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What to Consider

When considering or selecting heat emitters for any healthcare environment such as hospitals, residential care accommodation or community health centres, there are several key considerations, however, the safety and wellbeing of residents, visitors and employees must be paramount within the system design and selection of the heat emitter.

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Within the Healthcare environment, residents and patients might be at risk, have varying needs or vulnerable and therefore safety considerations such as the surface temperature of the heat emitter, sharpness of any edges of the heat emitter and access to controls such as valves and thermostats must be at the forefront of any specification. In addition, thermal output, ambient temperature requirements, access, locations, and positioning of the heat emitter are all vital in the planning and selection process.  

At Clyde we pride ourselves on providing flexible and versatile solutions for the healthcare industry, we appreciate that when servicing these types of environments, needs and requirements vary and therefore flexibility is key.

Our dedicated and experienced team of technical advisors and estimators are happy to work with you to develop and deliver on the detailed needs and considerations of your project specification.

When considering healthcare environments, our range of Low Surface Temperature (LST) Convectors are often the heat emitter of choice, our Centurion and Sentry LSTs meet many of the design considerations for specifiers and contractors, including:

  1. Low Surface Temperature

  2. Rounded Corners and Edges

  3. Flexible Connection and TRV Options

  4. Tamper Proof Controls

  5. Pencil-Proof Grilles

  6. Bespoke Design and Size Options

  7. Ease of Installation

  8. Low Water Content

  9. Thermal Performance - Tested and Accredited to BS-EN442 at BSRIA

  10. Ease of Cleaning


Benefits of Clyde LST’s

The benefits of LSTs over conventional steel panel radiators in healthcare environments are clear, where the surface temperature of steel panel radiators is hot to the touch and can be for prolonged periods of use, Clyde LSTs are designed with surface temperature safety in mind. In addition, due to the aluminium convector, the emitters in the LST range from Clyde have a lower water content in comparison to standard steel panel radiators, which could potentially reduce energy and running costs.

LST radiators should be designed to be compliant with NHS requirements and the external casing or housing of the Centurion and Sentry LST’s not only limit the surface temperature but with their rounded edges and corners are far safer than that of standard steel panel radiators where injury can occur due to falls or hard contact.



The single-piece LST outer casing also includes pencil-proof grilles which allow for fluid convection and airflow but protect those who are vulnerable from coming into direct contact with the convector.

Unlike conventional steel panel radiators and due to the natural properties of the aluminium convector, Clyde LSTs heat up quickly and provide sufficient convection to reach ambient room temperature rapidly. The LST outer casing can also house the emitter controls which provide tamper-proof control but can be easily removed for access and cleaning purposes.

For installers or contractors, the Clyde range of LSTs can be supplied to suit the build schedule with phased deliveries to allow first fix installation of the convector and a fast second fix of the single-piece casing, which means less time needed on site.

Where space is a premium Clyde’s Trench Heating solution is a worthwhile consideration, much like the LST, Trench Heating contains an aluminium convector and supports much of the LST properties such convection, safety and security, tamper proof control and low water content however Trench heating can be concealed or positioned within the floor and finished with a range of decorative grilles to act as the primary heat source.

To find out more about Clyde’s range of LSTs and Trench Heating contact us on 01342 305550 or via email or why not click on one of the product options below.


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