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.

Space Heating is The Answer to Lowering Monthly Bills

When warming up a large space, you want a system that juggles efficiency, cost, and effectiveness. This is instead of the alternative: running the central heating at a higher temperature, resulting in extra costs and hassle. In an industrial space this is an impracticality; so why not use a larger space heating system?

There was a common notion back in the day that these kinds of heaters were just as costly as central heating. However, times have changed, and it’s now extremely easy to discover energy efficient and low-cost space heating systems. These new models allow spaces to be fully heated safely and comfortably at just a fraction of the cost that was associated with older installations. More often than not, it’s even cheaper to use a large-space heating solution rather than using your central air heater. Let’s take a look at the main advantages of using space heating and how it can affect the overall cost.

Lower energy costs

A common misconception is that space heating costs more on top of monthly bills if you’re using two heating sources. Turning up your thermostat when you feel a chill will drastically ramp up your bills. Focusing a space heater precisely on where and when you need to warm up will save you money on your energy bills.

Greater energy efficiency

An industrial space heater will use less electricity than a central heating system. This limits your company’s environmental impact, whilst also cutting the electricity bill costs down. This reduces your building’s carbon footprint. In an increasingly environmentally-conscious world, it’s critical that we all do our part.

Reliability

Alongside the cost benefits, space heating is easily a much more reliable source for your heating needs. They are simple to run, making it less time-consuming. They are essentially a bigger version of a basic household electric fire which allows you, your employees, clients, or guests to always have peace of mind.

Space heating has come a long way and is now even more efficient for industrial and commercial usages. To reach the maximum effect, make sure to control the temperature and the time you have the heater on to reap the benefits of a space heater in your workplace.

Heaters that have these controls are often cheaper to run because you can decide how and when you want specific areas heated based on your company needs. Industrial space heating systems deliver a comfortable and balanced working temperature to any factory setting by having the most up-to-date and innovative heat recovery techniques.

At Winrow Building Services, we can modify and adapt the design of each system providing the most fuel efficient and effective heating solution for industrial and commercial buildings. If you would like to create a warmer and easier work atmosphere get in touch with us on 08000 588 035.

Is Your Warehouse Heating Adaptable during Winter?

There is one thing you can be sure of in the UK – that you can never be sure what the weather will be like next. Granted, our weather isn’t quite as extreme as other places who are battling minus 30 degrees in winter or 45 degrees in the summer, but we have our own problems to deal with.

The winter of 2018/2019 has been mild so far, meaning that your warehouse heating might not have been too energy-intensive or costly – so far. However, The Met Office has predicted snow, ice, and sleet to sweep over the nation in the coming weeks, making it much harder to heat your warehouse. As energy prices could increase by around 10% in the Spring of 2019, it’s useful to make sure you’re in control of your boiler.

Adaptability

With the weather as tumultuous as it is, you need to make sure your warehouse heating system can adapt to the changing temperatures. Keeping your heating on at the same level come rain or shine is going to lead to problems for your business.

Cost

Being able to adapt the temperature of your warehouse means being able to adapt the amount of energy you are using. If temperatures are warmer, you can afford to use less heat in your warehouse and therefore save money on your heating bill. You’ll only use the energy you need.

Environment

By reducing the amount of energy you waste and using energy more efficiently, you’ll reduce your carbon footprint. This helps you protect the environment. Keeping your heating temperature the same at all times regardless of the weather can lead to excessive use of the fossil fuels that power your boiler, leading to greater volumes of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.

Staff

If you have a lot of staff working in your warehouse, you need to be able to adjust the temperature easily for their benefit. Staff who are too hot or too cold become irritated and unhappy, reducing the overall productivity of your workforce. They need to be able to keep the temperature at a desirable level to stay satisfied.

How to make sure your warehouse heating is easily adjustable?

Sometimes, making sure your heating system can respond to the changes in the weather is as simple as making sure your staff know where to locate the thermostat, timer, or boiler. Sometimes you may need to take extra steps like fitting a more modern boiler that can make quick adjustments. Other things to consider are:

  • Smart thermostats – These are connected to the internet allowing you to control your boiler remotely using a mobile phone or tablet. Even when you are not in your warehouse, you can change the temperature settings, turning it off if it’s not in use, or turning it on before your staff arrives.
  • Smart meters – For more accurate pricing information, energy savings, and cost savings on your energy bill.
  • A more energy efficient boiler – It will save you money and lower your carbon footprint.

Heating your warehouse for less through the winter is easier than ever with the introduction of new boiler technology. It might just be the best way to keep your staff happy and productive throughout 2019.

If you need help making sure you warehouse heating is up to scratch, get in touch with Winrow today on 08000 588 035. We will assess each warehouse on an individual basis to provide you with the bespoke heating solution you need.

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 industrial heating this winter

Industrial heating can help you save money and keep your customers and staff warmer this winter. At Winrow, we specialise in providing our customers with industrial heating solutions of the highest calibre, and we are only happy when you are completely content with the service that we have provided.

We have been designing, supplying, installation and servicing industrial space heating systems for more than three decades and are able to provide solutions to heat all sorts of commercial environments, from garages and sports halls to retail units, factories and warehouses.

Comfort all year round

Our solutions keep employees warm, comfortable and therefore more productive during the colder months of the year. The solutions that we provide also ensure comfort is maximised in environments where customers can be found, helping you enhance your reputation and keeping them returning to your venue time and time again.

We can provide a fast, reliable service, with 7-day turnarounds from your initial enquiry frequently possible. We can adapt our solutions to meet your specific heating needs and are able to provide heaters for corrosive environments, localised heat, energy recovery, flammable atmospheres, outdoor heating and suspended solutions for those wishing to save floor space.

Tailored solutions available

At Winrow, we provide solutions for natural gas, oil and LPG, providing heaters from leading brands including Roberts Gordon, AmbiRad, Benson and Combat. Each system is tailored to deliver the highest standard of fuel efficiency possible, and we have even helped one customer to cut their fuel bill by a stunning 40%.

Should you already have access to your own installer, this is not a problem – we can supply heaters direct without installation. Our solutions are focussed on helping you reduce your fuel bills without compromising on comfort, even when the climate is at its most challenging.

To find out more, complete the contact form on our website or call 08000 588 035.