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Top 5 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade Heating System at Your Commercial Property

Often businesses will wait until there is a problem with their heating before looking into replacing their current heating system. Not only is this likely to happen during Winter when your commercial property will need your heating system more than ever, but it will be extremely costly and stressful. There will however be a clear sign that your commercial heating system is reaching the end of its life, which we will be discussing here.

Efficiency

You may begin to notice that your system is consistently taking longer and longer to heat your space to the desired temperature as well as the heat is unevenly distributed. Not only is this a clear sign that your system may need replacing, but it will also mean your utility bills will be suffering. Broken heating systems can cause your energy bills to increase by up to 30% but with the efficiency of newer models being around 98%, upgrading your system can save you a lot of money and energy.   

Noise

Heating systems can last a long time and you will naturally become accustomed to any noise they make but when you start to hear unusual sounds, it may be time to upgrade. Any loud crashes or bangs could signify a blockage, an internal component breaking, a build-up of pressure as well as a range of other issues depending on what system you have. It is therefore imperative a qualified HVAC contractor assesses your system to see if the issue is repairable or whether you need to upgrade your system.

Age

The age of your system will, without doubt, have a dramatic impact on its performance and efficiency. The lifespan of your system will vary depending on the make, model and type of system you have installed but when it begins to reach the end, you’ll want to look into a replacement.

Regular Breakdowns

It is never a convenient time when your heating system breaks down and once is more than enough when it comes to your commercial property. Breakdown repairs that aren’t covered by your warranty are not only costly but will generally occur in winter when you crucially need heat in your property- something your employees certainly won’t be happy about. So, when you begin to notice that your heating system is in need of repair more often than not i.e. 2-3 times a year, it may be time to think of upgrading.

Leaks

Generally, dated heating systems are more prone to leaks and whilst these leaks are not great for your system and are likely to cause internal damage/ decreased efficiency, more worryingly it can cause harm within your business. Leaks put your property, business and employees as a whole at risk from floods and water damage- a cost that can be again avoided by upgrading your heating system in advance.

If your commercial heating system is showing any of these signs and you believe it may be time to upgrade your system don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts at Winrow, who will guide you through our range of commercial and industrial heating solutions. Contact us today on 08000 588035 for more information!

How To Make Your Retail Property Energy Efficient

Energy efficiency is something that all businesses should be striving to achieve today. We all have a responsibility to ensure that we do our bit to protect the planet. When you consider the fact that a lot of business operations can be a drain on energy resources, it is important to have a strategy to lower our carbon footprint. With that in mind, let’s take a quick look at some of the different steps that you could be taking now in order to make your retail property more energy efficient.

Heating

You can reduce the amount of energy you use in terms of heating your retail property. Here are some ideas…

Consider outside temperature – Always consider what the outside temperature is like before turning up the heat. Every degree lower or higher accounts for around eight per cent of your total heating bill, so don’t simply blast the heating during the winter.
Set up timers and temperature zones – Set up individual time profiles that will work around the opening times of your store to make sure that energy is not being wasted when the store is empty.
Ditch the open-door policy – A lot of retail stores leave their doors open to entice customers, yet this wastes a lot of energy. Closing your doors may not seem good for business but there are a lot of ways around this. For example, you can ensure your store appears welcoming and open from the outside or you could simply install an automatic door.


Lighting


There are a number of different changes you can make relating to lighting in your retail property that are going to make a considerable difference to the amount of energy you use. This includes the following…

Label light switches – This is a good way to make sure new and existing employees are not tempted to flick every switch without contemplating if it is needed.
Install occupancy sensors in staff areas – This is a great way to manage light use, ensuring lights are only turned on when people are in the room in question.
Replace outdated light fittings – They will use up more energy! This is an investment that will save you money in the long-term.
Invest in low energy lighting – There are lots of different light bulbs on the market that have been made to give you the same level of brightness without using such a high amount of energy. Do some research and see what would work best for your operation.

Reduce Energy Consumption

We have covered the two main areas of energy consumption but there are plenty of other changes you can make, including…

• Ensure HVAC systems are clean, free from dirt and grime
• Make use of natural ventilation
• Involve staff in the energy reduction process
• Look for energy-saving opportunities as a monthly task
• Don’t allow the cooling and heating system to operate at the same time

So, there you have it: some of the different steps that you can take to make your retail property more energy efficient. If you follow the suggestions that have been mentioned above, you can go a long way to making sure that you cut your carbon footprint by a considerable degree. Plus, a lot of the ideas that have been mentioned do not require a lot of effort, but they can certainly make a massive difference. It’s worth putting an action plan together.

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How to Heat your Factory Efficiently

The way you heat your factory can be detrimental to the success of your operations. Your productivity and work efficiency can often align with the efficiency of your factory’s heating systems. You want to hit the correct balance of keeping your employees happy with efficient factory heating, without wasting money on excessive heating bills.

Importance of temperature in the workplace

Employee productivity can be hugely affected by the temperature of the work environment. No one is going to be able to work at an optimum level if it’s during cold months and they’re shivering.

29% of workers reported spending between ten and thirty minutes each day not working due to workplace temperature. This shows that your heating decisions should take into account your employees working environment and experience.

A balance between efficiency and effectiveness

While it is ideal to keep all your employees happy, you also want to ensure your factory’s heating is cost-effective. The sheer size of factories make them more complicated when it comes to heating. There is a large, often open-plan, space to attempt to maintain at an optimum temperature, without throwing away unnecessary amounts of expense.

A big part of this is ensuring you are avoiding waste wherever possible. Adding time controls to your factory heating system can be beneficial for this purpose. You are able to set the heating to come on a little before the work day begins so it is a nice temperature when employees arrive. You can then plan for it to turn off a little before the work day ends and be certain you are not paying for any heating whilst the factory is empty.

When it comes to the price of your heating bills, you can make sure you are being efficient by shopping around different companies. If your current supplier is charging you more than you can find elsewhere, see if they will price match.

Different heating types

Your most efficient heating method will vary depending on the individual circumstances of the factory. There is the option of both warm air and radiant heating, both suitable for different environments.

Warm air heating is the most common method and works by actively delivering warm air into a building. It can be efficient as one heater is able to heat a large area. It constantly sends warm air into a factory and in the cold months can be left on for extended periods of time to keep a space heated.

A downside to the warm air method is that the hot air will rise. This means the benefits are reduced as constant new warm air will be necessary to maintain the heating effect.

Arguably more efficient is radiant heating. Rather than pushing warm air into an open space, radiant heating works by heating up objects, structures, or people that are near it. It can be ideal in that it works instantaneously, and can be switched on or off for short bursts to have effect.

Because it is more of a close proximity heating method, you will likely need more radiant tubes to be installed around the building rather than the single warm air heater. This method can be ideal if your factory contains a lot of separate aisles and cut off areas. With the warm air method, warm air could struggle to be effective throughout all the different spaces, whereas radiant heat can specifically target all areas.

If you are looking for new heating systems for your factory, get in touch with us at Winrow Industrial Heating. Feel free to call us on 08000 588 035.

Lower your January industrial heating bills

One major challenge for any business is managing energy costs in the winter. As the temperatures go down, the heating bills go up. This can be particularly difficult for businesses operating within industrial buildings. These buildings are typically comprised of large open spaces with a greater need for ventilation and are notoriously difficult to keep warm.

Why you must have industrial heating

Regardless of the associated challenges of heating a given space, it still needs to happen. It’s of the utmost importance that employees are comfortable at work, both for employee retention and well being, as well as for productivity. Furthermore, the government has a set of mandated ‘Workplace Temperatures” which must be adhered to. The Approved Code of Practice suggests the minimum temperature in a workplace should normally be at least 16 degrees Celsius. If the work involves rigorous physical effort, the temperature should be at least 13 degrees Celsius.  It is the legal responsibility of every employer to provide a reasonable level of comfort for their employees.

Heating at a lower cost

Maintaining a consistent level of heat is difficult in an industrial setting at the best of times, let alone doing so without breaking the bank. Fortunately, we at Winrow have developed an innovative approach that not only overcomes the specific challenges of industrial heating, but also presents a significant reduction in energy bills.

Winrow utilises the latest techniques in energy heat recovery to offer bespoke factory heating systems. In many cases, this approach represents as much as a 30% savings on running costs in addition to significant capital cost savings.

To find out how we at Winrow Building Services can help you save money on your heating and provide a cost-effective, environmentally friendly and efficient upgrade or replacement, simply call us today on 08000 588 035 and let us find the right solution to your industrial heating problems.

Why you need indoor entertainment heating

With any space, having the right heating solution in place is key, particularly when it comes to entertainment spaces. If customers are unable to feel comfortable in your space as a result of the temperature their experience will be compromised, ultimately damaging your business. Creating a well heated space and environment within your business only requires a reasonable initial investment that in the long term will only benefit yourself and your customers.

The Benefits


The right heating solution for your indoor entertainment venue will only improve your facilities and with that your reputation for providing your customers with consistent comfort will only grow. It is these details that create customer loyalty and is what will keep them coming back time and time again as well as recommending you to others. Whether it be in a space where customers actively enjoy and partake in the entertainment or are simply spectators, a comfortable temperature is the best way to keep their spirits up.

Not only is it important to keep your customers at a comfortable temperature throughout their visit but you must also be aware of any health and safety regulations in place. With the right heating solution in place that is regularly serviced and maintained you will be able to avoid any penalties and violations.

Save Money

On average, if the right heating system is installed into a facility and well maintained, the energy bills can drop by up to 40% a year. The right fuel, whether that be Natural Gas, Oil or LPG can help you to achieve this whilst heating your space as quickly and efficiently as possible.
The types of indoor entertainment facilities that generally benefit most from these types of heating systems can vary from large music venues to soft play businesses, indoor trampoline parks, activity centres, theatres and more.