Using Infrared Technology in Your Listed Property
If you’re the proud owner of a listed property, you’ll know that you’ve invested in a piece of history, you’ve invested in a building that is considered to be of particular architectural value, and as a byproduct of this, you’ve invested in a property that is subject to certain construction rules.
You have to be cautious with how you alter your property, because certain laws are in place to criminalise damage to listed properties, making development of these buildings a risky game. These old buildings tend to come with flawed features that make modern life uneconomical. You can expect heat to escape, damp to occur, and poor ventilation, so it’s no surprise that you would want to bring this property into the 21st century.
Why Use Infrared Heating?
As listed buildings are notorious for poor insulation and subsequent heat loss, developers and owners of these properties are continually searching for heating methods that reduce unnecessary energy consumption. Typical convection heaters are inefficient, even in modern homes, taking a long time to bring a room to the correct temperature, and losing heat quickly when the system is turned off.
This is because convection works by continually heating up (and then circulating) the cold air in a room. Convection heating is difficult to measure and control, often resulting in a room temperature that is either too hot or too cold – it’s difficult to find a happy medium. Infrared, on the other hand, heats objects (including people) directly, meaning the sense of warmth comes faster, the heater’s smart-controls allow you to choose the temperature with pinpoint accuracy, and they continually respond to temperature changes, wasting less heat – and energy – in the process.
Things to Consider: Regulations
There are regulations in place when you’re altering a listed building, with regulations generally stating that you should avoid work that disturbs the historic fabric of the building, with any new additions being placed as discreetly as possible.
An infrared heater will generally be plugged into a wall socket and mounted on the wall, and is then good to go. This means that you should consider how well-equipped your property is for supporting electrical items. Depending on its age, it might have old sockets that need updating, or the wiring behind the walls and under the floors might need to be altered.
The building may have an existing heating system in place, and with the installation of your infrared unit, you will have to disable or remove the old system. You should consider how this will be altering the property and the likelihood of damage that might come as a result of making these changes.
You should assess the structural integrity of your property. Although modern infrared heating units are designed to be lightweight, it is important that the surface on which you mount them can sustain their weight.
Things to Consider: Aesthetic
Listed buildings are given their status as a result of their historical value and their visual appeal, and the aesthetic of the property is taken into account when assessing any alterations to it.
If your planned work requires you to install recessing items, i.e. ones that require some form of internal wiring or surface alteration, you should avoid placing them on surfaces that are considered to be important to the building. You can invest in infrared units that are disguised as mirrors or towel rails, making them unobtrusive alternatives to panel units.
Make Your Listed Property More Efficient
Older properties are prone to heat loss because of their less efficient structures, and choosing a less wasteful form of heating has the potential to bring down monthly energy bills. Not only does it have proven cost-saving effects, but infrared heat has also been linked to combatting the damp that is often associated with listed buildings.
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