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.

LPG Heating for Warehouses: Pros and Cons

LPG Warehouse Heating

LPG, or liquefied petroleum gas, is a by-product of the natural gas processing and petroleum refining industries. It’s siphoned off then stored in gas bottles or tanks as a fuel in its own right. These days it’s commonly known as a fuel for road vehicles, but it has a wide variety of other uses including domestic and industrial heating. There are two principal types: butane and propane.

What’s Good about It?

The advantages of LPG heating are numerous. Despite being a fossil fuel, it has a reputation for being relatively good for the environment. It’s comparatively clean burning and produces less harmful emissions.

LPG generates very little carbon dioxide and is low in sulphur, nitrogen and other particulates. If it’s spilled, it’ll evaporate quickly with little risk of contamination.

Why Does It Work for Heating Warehouses?

The great benefit of LPG for industrial use is that installation costs are low. Gas storage is easier than oil and LPG boilers take up less space than other types.

LPG provides instant, easily controlled heat that can safely be used indoors. Propane can be used outdoors in sub-zero temperatures too. LPG is also ideal where there’s no mains gas supply.

Any Drawbacks?

The obvious disadvantage of LPG is that it needs to be kept in pressurised containers, which leaves a small risk. As with any other gas products, the boilers and infrastructure must be well maintained.

That said, compared to many other fuels commonly used, LPG comes with few unnecessary risks and plenty of advantages.

To find out more about LPG heating for your warehouse, contact Winrow today to see if LPG heating can work for you. We’ve been working with high performance LPG heating systems for many years, and our customers have come to rely on the economy and reliability of LPG. Call us now on 08000 588 035 for more information and a FREE quotation.

How to: Maintain & Ensure the Safety of a Commercial Heater

Heater Safety and MaintenanceIf you own a business which uses commercial heating units on your property you will need to ensure that the there is a level of maintenance and safety regularly enforced. It is advised that you arrange to have regular checks from professionals specialising in heating systems. However, during the times between these checks it is advised that you or one of your employees perform simple maintenance checks on your system. Here we list some of the ways in which you can check everything is working to maximum efficiency and safety.

The first thing you should do is to regularly change the filters and belts in the heating unit so that you don’t have a system failure at a later date. If these parts are working to maximum capacity the efficiency of your hating system could be suffering. It may be from a blockage in the air filter or the belts have become overworked and are in danger of breaking. In regularly checking on these parts and changing them if necessary you will ensure that you system is kept up and running throughout the year.

Keep it Clean

As with any system keeping it clean is a necessity but with heating systems there are very specific areas that easily collect dirt and dust. One of the areas that is most prone to this is the condenser coils which pull in a consistent stream of air which contains dust and other particles. By cleaning these regularly you can potentially increase the life of your unit by up to 30%, ultimately saving your business a lot of money.

Check for Leaks

Checking for leaks is one of the easiest ways of ensuring the safety of your commercial heating unit. Depending on the type of system you have you may have leaks from different areas. If you start to notice any build-up of ice, any condensation on the unit or on the surrounding walls then it is time to call in a professional. The sooner you spot this the less damage there will be to the system.

Contact a Professional

Finally, if you feel that you do not have the capacity to carry out these checks and would rather leave it to a professional you may want to consider investing in a commercial maintenance plan. Most companies specialising in the installation and maintenance of commercial and other heating systems will have maintenance plans in place for businesses with heating systems. They will ensure that all year round you have regular checks to all of your systems so that during the cooler months you don’t have any issues.

These are just a handful of ways that you and your employees can keep track of the safety and efficiency of your commercial heating unit. These units are often quite costly to install and maintain if not properly cared for so it is important to do so. Without these maintenance and safety checks you can put not only your business at risk of having to pay out large sums for repairs during peaks times but also risk the health and well being of employees.

If you’re concerned about the safety of your heating unit call Winrow today on 08000 588 035 or fill out our contact form. We can recommend the best course of action whether it be servicing, repairs or in extreme circumstances a new heater altogether.

Advantages & Disadvantages of Radiant Heating

Radiant Heaters: Advantages & Disadvantages

With most traditional heating systems there is a convective system which allows the heated air to be circulated through a finite space. Usually you will find this system in radiators that are used throughout the home as a means of warming an entire volume of space. However, in recent years a popular alternative has being radiant heating which allows heat to be delivered through walls and floors. This allows the air adjacent to the wall or floor it is situated in to be heated and works best in indoor spaces. Whilst it is not a traditional form of heating it comes with a wide range of benefits that often aren’t considered when heating your home. Here we will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages to installing radiant heating.

Advantages of Radiant Heaters

One of the biggest concerns homeowners in the UK now have is the rising cost of utility bills. Radiant heating systems are able to provide you with lower utility bills, particularly if it uses a hydronic system. They are also proven to be much more efficient than forced air systems meaning that you are getting more for your money. Because the system uses water there is a much higher efficiency as with air based systems if there is not a constant supply, the room will lose heat. Ultimately, this means that less energy is required over time to keep the water at your preferred temperature.

Unlike traditional heating systems there are no bulky visible components to take up wall or floor space, everything is hidden within. Other than a boiler there is nothing to add into the space which can cause you to be unable to place furniture. It also means there is less cleaning to be done as with wall radiators you regularly have to clean off dust and dirt.

With forced air heating you will often find that your home can become quite stuffy after a while as the system works by circulating the same air throughout the home. This means that any particles of dust, dirt, mould, hair and other allergens are in the air you breathe and settling on furnishings. Conversely, with radiant heating there is no circulating of air and therefore these allergens aren’t moving throughout the home. This creates a much cleaner environment especially if you have people in the household who have allergies to dust, pollen etc.

Disadvantages of Radiant Heated Air

In the long term as we have discussed, radiant heating can save you a lot of money in your utility bills. However, the initial installation of this system can cost you more than any traditional forced air heating would. The difference in pricing comes from it being measured per square foot and depending on the system, location, and your homes layout this price can vary.

As with all electrical based systems, there is always a higher risk of fires starting and this system is no different. It is important that if you choose to have this system installed you use a company that is well established and has a history of carrying out safe and professional work. If the wiring isn’t properly insulated or the conductive panels come into contact with debris that has been left behind it can easily start a fire.

With traditional heating systems if repairs need to be carried out it is easy to access either through the boiler or simply the radiators. Unfortunately, because radiant heating systems are located under the floor or in the walls it can be a much more difficult task trying to access it. Even a basic check-up can end up costing you large amounts of money when factoring in the repair work of your walls and floors.

Interested in adding a Radiant Heater to your business or industrial space?  Call us on 08000 588 035 for a Free Quotation – we can review your space and offer a tailored, heating solution that best fits your requirements.

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