Problems with a heating system tend to get some people very hot and bothered, while others are simply left cold. Sometimes knowing where to start or what options are available can be a tricky business. The sheer volume of industry jargon involved in most heating applications is enough to get anyone’s temperature rising.
So, in an attempt to provide clarity and insight, the DAC has issued a guidance note tackling the hot topic of church heating. It can be found here. In it you will find a wealth of information about the different types of heating system, and the various processes involved in their installation. Pretty cool, right?
If you’re struggling with your church heating, there are a few basic points you should consider before throwing the boiler on the scrap heap.
Maintenance is good for your heating bills
A well maintained church has better thermal properties than one which is poorly maintained. Think of your church as an overcoat protecting you from the weather: if it’s completely saturated with water, and full of holes, you’ll feel cold wearing it. If the overcoat is dry and in good repair you’ll stay snug. So, make sure that the walls of your church are kept dry by clearing your gutters, and that the slipped slates or loose panes of glass are fixed to stop unnecessary air and heat exchange.
The way you use the building can impact on the effectiveness of your heating. How many entrances are in use on a Sunday morning? Will your welcome team stand with the door open? If you’re having trouble with the heating, you may want to reduce the number of doors in use or propped open regularly. If you have events during the week, is it possible to ensure they follow each other or occur on consecutive days? This will avoid the need to reheat the building from cold each time. All this may seem obvious, but when viewed as a whole it’s easy for these little matters to become big drains on your church heating.
Historic churches have received complaints about drafts and poor heating for centuries. However, our ancestors were better at dealing with the cold when it came to wearing better clothes. Wrapping up warm when staying inside may seem unusual in modern London, but that doesn’t mean your heating system is ineffective if your parish church fails to resemble Westfield shopping centre. Good clothing including thick-soled shoes and a hat reduces personal heat loss significantly.