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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.

How passive solar heating in your showroom saves you money

Energy costs are increasing every year. This month, British Gas announced their gas and electricity prices will increase by 5.5%, and other energy companies are showing similar trends. For spaces like showrooms – that are already hard to keep warm – increasing energy prices may start to take a significant chunk out of your business’s profitability. So what can you do to mitigate the effects of rising energy bills?

Make sure you only use heating when necessary, ensuring that you meet the 16°C law requirement for workplace temperatures. But, there are also ways to control your showroom temperature that don’t rely on electric or gas heating systems. Natural heating systems can be built into the architecture of your showroom meaning less money spent on heating and less contribution to global warming from fossil fuel powered heat. Most of this design relies on your windows.

Showrooms are places for you to show off your products. This means that often, showrooms have many large windows to catch curious eyes. If these windows are put on the south-facing side of your showroom, they let the sun stream in and trap the natural heat. In the northern hemisphere, South-facing windows are in contact with the sun for the most hours per day, so they capture the most warmth.Truck in Showroom

To maximise the capture of natural warmth from the sun, you add heat absorbing floor materials like concrete slabs or tiles. These store heat from the sun and slowly release it throughout the day. This is useful for evenings when the sun has set, allowing you to still feel its warmth.

You will be surprised how effective natural heating is. Sometimes, during particularly hot summer days, the natural heating is almost too effective. For this reason, it is good to have a control visor over the windows. This allows the sun to stream in during the winter when it is most needed but blocks the sun out during the hottest days. This is because the sun is higher in the sky during the summer than in winter.

This natural heating method is called passive solar heating because it requires no artificial energy. But, in the UK we can’t always rely on the sun being around, so it is best to use passive solar heating in combination with an efficient heating system. This will keep staff and customers comfortable while reducing your energy bills as you only have to use your heating system as a backup for passive solar. Passive solar heating is integrated into the design of the showroom itself. For showrooms that are already built or cannot undergo structural changes, there are still efficient heating systems that provide you with the most effective heating with the lowest impact on your wallet.

At Winrow, we are confident we can install the best bespoke heating system for you. We use the latest heat recovery techniques to provide heating which is 30% more cost-effective than typical showroom heating options. If you are wondering how to better heat your workspace, get in contact with us today 08000 588 035, and we can show you how.

Upgrade Your Heating System While the Weather Is Warm

With summer in full swing, you may be thinking that now isn’t the right time to upgrade your boiler. After all, the summer heat is keeping your building space warm. However, now is actually the perfect time to be thinking about an upgrade.

Summer Is When Most Heating Systems Start Having Problems

Because most sytems see little use at warmer times of year, they sit idle. And this is when they tend to develop problems. Boilers are designed to be continually running, and they undergo a lot of stress when they’re constantly turned on and off. Over time, this stress builds up and can cause systems to fail, causing many more problems and hefty bills. It’s crucial to ensure your systems are well maintained and still running optimally.

Less Impact on Your Working Environment

When you upgrade your heating, it’s inevitable that you will be without heat for a while during the work. During the summer months, this will have little impact on your working conditions; after all, the sunshine should be doing that for you. But if you were to change in the winter, you would have to deal with a freezing cold space for a while. And probably some upset employees.

Get a Great Deal on Heating Systems

The summer months tend to be a lot quieter for heating engineers, with fewer emergency callouts. Therefore, there tends to be a lot of great deals popping up. In addition, it’s more likely that your upgrade could happen much quicker – with a less busy schedule comes reduced waiting times.

If you would like to upgrade your boiler, we at Winrow are experts in commercial heating systems with over 30 years’ experience in the industry. We provide heating in a wide range of buildings from warehouses and factories to sports halls, garages and retail units. Contact us today for a FREE quote.