Have you ever stopped to ask yourself how churches are heated Most of us go n there during winter but we aren’t curious about where the heating comes from. Church heating is a lot more complex the heating a home. It requires large amounts of heat to be dissipated over large areas. This heat has to be distributed in such a way that it is even all over the church. If you take into account that churches have lots of doors and windows as well as very high ceilings, the task gets even more complicated. So are there any specific church heaters that can do this? As a matter of fact there are but they may not all be very effective. Here are some of the more common ones.
Under pew heaters
These are heaters that look like tubes that are installed beneath pews. They are supposed to solely warm the air keeping everyone warm. As you can imagine, they heat the feet more than the rest of the body so people complain about having hot feet. They have other drawbacks as well; they take a very long time to heat up and after they do, they give off very little heat. The fact that parishioners tend to touch them often means they have to be replaced frequently.
These are mounted to the wall and they are connected to the main electricity grid and can be switched on at any time. The only problem with panel heaters is that they cannot spread heat all over the church. For this to happen, they would have to be installed in many different locations which ends up making a church look rather shabby.
Radiant heating seems to be the least preferred baptistery heaters in the market. Although they are heavily marketed on some websites as being the best way to heat churches, don’t be fooled. Churches that installed them when they were first released into the market will tell you that they would prefer any other kind of church heaters. One of the reasons is because they are simply unsightly. They are large and when installed next to quaint church architecture, they take away its beauty. In terms of the heat they produce, radiant heating has been described as leaving a hot head cold feet effect. It has also been known to destroy the fabric of the church itself and uses a lot of electricity. The combination of all negatives these means that churches use this kind of heating only when they absolutely must.
Gas fires convector heating
As the name suggests, this kind of heating uses gas and convection to spread heat. Convection is the process through which heated air is released into a room and is then replaced by more cold air which undergoes the same process. Gs is used to heat up plates which then heat the air and release it into the church hall. You will find different sized units for different sized rooms. One very important thing to note about this kind of heating is that all combustion must take place outside the church. If the combusted gas byproducts were to enter the church, they can be fatal. The church also has to be very careful about the gas and network of pipes that provide the gas to the unit. Does this church heater have any shortcomings? Yes, the plates tend to get very hot and they can cause damage. With some alterations it can be made to work though. Of all the methods of church heating that are available today, this one seems like a good choice so long as extra precaution is taken.