Abdul and SUKA Heating
Energy efficient electric heating systems.
I’ve been involved in the energy-saving industry for over a decade; having obtained a professional qualification in environment, development and energy conservation, it has always been my ambition to set up a business that does exactly that.
My country of birth – Ghana – relied solely on hydro power for its energy for the first 40 years after independence. The way we managed energy was akin to being truly green.
…and that was, but still is simply switching the lights off and/or going for energy-efficient products such as efficient lighting and efficient heating
This way is cheaper and far better than going for fancy wind turbines and solar pv systems if one remains with the usual lifestyle and still consume the same amount of energy.
It’s great to have lived in Germany for nearly a decade where the green and organic movement are well rooted and no longer just as a hype. We in the UK do have a long way to catch up. But catch up we will!
So my company Suka Heating is here to help contribute to that journey.
Principles of heating and feeling warm
Before one is able to choose the right heating product, one needs to analyse the basic heating requirements of each client.
Elderly Mr. & Mrs. S in their small retirement bungalow in Dawlish have different heating requirements to Mr. & Mrs. T living in a large farmhouse in an exposed area of Dartmoor. A church or village hall both have different heating requirements than a normal householder or someone owning a barn conversion used for holiday lets.
Feeling warm is a very subjective matter. How often have you experienced two people in a room, one of whom is cold and the other feeling too warm? So heating needs to suit the needs of each individual as much as possible. It is NOT a case of just providing 22 ° C (approx. 72 ° F) of heat in a room.
Most electrical heating from different systems provide heat via convection, so that the air is warmed and circulated in the room to reach the required temperature of 22 ° C. These systems have the disadvantages of:
- Causing the hot air to rise quickly so that the ceilings are warm and the floors are cold. Result: warm heads and cold feet, a very unhealthy state of affairs.
- The circulation of air causes dust to circulate, this is sucked into the heaters and is burned and leaves unsightly black marks on walls. The circulated dust is also a major cause for allergy sufferers to suffer even more.
- Convected air is also usually very dry air leading to a dry inside climate/atmosphere of the room. This too is unhealthy, especially for older people as eyes and sinuses dry out, which in turn leads to a higher risk of illness.
Suka heating works in a different manner. Suka copies the sun and relies on the best of all heat: RADIANT HEAT
Benefits of Radiant heat
- Less temperature is required to feel warm, so less energy is used. Using less energy saves you money AND helps the environment. Just think of the winter when the sun is shining and you go outside. The air temperature may only be just above freezing, but your exposed skin soon feels warm from the sun. This is why skiers often sunbathe at the tops of mountains in winter, with much skin exposed to the sun! The receptors in the skin’s surface react very quickly to radiant heat; much more and much quicker than to warm/hot air. So having hot air circulating in your home is NOT the most efficient way of heating.
- Radiant heat also warms up the walls and furniture of a room and these too store the heat and radiate it out. The house shell and its contents are used as thermal mass and are then a store of heat. This means only top up heat is required. Compare this with an electrical immersion heater, which is well lagged. It is far cheaper to keep such a heater switched on, than to keep switching it on and off in the mistaken belief that you save energy. Remember how long a simple stone, which has been warmed by the winter sun, will retain its heat compared to a stone, which has been subjected to just hot air.
- Compare a 2 KW hair drier, a 2 KW iron and a 2 KW slim-line radiator from Suka They all require 2 KW of power, yet which one will heat a room for you? The Suka radiator, thanks to its storage capacity and sensitive thermostatic control (which measures the temperature at floor level), only requires approx. 15 minutes of electricity to provide 60 minutes of warmth. This heat radiated out over a large surface area will give you the most comfortable warmth compared to the hair dryer and iron!
Visit Sueka Today for energy efficient electric heating systems.