Dimplex heat emitters are matched with heat pumps

Published:  04 April, 2012

Dimplex, space heating, heat pump
Designer heating meets heat pumps with the installation of Dimplex SmartRad fan convector radiators in new homes in Durham.

Dimplex SmartRad fan convectors have been teamed up with an air-source heat pump in an aspirational Swedish-style show home on the outskirts of Durham. Local housebuilder Dunelm Homes found that these units struck the right note with their combination of advanced performance, low-temperature sustainable heating and striking designer appearance.

The Climät Hus homes on this development have a contemporary open plan with integrated renewable technology, efficient heating systems and SmartRad heaters with white glass fronts in the bedrooms.

Paul White, technical director with Dunelm Homes says, ‘We knew that heat pumps were the way we wanted to go, and when we heard about Dimplex’s SmartRad radiators and how they give the responsiveness of conventional heating from a low-temperature system, it was a natural for the bedrooms, which need heating for only part of the day.

‘At the moment, we’re only using SmartRads in the bedrooms, with underfloor heating downstairs, but we have also priced to put SmartRads throughout. For us, one of SmartRad’s major advantages over underfloor is that they are a lot more accessible if any changes to the system need to be made, and this also has great customer appeal.’

SmartRad fan-convector radiators are designed for excellent performance with water temperatures as low as 40°C, making them ideal for use with heat pumps. An accurate thermostat avoids temperature overshoot and drift.

The four units in the range have nominal outputs from 800 to 1800 W, but varying the fan speed and water temperature enables them to span applications from 400 to 5 kW.

For more information on this story, click here: April 2012, 123

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