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This white paper is one of a series of thematic white papers covering various aspects of electrical installations in houses, flats and residential units. They are aimed at architects, designers, specification writers, decision makers and students.
To a large extent, the interior climate of a home determines how good the occupants feel in it. A correct interior temperature that does not fluctuate too much and sufficient fresh air create a pleasant living environment for the occupants. However, heating and cooling are the home’s great energy consumers.
So in this white paper we look at the different types of heat pump, zone heating - whether or not controlled by an Integrated Home System (IHS) - and we also investigate the use of decentralised circulating pumps. We conclude the heating section by describing how existing radiators can be boosted by means of a fan.
We also consider what needs to be taken into account when installing air conditioning, and we discuss the various methods of ventilating the home. Finally, we describe briefly how we can keep driveways, footpaths and parking spaces free of snow and ice.