Frequently asked questions
What power may I expect?
KIGO panels possess impressive heat exchange properties. They offer 20 to 60 % of additional power in cooling mode when compared to conventional climate ceilings.
Cooling: 126 W/m2 for an average temperature gap of 8.5° C
(operating system at 16/19°C for air at 26° C and a comfort temperature of 23 to 24°C, typical value for average and massive heavy buildings).
Many parameters can influence the power of panels: hygienic air flow near the panels, the location of their installation (wall, ceiling, integrated or not in a suspended drop ceiling), installation height, etc.
And acoustic performance?
In addition to the climatic performance, the acoustic performance is also essential to well-being. In most cases, we treat acoustic absorption in combination with climate panels. Is there an exchanger which is efficient for both, for thermal and acoustic properties? Unfortunately, no! A thermal exchanger requires large conductive surfaces, typically metallic and this is in contrast with classic acoustic insulating materials. A compromise needs to be found.
Most available cooling ceiling structurs in the marketplace are made of perforated metallic sheeting joined to an absorbent material on the hidden side. Sound is directly absorbed by the surface not covered by fins (in general between 15 and 30 % of the surface) and the back side of the panel which absorbs sound reflected by the ceiling. The acoustic behavior of the KIGO climate panel in its basic state is like what is observed with wood or cork surfaces. Insulation of the hidden side of the panel will lead to significantly improved acoustic properties.
How can we assure simple and quick assembly?
In ceiling applications, the panels are fixed at 12-25 centimeters below the slab. This space allows the installation of hydraulic and electric lines and eventual ventilation channels (aesthetic improvement). On the hidden side of the panel, a special additional surface absorbs noise (acoustic comfort) and reduces heat losses.
The panels are provided (including frames) in maximum widths of 865mm and lengths of 2965mm.
Make your choice: on larger orders, we may be able to provide narrower widths and lengths, adapting the dimensions in 60mm steps.
How to integrate ventilation?
The diffusion of recirculated air needs to be discretely integrated to the climate panels.
Air distribution sheaths can easily be hidden between the ceiling slab, the linear diffusers, with the same color and width as the KIGO panels, are integrated between 2 panels.
These can be mounted to the frame of the KIGO panels, assuring prompt installation and a perfect alignment of the total system.
How to integrate lighting?
Lighting systems find a privileged place between the KIGO panels. Depending on how the panels are installed, one may be able to use the panel mounting system for fixing and alignment.
When an integrated light system is used (both direct and indirect light), the KIGO panels offer an ideal surface to help diffuse light.