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HEATING AT ST BRITIUS

St Britius is a Grade 2* building dating from 12th/13th century
 (see our guide https://www.bncommunity.org/brize_norton/bnchurch_guide.htm)

The original heating system consisted of two fan heaters under floor grills by the main door
and in front the the altar rail, plus tubular heaters under some of the pews.

We installed new under-pew heaters a few year's back.   These are either under the seat or
in front depending on the original electric cables.  The pictures below show the knave
of the church and a selection of the pew-heaters.  In some cased, three heaters per pew and
in others two heaters.  The chancel has smaller heaters.

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As you can see each heater is plugged individually, but they are also grouped so that different areas can we switched on or off.
The congregation are NOT expected to switch the individual heaters on or off.  The whole system is controlled with a time switch.

We also have a heat curtain above the main door.

If we put the heating on twenty minutes before the service this is usually adequate, but if needs be we switch the system on for longer
depending on the length of the service or activity.

We only have under pew heating at the front of the knave and in the chancel.  Since we move the pews around towards the
back of the nave there are no fixed cables and sockets.  We are thinking of adding some extra portable heaters on tripods.

Given the volume of air to be heated - the ceilings are high with no roof insulation,  our under-pew heating is the
most practical solution.

The following Spreadsheet shows the numbers of heaters and their consumption, this spreadsheet was
also used to estimate the costs at the time of instillation.

The installation was carried out by our own electrician with help from members of our congregation.  Extra circuits were
put in to cope with the load as was an extra fuse box connected with a control panel with switches for each
area of the church eg pews front right, front left, etc.

 

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Phil Holmes  Updated on Tuesday 10 April 2011