Helping Churches meet Net-Zero targets by 2030

In February 2020, The Church of England brought forward its net-zero emissions target to 2030, their Net Zero Carbon routemap can be viewed here. The opportunity to identify areas for reducing energy usage, across circa 16,000 churches, is significant. Given that 72% of the energy consumed by any church is typically used in heating the building, choosing the correct heating solution will be vital in meeting this target.

Halo - The ultimate heating option for heritage buildings

Sustainable Heating

Herschel Infrared heating provides churches with the ability to install an energy-efficient, effective heating system that can be tailored to the specific needs of any particular space.

With both zero light and warm glow, low glare heaters available, Herschel’s electric infrared solutions can be powered by a renewable energy tariff to ensure carbon footprints are minimised.

Our Heritage specification service offers 3D scans and accurate visual representations showcasing our heritage heaters in beautiful interiors, see our immersive 3D scan of St Matthew’s here – featuring our UK made, zero light Halo heaters.

The Revolutionary Halo

(Registered UK Design No. 6321585)

Stunning chandelier-style infrared heaters, with zero light heat emission, for heating heritage buildings and churches

With powerful, zero light, far infrared heat emitters the UK manufactured Halo offers historic buildings and places of worship a highly controllable, effective and decorative heating solution that is acceptable to conservation bodies and avoids high installation costs. With low power LED lighting an additional option, the Halo ensures fast warm up times minimising energy consumption to provide 100% CO2 free heating when combined with renewables.

We’ve extended our range to now also include our Halo Horizon heater, the ideal solution to supplement Halo, as required, in side aisles, chancels and lower-ceilinged spaces such as choir galleries.

The Halo heating range ideal for heating places of worship

Proven Savings Over Convection Heating: a 'game-changer' for Bristol Church

Over winter 2022/23, St Matthew’s Church has experienced an 80% reduction in energy used and 63% reduction in the heating bill compared to running the gas heating system.

Per Service this equates to a cost of around £17-20 because the heaters only need to be on for the duration of the service. In comparison the gas system would have to run on full for many hours in advance of the service to heat the church and at current prices would be costing up to £100 per service on cold days.

An independent performance review of the Herschel Halo Installation at St Matthew’s Church, Bristol, was commissioned by the Church of England. Findings from the review, carried out by Tobit Curteis Associates and Inspired Efficiency, identified that significant savings on energy usage, CO2 emissions and energy bills were achieved.

‘Significant energy, carbon and cost savings were noted. This was largely due to the pre-heat timing reducing from 3 hours for the gas/radiator system to 30 minutes for the Halo

‘With careful positioning, the chandelier design can provide comfort heating for people in the church while limiting the conservation risk to sensitive artefacts and monuments’.

‘The Halo system appears to be a suitable addition to the range of decarbonised heating solutions for churches to consider’.

Read the Summary Findings of the Halo Performance Review at St Matthew's here.

Fantastic feedback in from St Matthews Church in Bristol – significant savings in energy, rapid warm-up times and a comfortable congregation for their Sunday Services.

Why choose Herschel Infrared?

Halo Far Infrared Heaters heating a church

Improved Comfort

The pleasant feeling of warmth from infrared gently warms occupiers and is particularly beneficial for historic interiors & artefacts

Halo is completely CO2 free

Reduced Energy Consumption

With fast warm up and very little pre-heating required, savings can exceed 50% compared to heat pumps and convection based systems

Heritage Specification Service available

Heritage Specification Service

With unrivaled experience in heating heritage buildings, Herschel uses the latest technology to offer 3D scans and visual representations of your church heated by Halo

Halo is completely CO2 free

Why do Churches Choose Infrared?

    • Infrared (radiant) systems directly heat objects and people in a space as opposed to heating the air and circulating it, thereby saving energy;
    • Reduced carbon footprint – with the correct energy supply (any form of renewable energy or green tariff ) infrared heating can be run on a zero-carbon basis;
    • Enables a much more consistent, comfortable temperature for the congregation;
    • Quick, simple installation – infrared heating simply needs an electricity supply and can be wall or ceiling mounted in the correct place (portable solutions also available);
    • No requirement for maintenance checks;
    • Highly controllable – simple operation to ensure the right people and spaces are heated at the right times with no wasted energy;
    • Solid-state, no moving parts – long life solutions;
    • No noise;
    • Choose between zero light and warm glow heaters;
    • Infrared warms the building fabric itself helping to preserve buildings and reduce damp levels.

Find more information on infrared heating for churches here.

Customer Testimonials

“I would recommend Herschel Infrared to other churches, the system works”!

Well, it’s transformed the church really. We were in a situation that many churches find themselves in of our heating actually being condemned, the old gas heating that we had. Like many other churches, we decided that we wanted to become an eco-church, and like many other churches and the rest of society, we’re very mindful of climate change. We wanted to move away from gas heating, so we looked into electricity and electric heating. I, like many people who have been in church for a long period of their life, have got memories of sitting under electric heaters and getting frazzled and fried. I’m glad to say that is not the case with these Herschel heaters. The heat is very different, and it spreads throughout the whole of the church, and that’s been a real benefit to us.

We’ve got heaters upstairs in the sanctuary, but also in a hall that we let out, and in a side chapel, and also the toilets and kitchen as well. The best part is that we can then zone them, so we don’t have to have the heating on in the whole of the church, we can actually have it in the hall if we have a hall letting, or we can just have it in the sanctuary if we’re worshipping.

I would recommend Herschel Infrared to other churches, the system works! As they say. The heat they give out takes a bit of learning to know what fits your building best, but once you’ve done that, it’s a real winner. Unfortunately like most old church buildings, we do get leaks sometimes and we actually managed to use the heating system we’ve got to dry out the wet carpet from the leak.

The benefits I like are that it’s modular, I like that I can control the heating when I’m at home, so if you suddenly need it on for something, I don’t need to rush all the way here. We would like to see some savings in terms of finance, and it’s really low maintenance too.

“The best thing for our church”

“The best thing for our church. The old infrared heaters we had were terrible, no more glaring light, no buzzing noise and no more complaining from our elderly congregation of being cold. Really quick heat up times and have saved us a fortune against our old running costs as well as reducing the power we used by 40%. We are now looking at the rest of the areas in our church, after having trialled Herschel in the main rectory. Adam and his team at Herschel have done a brilliant job and should be very proud”.

John Horton, Church Warden, Salisbury Park United Reformed Church,

“We’re saving over half the energy bill that we previously had”

We’re really thrilled to have these new heaters installed in the church here, and we’re really pleased with the results. Previously we had convection heaters all down each side of the church, and we used to have them on a timer that came on at 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning, and when the services started at 10:30 am it only just took the chill off in the main sanctuary, they were just no good at all, nice and hot in the ceiling, but absolutely no good in the main sanctuary. So we looked into purchasing these Herschel heaters, and we’re delighted with the results, to our amazement we only need to put them on 30 minutes before a service starts, so we put them on at 10 in the morning and everyone is nice and warm. We’ve got four different heat settings we can use, operated by remote control, and since we’ve set these up what we’ve been seeing is people actually taking their coats off in services now, which is great, we never used to see that before! The other massive difference this has made is to our energy consumption. We did a like-to-like, before covid, during the winter and we’re saving over half the energy bill that we previously had now we’re using this new infrared technology. I definitely recommend them to any church looking at heating systems wanting to upgrade, the congregation have been delighted with them. The other thing is that you can zone them, so you can put the front ones on if you’re using the area down at the front of the church and not using the back area, it just keeps that area at a nice temperature, rather than using all of the heaters all around the building. We couldn’t recommend them enough to any church that’s thinking of using them, so thanks to Herschel, thanks a lot.”

“Working just as we hoped”

“Having researched the different forms of heating for our church we decided that Herschel Far infrared heaters were the company that we were most interested in.

On contacting Matthew Dodds, of Herschel, we found him most helpful and informative.  The online assessment of our particular requirements was most useful.  The heaters are now up and running and working just as we hoped.  All the church members seem to be very impressed.

I cannot praise Matthew Dodds and Herschel highly enough as they are very efficient with nothing being too much trouble”.

Peter Rothwell – Bekesbourne Church

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Herschel has a team of in-house surveyors who perform desktop and on-site estimating services for churches, historic buildings and commercial heating projects – to tailor a bespoke solution for your requirements.

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