Why Is It Difficult to Keep a Warehouse Properly Heated?

At Winrow, we’re experts when it comes to heating a wide range of commercial environments. With a variety of high-end products specifically available for these locations, we’re able to advise on and install the best technology for the job.

Warehouses are often complex environments when it comes to heating and sustaining a reasonable working temperature. Here’s why it can be difficult keeping your warehouse heated.

  1. The Size of the Space

In the vast majority of cases, warehouses are large, open spaces that are more difficult and more costly to heat than smaller rooms or offices. Along with the size of the space, comes the size of openings – often large doors for vehicles and equipment will be opened at frequent intervals, providing an easy escape for all of that warm air and making it hard to maintain a constant temperature.

  1. The Materials Used in Warehouse Construction

Warehouses are often metal structures and, due to the intended use of the building, they’re subject to different regulations when it comes to things like insulation. This often means that the heat you put into the space is more likely to leak out than in a domestic or retail setting, making a huge impact on your bills and carbon footprint.

  1. The Placement of Internal Fixings

Large, tall structures, such as aisle racking and storage units can impact the flow of warm air around the space, meaning areas can become blocked from the heat source(s). Zoning can play a part in the heating for your warehouse space, especially if you have an area that’s more populated by workers. For example, it may be more important for a manual packing area to be heated more than storage space.

Each warehouse is unique. Here at Winrow, we have a range of warehouse heating solutions for you to choose from. Contact us to see how we can keep your warehouse heated, and improve your heating bills.

How to heat your garage this winter

Your garage can be a space for almost anything whether that be a space for projects, repairs or even as a recreational room which is why it is important that you’re able to keep it sufficiently heated. If during the winter months you begin to notice that it is increasingly difficult to use the space due to the temperature it may want to explore different heating options. When it comes to heating this type of space, there are various solutions you may not have previously considered. Here we concisely detail the recommended safe and reliable ways in which you can keep your garage at a comfortable temperature.

The first step in this process is to think about your heating needs and what budget you are working with. You will need to think about how cold the space gets in the winter; how big the space is and consequently how big a space you have to install heating systems. Once you have measured the space and have thought about the temperature you are looking, then can you proceed with exploring available systems.

You may find that one of the better and more cost-effective methods of heating your garage is to insulate it. Any wall and ceiling space has the ability to be insulated and you don’t have to pay out to do so. If you aren’t able to invest in cavity wall insulation you can DIY the walls with bubble wrap or plastic sheeting to keep out the cold. Using draught excluders is also not to be forgotten as a lot of heat is lost through gaps under entryways. If you do, then decide to install a heating system you may want to inclement these measures to ensure the heat isn’t escaping.

In terms of heating systems available for this type of space, there is a handful that is best suited, those being forced air heating, in-floor heating, and infrared heating. It is to be noted that there are many other options but these three are often the most popular options.

Forced Air Heating

This heating system can come in a variety of sizes to suit a variety of price ranges and tends to be one of the more cost-efficient heating options. This type of system works by blowing hot air into space and can be installed so that they are connected to your homes gas mains. It is very efficient at quickly heating up a space and maintaining the desired temperature but may not work in all spaces. Due to the air being blown out you may find that dust and debris fly around if you use the space as a workshop or otherwise, so it is important to bear this in mind.

In Floor Heating

Typically, people associate in-floor heating with bathrooms to keep stone tiling at a pleasant temperature but in recent years this system has been integrated throughout people’s homes. This system works by installing either electric heating coils or water heated tubing beneath your floor so that the heat radiates upwards. Whether it is used alongside another heating system or by itself it can be a great way to ensure that the room remains at a constant temperature. It is also ideal if you use the floor space more in the garage either recreationally or otherwise as it can keep your feet warm at all times.

Infrared Heating

Despite Infrared heating being typically reserved for warehouses, low-intensity tube heaters can very easily be used in garage spaces. Unlike forced air heaters, tube heaters work by radiating heat throughout your desired space. As a result, you will find that the space and the objects in the surrounding area will be heated first and then individuals in the space second. It comfortably and effectively heats any space in a short space of time keeping you warm all year long.

Heating your workshop in the winter

Working in cold weather is a recipe for disaster especially when you’re in a workshop with dangerous equipment. Whether it is for a hobby or occupation, it can be extremely demotivating having to work when your hands are frozen, and your bones are aching which is why having adequate heating is key. The importance of keeping your workshop at a comfortable temperature cannot be stressed enough not only for those working but also for your equipment and materials. Your equipment freezing over will cost you time and money in the long run, so, all that remains is to consider which heating system best suits your needs.

A popular option for workshop owners is to use infrared heating mounted on the walls. This heating system differs from most other systems by using infrared energy to heat the objects and individuals in the room as opposed to the air. This can help you to save energy as you can choose in which areas of the workshop you will spend the most time and therefore need the most heat. The variety in sizing also means you can choose a model that suits your budget with smaller systems being able to be plugged into the mains and larger systems having the ability to heat the entire space.

Depending on the size of your workshop you may want to consider using a forced air heating system. These types of systems are usually mounted on the walls and can be connected to the mains gas or a tank. By pulling in the air and heating it as it is pushed through the system, warm air is exhaled into the desired space quickly and efficiently distributing heat throughout the entire workshop. This system is typically popular with larger workshop spaces but can be quite costly to install. It is important to consider how big your space is and how the air will affect elements such as dust, particularly wood chip dust.

If you have a smaller and more budget sized workshop that you mainly use for personal projects, you may want to consider an electric heater. These portable and smaller heaters are great for short-term projects in the colder months. These heating systems work by drawing in air through the back of the unit and pushing it out via heat coils to quickly warm the space. There are a variety of unit sizes starting at 250 watts which is a microheater, all the way to warehouse grade high watt heater for much larger workshops.

Despite it being a more traditional heating option, a wood stove is a much simpler and cosier option you may want to consider. If you work primarily with wood in your workshop you may find this heating system beneficial as any scraps of wood left over from projects can be used to fuel the stove. Wood stoves have the ability to heat up your entire workshop whilst creating a homely rustic aesthetic but as with any manual system, the fire will need attending to, so it doesn’t die.

Because of this, it is arguably a better heating option for a smaller and more personal project workshop as you can control it and know when it needs tending to. Due to its flammable nature, it does have the potential to be a danger if you work with any particularly flammable elements which is something to bear in mind when choosing a system that’s right for you.

How to efficiently heat a retail shop

Each property is different and requires its own unique means of heating which is why it is important that as a business owner you choose a heating system that is right for your needs. All business owners will want to not only be energy efficient but also cost efficient particularly in times where utility bills are skyrocketing.

Retail, Store & Shop Heating from Winrow

There are many different options to consider when it comes to cost saving heating solution and it can often become confusing to understand which would best suit your needs. To help you through this process, we have picked out some of the top cost-efficient options to help you better understand what is available on the market.

LPG Heating

This type of heating named Liquified Petroleum Gas is an environmentally friendly heating option that can be used in properties that aren’t connected to the mains gas grid. There are many advantages to using this type of heating system starting with it being a clean burning fuel in that it produces substantially less carbon emissions than other typical retail heating systems.

On average it is said to produce over 33% less Carbon Dioxide than coal burning systems. It is also a lot safer to work with as even if there is a spillage of LPG it won’t cause any harm to the environment and won’t contaminate any water. The tanks in which it is stored can also be placed underground, so you won’t have to deal with an eyesore every day.

That being said, there are some disadvantages to using an LPG system, starting with that fact you will have to rent the tank it is stored in from your supplier. This also means that the tank and all its appliances will have to be regular services around once a year by a gas safety engineer- something uncommon with most other heating systems. Another factor that can often be off-putting is the cost, as this type of gas can be quite expensive over time.

Radiant Heating Tubes

Radiant heating tubes are gas-fired infrared heating tubes that are ranked among the group of decentralised heating systems. Unlike central heating systems, the tubes work by heating very precise areas as opposed to heating the area and the immediate space surrounding. These tubes can be installed either in a linear fashion or in a ‘U’ shape depending on the needs of the property.

One of the biggest advantages of radiant heating is that it can be easily switched on and off and you immediately feel the effects of the system without having to wait for it to warm up like other systems. Plus, when it is turned off, the heat will remain for a long period after, so it doesn’t need to be on right up until the end of the workday. This type of heating can provide any work environment with a pleasant boost of heat, perfect for colder and mild seasons.

Calculating how efficient your heating system is.

Every business needs heating but often it can be one of the biggest drains of cash especially during the colder months. It is important to every business owner to keep energy bills as low as possible whilst ensuring their employees are kept at a comfortable temperature. This is why it is important to understand how to calculate your heat efficiency in order to become more cost effective. Here we have simple and easy guide to understanding how to calculate how much you are spending on your electric heating.

The first step is to find out how much you are paying per unit of electricity, this information will be available to you on your electric bill. If you are struggling to find it, you can simply call your energy supplier and they will quickly be able to provide you with these figures.

Once you have this figure, the next step is to find out how much input power your heating system is using. This will be measured in kW and is usually found on the information detailed on the side of your heater itself.

You will then need to multiply these two together so (input power in kW x the price of your electricity per hour in kW). This figure should give you an estimate of the hourly running costs of your heating system. As an example, if you were to pay 6p per kWh and you are running a 4kW heating system, you would need to multiple 6p x 4kW x 1 hour to come up with how much it is costing you each hour.

With this number, you will then be able to estimate the daily costs of your system by multiplying this number (the cost per hour) by how many number you have the system running in the working day. You will also be able to estimate monthly and yearly running costs by multiplying the daily cost number by the number of days you will be using the heating system for within that period of time.

Having these figures can help you as a business owner to better understand how efficient your heating system is and therefore to better understand your energy bills. This knowledge might help you figure out if its now time to have a new and more energy efficient heating system installed if you feel that you are paying out large sums of money for a sub-par system. Equally, it may help if you are looking to become a more carbon neutral company and become CTS (Carbon Trust Standard) certified. This type of certification not only enhances your reputation by differentiating your brand but it also has the ability to make your business not only more attractive to prospective customers but also to shareholders. By focusing on driving this awareness of your environmental credentials among shareholders, prospective customers and your staff you will garner recognition as an independently-verified environmentally responsible organisation.