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The Best Way to Heat Your School

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The Best Way to Heat Your School

It is a well-known fact that heating a school can be difficult with maintaining the correct temperature throughout the whole building being a challenge. Here we look at why it is so important to get your heating right within your school, as well as the best ways to achieve this.

Why is it so important to get your heating right within a school?

First of all, it is your responsibility to keep your pupils comfortable and in an environment where they can perform their best, which in return, will benefit your school’s performance. Not only is it common sense that you need to keep your pupils warm in the cold winters we experience, but it is also a legal requirement to do this. According to the NUT, there are different legal requirements of temperature in different rooms within a school such as 18oC in rooms with a normal level of activity. Find out more about the legal requirements here. 

So now that you know why it is important to get your heating just right in schools, take a look at the different ways this can be achieved.

Different options to heat your school

Choosing which heating method will depend on your school and its layout. With the most efficient outcome being decided once all requirements are known. However, here are the main options when it comes to school heating and getting it right in the different rooms within a school.

Boiler Heating

Usually, the best way to heat the smaller classrooms within a school will be through a boiler, feeding hot water to the classroom through the radiators situated in the rooms. This simple method will work well for small classrooms but will struggle to heat a large sports hall for example.

boiler heating through radiator

Warm Air Heating

Warm air heating is a popular method to heat a large space such as school gyms and main halls. This works by pumping a constant flow of warm air into the area allowing it to fill large spaces. However, there can be a negative to this method of heating. As we all know, heat rises, meaning that if your school has a high roof, a lot of heat will be lost with it rising to an area which has no need to be heated which leads to a less efficient method of heating your school.

suspended warm air heating

Destratification Fans

School gyms and hallways have high ceilings and using warm air heaters mean that some of the warm air will rise to the top. This can lead to wasted heat and result in higher energy costs. To stop this we can use suspended destratification fans from the ceiling where the warm air can be recirculated to the floor space.

Destratification Fans

Radiant Heating

Radiant heating is the other option. Rather than pumping warm air out into an open space, radiant heating works by heating objects that are close to the heater. This can combat the issue of heat rising to areas that do not need the heat. However, because you have to be close to the heater to receive the heat, this could mean, that in a large room, you may need more radiant tubes installing within the school to heat all areas.

radiant heater


School heating is important as well as complicated with different types of heating depending on the requirements of your school. At Swiftheat, we have experienced heating experts and are happy to help with your school heating needs. Contact us through our website, email: or by phone on 0161 764 4539

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