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Why temperature control is important in leisure centres

Imagine working out in an uncomfortably hot leisure centre gym. You’d probably find it hard to hit your workout targets, although it might be handy if you’re in training for the Marathon Des Sable. It’s also likely to be deeply unpleasant if you exit the swimming pool into freezing cold temperatures. As you’ll no doubt have already concluded, temperature control in leisure centres is very important!

Leisure centres have different zones, from swimming pools and saunas to gymnasiums, crèches, changing rooms, and multi-purpose rooms. Climate control needs will vary across different zones. For example, facility users expect changing rooms to be warm whereas gymnasiums need to be cooler.

Facility timetables will also impact temperature control needs. For example, some areas may be in use for early morning sports classes, so the heating/air-conditioning will be required around these times.

Recommended temperatures for leisure centres

Guidelines for leisure centres state that changing areas should be between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius, whereas weight training areas need to be between 12 and 14 degrees Celsius. A reception area can be around 16-20 degrees, but in winter, open doors are likely to cause significant temperature fluctuations.

Swimming pools

Whilst the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has no specific laws relating to swimming pools, there are guidelines to ensure the safety of users. The air temperature in a pool area should be one degree above water temperature, otherwise, it will be uncomfortable for pool users, especially young children.

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Optimise the heating/cooling system

Look at the most efficient type of heating and cooling system for your leisure centre facility. Combined heat and power (CHP) systems convert generator heat into hot water or steam, which helps to save money. Compensators allow for automatic temperature adjustments according to the season and/or weather.

Ventilation

Ventilation is important. In hot, humid environments, there needs to be adequate airflow across all areas of the room. Mechanical ventilation can help to control humidity levels and introduce fresh air from outside, but allowing warm or cold air into cooled or heated spaces is not energy efficient and the right balance must be maintained.
Mixed-mode systems are usually the most energy efficient and adaptable for leisure centres. If in doubt, speak to us for professional advice.

Energy savings

In addition to providing a more comfortable experience for users, leisure centre operators should keep a close eye on energy consumption. Heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning are the three areas where energy consumption is greatest. Unfortunately, these areas are the most challenging to control.

The Carbon Trust has published guidelines to help businesses in the sector save energy and cut costs. They say that by cutting energy expenditure by 10%, leisure facilities in the UK could save £70 million each year. Finally, don’t forget also that the fabric of the building plays a big role in temperature control, with 33% of heat lost through walls and roofs. If you’re looking to cut costs for your building, don’t forget to consider that aspect!

Here at Askews, we have over two decades of experience in heating, cooling and ventilation services, making us the perfect people to help you look after the temperature in your leisure centre. Click here for a free quote, or give us a call on 01282 863 825.

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