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.

What Is the Correct Working Temperature for Your Warehouse?

It’s well known that being too hot or too cold at work can have a detrimental effect on the productivity, mood and welfare of your workforce. This is legitimately recognised in the UK by the Health and Safety Executive, and workplace working temperatures are covered by Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

Is There a Legal Requirement?

While not a legal requirement, employers have a duty of care towards their employees to provide a reasonable and comfortable environment in which to work. The guidelines suggest reasonable temperatures are:

  • A minimum of 16℃ for a normal workplace.
  • A minimum of 13℃ for a workplace where there is ‘rigorous physical effort’.

Of course, everyone’s idea of rigorous physical effort may be different, but in general this is classed as activity such as carrying heavy loads.

Variations on the Rules

It would be impossible to have one blanket rule for all workplaces, and variations of the rule can be used if there is particular function that requires a certain temperature. It has to be recognised, for example, that a cold food processing or packing plant would need to operate at a lower temperature than a furniture warehouse. Equally, a warehouse where staff are constantly packing, loading, storing and transporting goods would reasonably be expected to be run at a lower temperature than an office where the workers are sat at desks for long periods.

How Winrow Can Help

At Winrow, we’re experts in commercial heating solutions, with over 30 years’ experience in the industry. Before agreeing to undertake any work for you, we inspect the site in question to fully understand your business, to ensure we make the best recommendations.

Our goal is to provide the most comfortable working temperatures for your workforce in the warehouse or elsewhere. Contact us today to find out how we can improve your business through our specialist heating solutions.

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.