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Samek, L and De Maeyer-Worobiec, A and Spolnik, Z and Bencs, L and Kontozova, V and Bratasz, L and Kozłowski, R and Van Grieken, R (2007) The impact of electric overhead radiant heating on the indoor environment of historic churches. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 8 (4). pp. 361-369. ISSN 12962074

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The impact of electric overhead radiant heaters on the microclimate, air flows, transport and deposition of suspended particulate matter (SPM) was monitored between March 2004 and March 2005 in the historic churches of Saint Michael Archangel in Szalowa and Saint Catherine in Cracow (Poland). The measurements show that although irradiation at the floor level increases temperature and reduces relative humidity in the interior of the church, the effect out of the heated zone and for the surfaces sheltered from irradiation is very limited, i.e. their extent is comparable with natural fluctuations inherent to the local climate of the church. The radiant heaters proved to generate little convectional flow of the air. Therefore, the heating system was not found to increase the concentration of SPM indoors; in particular, no re-suspension of particles already present in the church was observed. This work has demonstrated that the overhead radiant heaters are capable of providing localised heat to the areas where people congregate without adversely affecting painted walls and the works of arts displayed in churches. Care, however, should be taken that sensitive works of art are not exposed to the direct infrared radiation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Church; Radiant heating; Microclimate; Air movement; Air pollution
Subjects: English > Climate Control > Heating
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Depositing User: Anna Samuelsson
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2008 10:33
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 16:34

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