HEATING AT ST BRITIUS
The original heating system consisted of two fan heaters
under floor grills by the main door
and in front the the altar rail, plus tubular heaters under some of the
We installed new under-pew heaters a few year's back. These
are either under the seat or
in front depending on the original electric cables. The pictures
below show the knave
of the church and a selection of the pew-heaters. In some cased,
three heaters per pew and
in others two heaters. The chancel has smaller heaters.
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As you can see each heater is plugged individually, but they are also
grouped so that different areas can we switched on or off.
The congregation are NOT expected to switch the individual heaters on or
off. The whole system is controlled with a time switch.
We also have a heat curtain above the main door.
If we put the heating on twenty minutes before the service this is
usually adequate, but if needs be we switch the system on for longer
depending on the length of the service or activity.
We only have under pew heating at the front of the knave and in the
chancel. Since we move the pews around towards the
back of the nave there are no fixed cables and sockets. We are
thinking of adding some extra portable heaters on tripods.
Given the volume of air to be heated - the ceilings are high with no
roof insulation, our under-pew heating is the
most practical solution.
Spreadsheet shows the numbers of heaters and their consumption,
this spreadsheet was
also used to estimate the costs at the time of instillation.
The installation was carried out by our own electrician with help
from members of our congregation. Extra circuits were
put in to cope with the load as was an extra fuse box connected with
a control panel with switches for each
area of the church eg pews front right, front left, etc.