Why underfloor heating is great in the winter

Most homes in the UK have traditional heating systems, those being hot air heating or radiators and whilst these generally do the job you may find an alternative system may better suit your needs. One of the most sought-after alternatives is underfloor heating with its efficiency and affordability it is becoming an increasingly popular option.

What is underfloor heating?

There are two types of system when it comes to underfloor heating, the wet and the dry. With the wet system, you will find warm water pumped through pipes underneath the floor. Alternatively, with the dry system you will have a series of electrical coils conducting heat underneath the floor. With either system, the general result is that heat rises.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of underfloor heating?

Starting with the advantages, underfloor heating is one of the more luxurious ways to heart your home. Being able to immediately feel heat from the floor in a home not only feels welcoming especially in the winter but is much more aesthetically pleasing. Radiators tend to clutter a room without you realising, sitting there just collecting dust.

Having the system beneath the floor also helps to evenly distribute heat in your home. Whilst traditional heating systems work by heating the air immediately surrounding them you will find that the heat is quickly lost throughout the space. Underfloor heating on the other hand is a much better system as it can consistently heat a larger surface area.

Underfloor heating also doesn’t have to work as hard as other heating systems. To feel the effects of a radiator it must use a lot of water and energy, working at a high temperature. However, underfloor heating works at a much lower temperature whilst saving you on your energy bills.

Conversely, there are some drawbacks to having an underfloor heating that should be considered before being installed. Arguably one of the biggest disadvantages to underfloor heating is the cost of the installation. Whilst the system itself is relatively affordable, the installation usually requires a lot of work, especially with pre-renovated properties.

Another issue you may find is that because the system works at much lower temperatures than other systems it will take a lot longer to heat the room. This may mean you want to invest in a timer as well to ensure that your floor and room is the desired temperature at the right time.

There can also be some issues with what you can place on the floor as well depending on the type of system. It can be dangerous to have certain fittings or pieces of furniture on the floor due to the heat as well as the weight of the object.

Finally, if the system is not properly installed it can cause a lot of problems later on for the homeowner. Unlike other heating systems you will find that there isn’t easy access if anything goes wrong. Having to remove your flooring just to fix your heating system can work out much costlier than you would have first thought.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Warm Air Heating

Advantages and Disadvantages of Warm Air Heating

Warm air heating systems are a popular and efficient alternative to traditional central heating systems that help to quickly warm your industrial space. They work by pulling air from a vent located outside the building, heating it over a gas flame and delivering the warm air into the designated space. It is a type of heating system that can work well in a range of structures from small workshops to vast warehouses and commercial properties. In the UK it is one of the biggest rivals for traditional heating because of its numerous benefits throughout different properties. To help you better understand warm air heating systems we have compiled a comprehensive list of its biggest advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages

  • In the cooler months when you turn on a traditional heating system you may find it takes a while to start making any noticeable change to the temperature of your space. One of the biggest benefits of having a warm air heating system is that it has an extremely quick response time and will start working immediately without having to boot up.
  • On average this system type has a longer life span that other heating systems. This is partly because unlike other systems, there isn’t a risk of it breaking down because of any water leaks, faulty valves, frozen pipes in the colder months and system failures of any kind. Overall it is seen as a much more effective and efficient system in terms of longevity.
  • You have much more physical control with a warm air heating system as you can adjust the ventilation so that you can heat your space to the desired temperature. With other systems you don’t always have as much control with the temperature as if it is too hot there is no way to vent this.
  • If you have individuals in your commercial or industrial space who suffer from allergies caused by dust or pollen you have the option to have an air cleaner turned on. This ensures that all the air being delivered into your property is free of all allergens and any other impurities in the air. Other systems tend to work by circulating air full of allergens continuously around the space until inhaled or they settle on furnishings.
  • Whilst it is an ideal system for the winter months it can also double as a cooling system for the summertime giving it an advantage over other central heating systems.

Disadvantages

  • One of the biggest drawbacks of a warm air heater is that its initial purchase and installation cost can be significantly more than other systems. You may need to spend time re-routing ducts in your building as well as ensuring the there is adequate insulation. Without this you may eventually have problems with condensation which may cause structural damage as well as damage to your health in terms of mould spores.
  • While this type of system doesn’t break down like other systems and has a good lifespan, the one area that can become problematic is the on and off mechanism.
  • It can clean the air before transporting it into the property it has been known to cause issues with individuals who suffer from asthma. Equally, if you choose not to use a system that cleans the air, because of the way the air delivered it can cause respiratory issues with allergens.
  • If you have any doors or windows open in the property the system will struggle to determine the temperature which can cause it to take longer to heat the area.

If you’re looking to install or upgrade and existing heating system call Winrow today on 08000 588 035 for a FREE quotation. Alternatively fill our our contact form and we’ll be in touch asap!

Why Underfloor Heating is great in the Winter

Underfloor Heating pros and cons

Most commercial units have traditional heating systems, those being hot air heating or radiators and whilst these generally do the job you may find an alternative system may better suit your needs. One of the most sought-after alternatives is underfloor heating with its efficiency and affordability it is becoming an increasingly popular option.

What is underfloor heating?

There are two types of system when it comes to underfloor heating, the wet and the dry. With the wet system, you will find warm water pumped through pipes underneath the floor. Alternatively, with the dry system you will have a series of electrical coils conducting heat underneath the floor. With either system, the general result is that heat rises.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of underfloor heating?

Starting with the advantages, underfloor heating is one of the more luxurious ways to heart your commercial or industrial space. Being able to immediately feel heat from the floor in a home not only feels welcoming especially in the winter but is much more aesthetically pleasing. Radiators tend to clutter a room without you realising, sitting there just collecting dust.

Having the system beneath the floor also helps to evenly distribute heat in your space. Whilst traditional heating systems work by heating the air immediately surrounding them you will find that the heat is quickly lost throughout the space. Underfloor heating on the other hand is a much better system as it can consistently heat a larger surface area.

Underfloor heating also doesn’t have to work as hard as other heating systems. To feel the effects of a radiator it must use a lot of water and energy, working at a high temperature. However, underfloor heating works at a much lower temperature whilst saving you on your energy bills.

Conversely, there are some drawbacks to having an underfloor heating that should be considered before being installed. Arguably one of the biggest disadvantages to underfloor heating is the cost of the installation. Whilst the system itself is relatively affordable, the installation usually requires a lot of work, especially with pre-renovated properties.

Another issue you may find is that because the system works at much lower temperatures than other systems it will take a lot longer to heat the room. This may mean you want to invest in a timer as well to ensure that your floor and room is the desired temperature at the right time.

There can also be some issues with what you can place on the floor as well depending on the type of system. It can be dangerous to have certain fittings or pieces of furniture on the floor due to the heat as well as the weight of the object.

Finally, if the system is not properly installed it can cause a lot of problems later down the line. Unlike other heating systems you will find that there isn’t easy access if anything goes wrong. Having to remove your flooring just to fix your heating system can work out much costlier than you would have first thought.

To find out more call us today on 08000 588 035 and we can discuss the perfect heating solution for your commercial or industrial space.

Preparing a Warehouse for the Cold this Winter

Warehouse Heating this Winter

Providing a warehouse with heating that maintains its efficiency during the colder months comes with a number of challenges. The layout, products and employees within the warehouse need to be considered so that there is adequate heat distribution throughout the space. There are many heating systems that are be effective in heating warehouses but it can be difficult to know which is best for you. Here we go through a number of options you may want to consider to ensure that your warehouse is prepared this winter.

Warm air heating

Warm air heating works by drawing air across a heat exchanger and then pushing it out with a fan to warm the air in the desired space. The system then works to ensure that this warm air is evenly distributed within the space to maintain the desired temperature. With this type of system you have a number of choices of what your heat source is. This can be a gas or oil burner within the heater itself or heat created from pipes where hot water is pumped through from a boiler. This same method can be used with an electrical element heater. There are now also more modern versions of this system available in a condensed version which allow the delivery of a higher energy efficiency. This type of system can be suspended from the roof of the warehouse, mounted on a wall or stand on the floor. Although placing the model on the floor would create for easier access for maintenance work, most specialists would recommend that it is suspended from the roof to create evenly distributed heat. There is however some floor based models which are specifically designed for creating evenly distributed air. These models sit and rotate to move large volumes of air through the space making it a more energy efficient system.

Radiant heating

Radiant heating works in the same way that heat is transferred when you are holding a hot drink in that the heat is transferred into and through the material. Radiant heating emits radiation from the surface and is able to heat people and objects but does not warm the air surrounding it. Within the context of a warehouse, this type of heating is typically provided through suspended radiant tubes. It can also be installed within the flooring and/or the walls of the property but this is generally used in homes. Generally, this is a much more environmentally friendly option and will save you more money in utility bills. It can, however, be more expensive to install which is why most warehouses tend to use warm air heating.

Ultimately, every warehouse is different and will have different heating needs. There are many factors to take into account before choosing a specific heating system and it is important that this system meets your requirements. It is advisable that you seek out a specialist heating company to further discuss your options. If you use a well-established company you will receive not only their years of knowledge but also experience to help deliver the best heating solution.

For more information on the choices you have when heating your warehouse call us on 08000 588 035 for a free quotation. With over 30 years experience in the industry we can assess your building and tailor a solution for your specific requirements.

What is Evaporative Cooling and how does it work?

industrial evaporative cooling

Evaporative cooling involves fresh, clean air being sent through an environment and can heighten comfort and productivity levels in the workplace and at home. The process sees temperatures reduced due to liquid being evaporated. Systems used for evaporative cooling can be compared to the way air moves over coastal areas where heat from the air is absorbed, resulting in a comforting and cooling sea breeze.

The comfort you require

In evaporative air conditioning, hot and dry air is pumped through pads, with the water being evaporated and the heat in the air being absorbed, resulting in air temperature drops. Fans then send the cool air through a ducting system. To make the most of such systems, you need to leave a door or a window open so the cool air can escape. All the air circulated is completely fresh, so you won’t have to worry about stale, recycled air being pushed around your home or office. The systems are designed so impurities are taken out of the air.

Air of the finest quality

Whilst some air conditioning systems can trigger asthma and allergies, these evaporative air conditioning solutions cool the air with moisture so noses, skin and eyes are not dried out. When doors and windows are left open, outdoor areas can also be cooled by the system. When the water is evaporated, energy is taken from the air, enabling temperatures to fall. When humidity falls below 100% and air starts to absorb water, evaporation is enabled. Air becomes saturated when it is no longer able to hold any more water.

Find the right solution

At Winrow Building Systems, we can cater for you if you require evaporative cooling systems for your industrial or commercial area. We have been a leading player in our field for over three decades and specialise in designing, supplying and servicing a host of industrial space heating systems. You are welcome to contact us at any point if you have any queries about the solutions that we offer. We have vast experience in proving heating and cooling solutions for all sorts of environments, including garages, warehouses, factory units and sports halls, and we always work hard to identify the perfect solution for your specific needs, every time.

A 7-day turnaround

We consistently strive to give a 7-day turnaround between your first enquiry and the solution being delivered. We supply a comprehensive range of energy products and services to customers and clients throughout the UK, enabling you to cut down energy costs without losing out on comfort or efficiency. The vast catalogue of solutions offered by Winrow include heaters with stainless steel heat exchanges, target heaters for localised heat, radiant heaters for outdoor environments and suspended heaters to help you save floor space.

Contact us today

Each system we provide is tailored to give you the most fuel-efficient and reliable heating solution for your needs. To find out more about our evaporate cooling systems and other products, call today on 08000 588 035 or use the contact form on our site.