel radiators, radiant heat panels for ceilings, underfloor heating, underground or ventilation convectors, plinth radiators and ultra-low temperature radiators. Whatever your project, it is important to choose a proper solution to create an optimal indoor climate in an environment where we spend so much of our time.
The critical aspects for choosing the right office heating and cooling and ventilation are:
- Good, draft free ventilation and cooling
- Optimal temperature
- Silent solution
Large office buildings: reducing carbon footprintNew larger office buildings commonly opt for radiant heating panels for ceilings as their heating solution. It is a device that can be controlled externally, to avoid any excessive heating and energy consumption. Large enterprises tend to have a huge impact on the climate, so their environmental responsibilities are greater and there is more pressure on them to set the example in reducing their carbon footprint! These radiant heating panels are also compatible with low temperatures and renewable heating sources like heat pumps.
Another low temperature solution for offices can be underfloor heating and underground or ventilation convectors, which can also be controlled externally. Most of the time these convectors are also able to cool the room in the summertime.
Small offices and home officesAs smaller office buildings and home offices tend to resemble the residential market, more flexible and adjustable heating solutions can be used.
Radiators can react quickly to changing demands for office heating and can be adjusted to provide flexible comfort levels. Rapid responses are enabled with the combination of small thermal mass and well emitting materials in steel radiators. Plinth radiators are ideal products for office heating when looking for discrete solutions, especially where an office space consists of large windows.
When using a heat pump as energy source, underfloor heating and convectors are the perfect combination of constant, flexible heat. Also, as an alternative to classic low temperature radiators, an ultra-low temperature radiator can also provide comfortable with adjustable heating and even cooling, at 35/30°C.
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Trying to create the ‘perfect’ climate in an office is a very difficult challenge due to the many factors that we must consider. A healthy indoor air must be provided at the right comfortable temperature in all the seasons of the year, so it has become very important to provide systems that can do both, heat and cool. In a large office space with often flexible workplaces, it is important to achieve a uniform temperature over the entire space. Climate ceilings are often used for this purpose, with or without additional underfloor heating.
In meeting rooms where the need for heating or cooling is highly dependent on the number of people, it is advisable to use supplementary fan convectors. In addition to choosing the right heating and cooling system, it is also important that good sun protection systems are installed in offices with a lot of glass to limit external influences on the indoor climate.