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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Heating Systems for Indoor Entertainment Clubs and Venues

Heating indoor entertainment venues can seem like a daunting task, but it’s a necessary one to ensure that your customers and clients can make the most of both the entertainment and the venue.

Large-scale indoor entertainment clubs and venues can be as diverse as concert halls and trampoline parks, and each venue will have their own different requirements and specifications when it comes to heating. Winrow has specific, tailored solutions that can be applied to any particular venue, which allows us to worry about heating the venue, while you worry about the entertainment.

Why Heat Indoor Entertainment Venues?

Heating indoor entertainment venues is an important task throughout the year, even in summer, because you never know when you might have an unusually cold day or night.

Providing heating solutions for indoor entertainment clubs and venues will provide your customers with a much higher level of comfort and enjoyment, and you’ll want to know that you’re in full control of temperatures and air quality to make their experience even better. If it’s too cold, they won’t enjoy the music, but if it’s too hot in another venue, it won’t be so much fun trampolining.

Types of Heating for Indoor Entertainment Venues

There are several different methods of heating indoor entertainment venues, and the best method for a particular venue will depend on a variety of factors including the size and the layout. Here are the two most common methods.

Warm Air Heating

Warm air heating is provided by efficient warm air heaters and is one of the best methods of heating indoor entertainment venues. Warm air heaters come in three types, and are powered by gas, oil, or electric.

The concept is simple; the air is passed through a heat exchanger before being circulated by a fan. Warm air heaters are perfect for large entertainment venues, as you can position multiple heaters in different locations to optimise the temperatures and to keep heating consistent across the building.

Warm air heaters are very effective at keeping temperatures inside an indoor venue at their optimum. While they take time to actually warm up after being turned on, they are easy to control once fired up.

Radiant Heating

Another way to efficiently heat an indoor entertainment venue is through the use of radiant heating. Radiant heating involves mounting tube heaters on ceilings or on walls, and these tubes then produce heat and warm up whatever objects or people come into its line of sight.

Radiant heating is the perfect way to direct heat to specific areas of a venue, and in comparison to warm air heating, radiant heating acts much quicker. You have a higher level of control, as you can simply turn the radiant tubes on and off and they instantly begin heating, whereas warm air heating can take time to begin heating and circulating the air.

The downside, however, is that radiant tubes aren’t as consistent across a venue and aren’t good at keeping the entire venue consistently heated in the same way as warm air heaters do.

Contact our experts at Winrow to find out the best way to heat your indoor entertainment venue, and to request a quote today.

Industrial Heating Installations for All Types of Workshops

Providing efficient heating presents a number of challenges for large spaces like workshops. Inefficient systems not only lead to poor heat distribution but also result in higher operating costs. As a plant manager or workshop owner, improving the efficiency of industrial heating equipment needs to be a priority.

A common objection is that industrial heating equipment has a high initial cost. But the increased efficiency will save your workshop more in the long-term. High-efficiency equipment uses less energy and generally costs less to operate than its older counterparts. These systems are also built to last, which means you can rely on them without having to worry about costly repairs.

The need to reduce our carbon footprint has never been higher. Industrial heating systems that are more efficient are also better from an environmental standpoint. Efficient systems ultimately mean lower energy consumption, which benefits the environment.

So how can you efficiently heat a workshop and maintain comfortable working temperatures? Here we’ll look at several workshop heating solutions that are specifically designed for industrial environments.

Warm Air Heating

Warm air heating offers a popular solution for heating large spaces like industrial workshops. These systems work by drawing air through a heat exchanger to increase its temperature. A fan then evenly distributes the warm air throughout the space to prevent any cold spots.

Warm air heaters can be gas or oil-based with floors units available. If floor space is at a premium, these heaters can also be suspended from the roof or mounted on the wall.

Radiant Heating

Radiant heaters are available in two configurations – suspended tubes or plaque heaters. Both systems work by emitting infrared radiation, which warms people and nearby objects. A distinct difference is that radiant heaters do not warm the surrounding air like warm air heaters do. However, if your workshop opens up outside, then radiant heating is your best option.

Radiant heaters are very energy efficient, as you can easily direct heat to where it’s needed. Rather than heat an entire workshop, these units can be used to heat specific workspaces or areas. This helps to significantly reduce your overall energy usage.

Destratification Fans

Workshops that have high ceilings and use warm air heaters have to contend with the fact that some of the warmed air will rise to the top. This can lead to an uneven distribution of heat and result in higher energy usage. The answer is to suspend destratification fans from the ceiling where the warm air can be recirculated to the floor space.

Which Industrial Heater Is Right for You?

Which heater you install for your workshop depends on many factors. Warm air heaters work well for larger spaces, as they provide an even distribution of heat. However, these units need to be spaced apart to keep the entire area heated and you may need multiple units depending on how large the workshop is. Radiant heaters allow you to easily direct heat but these systems are not always practical for certain applications.

Whichever system you choose for your workshop, it’s best to leave these installations to an experienced professional to ensure they’re installed correctly. To find out more about industrial heating solutions for workshops or to request a quote for your project, contact Winrow today on 08000 588035.

Heating Large Retail Showroom Spaces Efficiently

Showrooms are frequently used to showcase new products and invite prospective clients for a closer look at how an organisation works. Visually pleasing spaces are key to making a great first impression. Another important aspect is maintaining comfortable temperatures. But heating large retail showroom spaces so can be difficult, especially in the winter months.

Poor heat distribution can result in cold pockets of air. Inefficient heating systems can also inflate operating costs and increase carbon footprint. Taking all of these factors together to heat a large space while also maintaining a comfortable working environment can be challenging.

There are two showroom heating solutions – warm air heating and radiant heating. Here we’ll provide an overview of how both are used to keep large spaces heated.

Warm Air Heating for Retails Showrooms

Warm air heating is one of the most popular ways to heat large open spaces like showrooms, warehouses, and factories. These heaters work by heating the surrounding air, which in turn keeps the environment and its inhabitants warm.

Heating works by passing air through heat exchange to increase its temperature. The warm air is then circulated throughout an open area using a fan. The even distribution of warm air prevents cold spots from forming. Warm air heaters are available in different types – gas, electric, and oil-based.

These systems can be suspended from the roof, mounted on a wall, or placed on the floor. Which type you ultimately opt for largely depends on the layout of space and floor area available. If floor space is at a premium, suspended or wall-mounted heaters will likely be preferred. Warm air heaters need to be placed correctly to ensure the entire area is heated. You may also need to install additional units depending on how large the retail showroom is.

Radiant Heating for Showroom Spaces

Radiant heating is provided by suspended radiant tubes or plaque heaters, which are wall-mounted or suspended from the ceiling. Both types work by emitting infrared radiation from the surface. Unlike warm air heaters, which work by warming the air, radiant heaters work by heating nearby objects and people.

One of the limitations of radiant heating is that people need to be in its line of sight to be warmed. Radiant heating may not be practical for certain floor layouts as objects like shelving could block the warmth. However, this type of heating works great for areas that lead outside, such as loading bays.

Destratification

For large retail showrooms that have high ceilings, some of the warm air will rise to the top. This leads to wasted energy, which could end up costing more in the long term. The solution is to combine warm air heating and suspend destratification fans from the ceiling to recirculate the warm air to the occupied space at the bottom. This helps to improve the efficiency of the main heating systems and keep heating costs down.

Whether you opt for warm air heating or radiant heating for a large retail showroom, these systems should be installed by experienced professionals for optimal performance. To find out more about how to heat large retail showrooms or to request a quote for your project, contact Winrow today.