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Commercial Heating

Commercial premises are used in many different ways and serve varied purposes such as offices, factories, warehouses, farm buildings, hotels, restaurants etc where buildings can perform a sole function or in many cases house various functions under one roof. As a result there is no default way of heating commercial premises and each one needs to be individually assessed based on its function and usage to identify which commercial heating technology or combination thereof best meets the customerís requirements with regard to coverage, initial capital outlay and long term running costs.
Because of the variety of function of commercial buildings there are more options when choosing a commercial heating system than are available for heating your home. Below are brief descriptions of the commercial heating systems that we supply and install with links providing more information on each.

Commercial Heating solutions


Radiant infrared heating

Infrared heating is a fuel efficient method of commercial heating that can offer savings of up to 50% over blown air systems, additional savings of approximately 12% can be achieved by using two stage heaters.
Suspended gas-fired ceramic plaque or steel alloy tube heaters radiate infrared rays towards the floor which are absorbed by any object or person in their path heating them directly. The heated objects then re-radiate the heat into the room and warm the air through radiation and convection.
This method of commercial heating is particularly effective for areas with high ventilation or areas requiring spot heating as it does not rely on warm air transferring the heat to the occupants.
Because the radiant tubes and radiant plaques get very hot (above 500°C) there is a minimum mounting height for these heaters.

Blown air heating systems

These gas or oil fired commercial heaters warm the air and circulate it through the room. Floor standing and suspended models of heater are available and the air can be blown directly from the heater or ducted to different points around the room. Some models can perform heating and ventilation tasks. Additional circulation fans may be required to get even temperature throughout the room.
Heat is transferred by means of convection of the air.

Boiler and radiators

The familiar central heating system many of us have in our homes, comprising a gas or oil fired boiler that heats water circulating through radiators is nevertheless, the most appropriate form of heating for many commercial buildings.
Heat is transferred by heating the air of the room through radiation and convection.
Has the advantage of also providing hot water.

Underfloor heating

An alternative to radiators, underfloor heating takes the water from the boiler and runs it through loops of pipe concealed in the floor of the room giving even heat coverage across the whole floor space.
Good for heating regular shaped and larger areas.
Heat is transferred by heating the floor of the room which then heats the air through radiation and convection.

Radiant ceiling panels

A specialised form of radiator designed to be installed into the ceiling. Available for hot water or electricity based heating systems. As the radiators are mounted in the ceiling it frees up wall space but there is a minimum mounting height requirement.

Skirting radiators

Low-level skirting radiators are an alternative to conventional radiators and provide a less obtrusive and more even heating solution for residential or commercial buildings.

Trench heaters

Built into the floor, trench heaters, which are a specialised form of radiator, can be used as the primary method of commercial heating but are often used in a secondary role to stop downdraughts and condensation along glazed walls.

Renewable energy heating options

With increasing fossil fuel costs it is becoming more important to find ways to increase the efficiency of heating systems. One way is to incorporate renewable energy heating components into the system which will reduce bills and lower the CO2 output.
Heat pumps
Heat pumps absorb heat from their surroundings and channel it into the building. The heat can come from the ground, air or, less commonly, running water.
Solar heating
Solar heating can be integrated into any system based on a boiler, however, most condensing boilers cannot accept a feed from the solar panels for use in the heating circuit so the feed is usually fed into a tank that heats the water for hot taps only. One other use for this system is for heating swimming pools.

Radiant Heating Supplies Ltd is the UK distributor of Re-Verber-Ray radiant tube heaters and SBM radiant ceramic plaque industrial heating, poultry brooding and process burner systems.

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Radiant Heating Supplies Ltd supply and can arrange installation of any of the commercial heating solutions discussed on this page.