Summer time sometimes lulls us into a false sense of security – it’s warm enough inside and the heating may not be used for weeks (even months) in vans, holidays homes, pods and glamping tents. But come the autumn and winter – when many owners and visitors would like to extend their use of parks – the temperature has got to be spot on for guests to want to return.
Here, we take a look at the different approaches to heating and some of the newest, most innovative heating and ventilation methods on the market.
Slades Farm Leisure build hand-crafted pods for a variety of outdoor situations. Its underfloor heating and insulated walls ensures the pods are comfortable even in the harshest of weather. The smaller spaces mean pods heat up quickly and efficiently and energy bills remain low.
Flue, chimney and renewable heating products supplier Specflue recently published a guide on how to keep your luxury glamping accommodation warm and cosy. Advice for Glampsite Owners contains suggestions on how to select a competent installer and an example of a how a ‘smart’ pellet boiler is providing heat to a luxury geo-dome in Wales. The high- performance appliance can be fired-up ahead of time via a smartphone, to ensure a welcoming atmosphere on arrival!
Many caravan manufacturers have branched out into the luxury world of lodges, where owners and visitors expect a real home-from-home experience. Willerby’s Mulberry lodge offers the revolutionary Thermowise system, which combines excellent insulation and acoustic technology, making the Mulberry 14% warmer and quieter than current industry standards. It also offers customers real savings on energy bills.
Caravans and motorhomes
Most caravans are built with central heating but in the winter months, condensation can become a problem. Chris Michael from Meaco, supplier of dehumidifiers and air purifiers, says, “Although vans and motorhomes are ventilated when they are built, this only helps to keep the air moving and to stop the air from becoming stale – it will not help to keep the space dry or to protect the artefacts from moisture damage.
“This is where a dehumidifier comes in. It will reduce the level of humidity in the air, by sucking in air from the room at one end, removing the moisture, and then blowing it back out into the room again, adding warmth in the process. Sealing any ventilation gaps in a caravan when using a dehumidifier in the winter will make it work more efficiently.”
For more information on all of these heating methods, see our website caravanindustryandparkoperator.co.uk.