It’s Child’s Play….a simple guide to heating a child’s nursery.
When considering how to heat a nursery or any area used by children there are five things that must be considered when selecting suitable radiators.
1. The right outputs for the space. The system needs to be able to meet the heat loss requirements worked out by a qualified heating consultant or engineer. This heat loss figure is normally given in either kilowatts (kW) or British Thermal Units (BTUs) and represents the energy required to keep a room at a given temperature on the coldest days.
2. Heating on demand. A heating system must provide quick and efficient results meaning when the heat is required the time to responds should be as quick as possible For instance, if a commercial children’s nursery opens for 8am and the heating system doesn’t get the room up to temperature for an hour or so there are added complications in managing the comfort of young children, babies and staff.
3. Safe to touch. Ensure that no part of radiators accessible to children itself will exceed a safe temperature such as 43C – Low Surface Temperature radiators (LST) are the safest choices.
4. Exposed pipework dangers. Exposed pipework could potentially burn a child if they grabbed or touched it. So protect against this danger ensure that the radiator casings are finished to floor level both the pipework and internal panel or heating element are completely encased.
5. No sharp edges: The external radiators casings should also have smoothed or curved corners, to limit any injuries if anyone falls against them.
Get the sizes right. In commercial and residential spaces, wall space is often limited, especially where desks and other furniture must be accommodated. Choosing the most economical and efficient product must be balanced with ensuring the maximum output from as small a unit as possible.
Stay in control: Choosing how to control the radiators is also a consideration, either a thermostatic head on each unit, if so at low or high level. Or lockshields on each to control multiple units via an in line valve and room stat – allowing the teacher or supervisor to be in charge of temperature control, especially if located next to their desk.
The above guidelines considered at the planning stages will ensure a safe and efficient solution is created for children and vulnerable people of any age.