Old Buildings
10. October 2023

The challenges of renovating old buildings: Rethinking heating & cooling

Old buildings pose special challenges in terms of heating and cooling during renovations. Despite their energy inefficiency and historical preservation requirements, innovative heating and cooling strips offer a modern and efficient solution that preserves the historic character.

Old buildings often serve as witnesses of past architectural periods and exude a unique charm and character. However, when it comes to renovating such structures in terms of heating and cooling, various challenges come to the forefront:

  1. Energetic inefficiency: Old buildings were constructed at a time when energy efficiency and insulation were not a priority, often leading to significant energy losses through poorly insulated walls, windows, and roofs.
  1. Historical preservation: Many old buildings are protected as historical landmarks, which means that structural changes may be restricted or even prohibited. This can limit the options for installing modern heating and cooling systems.
  1. Room structures: The often high ceilings and large rooms in old buildings can make it challenging to achieve an even distribution of heat and cold.
  1. Outdated heating systems: Old heating systems, such as coal stoves or night storage heaters, are often inefficient and cannot be easily replaced by modern systems without extensive structural modifications.
  1. Moisture issues: Due to inadequate insulation and old construction methods, old buildings can be susceptible to moisture problems that can affect heating and cooling.
  1. Costs: Renovating old buildings can be expensive, especially when it comes to bringing them up to modern energy efficiency standards.
  1. Technical challenges: Integrating modern technologies into old building structures can be complex, as the original construction methods and materials may not be compatible with today's standards.

Despite these challenges, with careful planning and the right technologies, it is possible to efficiently heat and cool old buildings while preserving their character and providing modern comfort.

The innovative heating and cooling strips offer a variety of solutions specifically tailored to the challenges of renovating old buildings in terms of heating and cooling:

  1. Flexibility in installation: The heating and cooling strips are designed to easily adapt to various room structures and sizes. They can be mounted both horizontally and vertically, which is particularly useful in old buildings with unusual room layouts.
  1. Energy efficiency: The strips operate with a low supply temperature, making them highly energy-efficient. This can help reduce heating costs in poorly insulated old buildings.
  1. Aesthetics: The sleek and modern designs of the heating and cooling strips seamlessly blend into the ambiance of old buildings without compromising the historical character of the structure.
  1. Space-saving: Unlike traditional radiators, heating and cooling strips require minimal space and can even be installed behind furniture or curtains without compromising their efficiency.
  1. Quick response time: The strips can quickly heat up or cool down rooms, which is particularly useful in old buildings with large rooms and high ceilings.
  1. Reduction of moisture problems: The even distribution of heat by the heating and cooling strips can help reduce condensation issues that are often encountered in old buildings.
  1. Compatibility with renewable energy: The heating and cooling strips can be operated with various energy sources, including renewable energy like solar or geothermal.
  1. Hygienic and healthy: The strips reduce dust circulation and are easy to clean, contributing to better indoor air quality.
  1. Cost-effectiveness: Despite the initial investment, heating and cooling strips can lead to long-term cost savings due to their energy efficiency and durability.


Overall, the innovative heating and cooling strips provide a modern, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing solution to the challenges faced when renovating old buildings in terms of heating and cooling. They combine cutting-edge technology with flexibility and design to meet the specific requirements of old buildings.

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