To help with your decision-making, understand the concept of heat distribution. How does a work station’s heater get heat to areas that need it? Heat distribution worksheet, commonly referred to as a heat map, helps identify heat in specific locations. Based on the heat distribution in a place, you can assess what heat needs to be applied where in your home or office.
The worksheet divides your work station’s function into five sections: ventilation, control, heat sink, air flow, and heat output. Understanding these concepts will help in determining how to best fit your system into your design. For example, if your room is warmed by a central air conditioner, then you will want to use that system to provide cooling throughout your work station. But what if you live in an area where it’s hot and muggy all year round?
Consider using cooling fans instead of AC units. If your building has air conditioning, there are many options for installing cooling units into your work station. The typical method is through a loop. What is a loop?
Cooling loops are space-saving ways to install cooling units in buildings. Your cooling unit moves through a duct or tubing system. This duct system is installed in a space-saving manner to provide a system for cooling. The tubing is built into your current duct work. Once this is installed, you will need to control the tubing so it is routed in the correct direction.
On the other hand, if your building does not have air conditioning, then you may need to consider cooling fan systems. A cool fan operates more like a blower than a blower motor. This means the cooler air circulates around the fans’ blades to bring cool air into your work station. Installation of a cooling fan will be similar to installing a blower unit. You will need to run tubing into the ductwork of your work station. A blower unit can be used where a duct system is not available because it is more energy efficient and less messy.
How do you know where to direct the heat? It may be necessary to install more than one unit. However, it is important to use ductwork from unit to unit so that the heat is evenly distributed throughout your space. Remember that larger units are more efficient and can help you reduce your utility costs. Generally, two-thirds of your total unit wattage should be directed towards the areas in which you need it most.
There are many advantages to the heat distribution worksheet. The principles of heat distribution can be applied to many types of systems. So, think about where you want to put your head to see where you want to install the best piece of heat distribution.