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How To Calculate Space Heating Specifications

To allow you to recognize the heat needs of a space you need to have to recognize how heat is lost from a space and how speedily this takes place. This is to allow you to calculate the heat output you need and how speedily you need to have to heat a space to retain the preferred or design and style temperature.

Speedy Rule of Thumb Route

Step 1

Calculate the location of the space to be heated in m2

Measure and record the external or internal length in metres.

Measure and record the external or internal width in metres.

Instance: Length 10m x Width 5m = 50m2

Step Two

Calculate the heat requirement of the space by employing guidelines of thumb for distinctive spaces.

Beneath are guides to heat needs:

Living Area 60W/m2 21 Deg C

Bathroom 70W/m2 21 Deg C

Kitchen 60W/m2 16 Deg C

Bedroom 60W/m2 18 Deg C

Hall and Landing 60W/m2 16 Deg C

This is primarily based on strong brick or block dwellings with cavity thermal insulation and double glazed windows.


Length 10m x Width 5m

= 50m2 x 60W/m2

= three,000W

= three kW

This instance can also be utilised to calculate the output necessary for a new boiler installation

Precise Heat Loss Calculation Route

To calculate the certain heat loss in a space you have to take into account the temperatures of the outdoors space and the preferred inside space. There is an accepted temperature criteria, which is – four Deg C minimum outdoors temperature and the preferred temperatures as shown above in the Rule of Thumb step two.

To carry out the certain heat loss calculation you measure the space dimensions internally i.e. height, width and length in metres. Calculate the location of the windows in m2 and subtract this from the wall location and measure and calculate in m2 the ceiling and floor locations.

With the above carried out we can start out to calculate the loss of heat via the material of the space e.g. Walls, floor, windows and roof or ceiling. In addition, calculate the heat needs of the infiltration ventilation, from locations of the space that let air into the space from outdoors from beneath doors or via windows with no draft proofing, and so forth…

This we use for air alter prices inside the space.

The way heat loss is calculated is by measuring the location and multiplying it by the recognized U worth for the material. This is the thermal resistance of the material multiplied by the thickness of the material. There are tables offered providing U values of components e.g. an unfilled cavity wall has a U worth of 1.six.

These values are calculated from the K worth of the material multiplied by the thickness of the material.

Calculation instance:

Space Temp 21/Outdoors -four/Air Modifications three/Differential Temp 25

Area: Living Dimensions x U Values = certain heat loss

Air 10 x five = 50 x three = 150m3 x .33 = 50

Glass 1 x two = 2m2 x three. = 9.five

Walls (external) 10 + five x three = 45-two=43m2 x .45 = 19

Floor 10 x five = 50m2 x .10 = five

Roof/Ceiling 10 x five = 50m2 x .54 = 27

Precise heat loss total = 110 x 25

Total Heat Loss = two,750W HLoss Total

If we round up the outcome to three,000w or 3kW you can see that we have lost 250W from our original rule of thumb calculation. This will not often be the case and if we had far more window location, far more outdoors walls or far more air alterations we would have far more heat loss. In addition, it should really be remembered that the rule of thumb is an approximation.

This can now be applied to each and every space and to radiator sizing calculations and schedules.

Historically a margin was often added to the calculation when radiator sizing of 11%. So, if we take our 3kW and add 11% it becomes three.33kW say three.5kW.

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