Industrial Heating: Investigating the Options

Industrial heating makes up almost two thirds of a company’s total energy usage. It is perhaps no surprise that companies are looking at ways to save energy and reduce costs. Investing in an efficient industrial heating system can really make a difference. But what are the choices and how do they differ? Let’s investigate.

Warm Air Heating vs. Radiant HeatersIndustrial Heater in action

Industrial space heating falls into two main types: warm air heating and radiant heaters.  Warm air heating works by heating the air in a room, then recirculating it. Radiant heaters, in contrast, warm surrounding surfaces and objects. They then act as secondary heat emitters and help to raise the air temperature around them.


Warm air heating systems are by far the most common form of industrial heating, suiting many types of industrial settings including warehouses, retail premises, factories and showrooms.  They work best in buildings with a height of less than 15 meters. If your building is poorly insulated and suffers from high heat losses, radiant heating is a better option. A particularly good choice for garden centres or glasshouses, it works well in high ceiling buildings such as sports halls.


Both systems offer many benefits. Warm air heating systems are relatively cheap to install, enjoy low running costs and are usually easy to maintain. They use less energy than other system types and can reduce energy consumption by up to 40 percent. Radiant heating systems are inexpensive to install, and enjoy low running and maintenance costs. They offer more flexibility than warm air heating systems with regards to design, and will also heat the building up faster and for a longer period of time.

If you’re interested in a more efficient industrial heating system, contact us at Winrow. We will help you find the right system to meet your business’s needs.

Ben Winrow
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