Radiant Cooling, Thermal Comfort, Thermostats

Comparing the Top 5 Thermostats for Commercial and Residential Use in 2018

Radiant cooling/heating thermostats are in a class all their own.

Compared to typical thermostats for conventional HVAC systems, there is the need for nuanced temperature controls among other functions with radiant systems.

While thermostats have become highly technical, there is a need for usability. The average person should have the ability to optimally control the thermal comfort of a space.

Ideally, radiant cooling/heating thermostats are easy to use, but sensitive enough to regulate a system to the desired temperature for the dweller.

In essence, a radiant system is only as good as its thermostat.

Today, we’re going to run through the top 5 thermostats for radiant cooling & heating systems.

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Indoor Air Quality, Radiant Cooling, Thermal Comfort

Make your building’s radiant cooling and heating ‘SMART’ with Uponor’s Smatrix PRO

Even with the best HVAC or radiant cooling and heating systems in place, there is the challenge of temperature control.

Why?

Climate is variable. It’s that simple.

Therefore, internal temperatures vary.

Internal factors matter too.

A building’s structure, purpose and shape all influence the type of temperature control system needed for optimal efficiency.

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Comfort Panels, Thermal Comfort

Using Comfort Panels In Commercial Spaces

Improving comfort, working conditions and motivation is an important consideration for owners and users of commercial structures. Whether it be multi-storey buildings, office, industrial or commercial space, buildings need to provide a healthy and productive working environment.

To help designers and engineers meet this need, high performance ceiling cooling and heating systemsshould be used. Continue reading

HVAC Systems, TABS, Thermal Comfort

The Benefits of Thermally Active Building Systems

The use of thermally active building systems (TABS) started in Switzerland in the early 1990’s. Mostly used in new office buildings, TABS have been installed in offices across Europe, North America and Asia.

TABS are water-based heating/cooling systems in which pipes are embedded in concrete slabs of buildings. The main advantage of using this system is that it reduces the peak load by activating the thermal storage capacity of the buildings concrete slabs.

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Thermal Comfort

Thermal Comfort in Practice

In the previous post, we looked at the importance of considering and understanding thermal comfort of occupants during the design stage of a building. We described the six variables that affect thermal comfort; namely humidity, air velocity, air temperature, radiant temperature, metabolic heat and clothing insulation. Now let us turn to how exactly our thermal environments have an impact on our comfort indoors. Continue reading

Thermal Comfort

Understanding Thermal comfort

In developed and rapidly industrialising countries, the average person spends about 90% of his or her life indoors, and much of that time is spent at work in commercial office buildings. While comfort is clearly important during all that time spent indoors, the traditional air temperature-centric design approach used in buildings for decades is inefficient. Continue reading

Comfort Panels, Radiant Cooling, Thermal Comfort

Planning & Designing Ceiling Cooling Solutions Part 1

Improving comfort, working conditions and motivation is an important consideration for owners and users of commercial structures. Whether it be multi-storey buildings, office, industrial or commercial space, buildings need to provide a healthy and productive working environment. Continue reading

HVAC Systems, Radiant Cooling, Sustainable Building, Thermal Comfort

Building For Thermal Comfort

The indoor environment and microclimate of a building is one of the most important factors that will come to define the success of the building being used for its designed purpose. A modern multi-story office building is of no use for its intents and purposes if it cannot sustain a relative degree of comfort for its human occupants.

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