Radiant trounces underfloor in the great sports hall heating battle

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Release Date: 25/11/2010

There can be no doubt about it – radiant tube is the acknowledged leader when it comes to heating large multi-use sports hall. Whichever way you look at it – comfort levels, economy, ease of maintenance, safety – overhead radiant systems are so far ahead of the competition that they can’t see it for dust.

Why, then, does anyone consider specifying underfloor heating for sports halls? The choice is wrong in every aspect.

Underfloor is a great heating system used in a huge variety of applications. Homes, offices and smaller shops are all ideal settings for the neat, discreet underfloor tubes that keep the floor surface and air above it warm.

But sports halls have very different requirements from domestic and retail settings, and these are at odds with the benefits of underfloor heating.

Take the average sports hall – one attached to a school, for example. It will be around 600m² in floor area with a roof height of 8 metres, up to 10m to the apex. The volume of air in the building is therefore approximately 5,500m³.

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