How to efficiently heat a retail shop

Each property is different and requires its own unique means of heating which is why it is important that as a business owner you choose a heating system that is right for your needs. All business owners will want to not only be energy efficient but also cost efficient particularly in times where utility bills are skyrocketing.

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There are many different options to consider when it comes to cost saving heating solution and it can often become confusing to understand which would best suit your needs. To help you through this process, we have picked out some of the top cost-efficient options to help you better understand what is available on the market.

LPG Heating

This type of heating named Liquified Petroleum Gas is an environmentally friendly heating option that can be used in properties that aren’t connected to the mains gas grid. There are many advantages to using this type of heating system starting with it being a clean burning fuel in that it produces substantially less carbon emissions than other typical retail heating systems.

On average it is said to produce over 33% less Carbon Dioxide than coal burning systems. It is also a lot safer to work with as even if there is a spillage of LPG it won’t cause any harm to the environment and won’t contaminate any water. The tanks in which it is stored can also be placed underground, so you won’t have to deal with an eyesore every day.

That being said, there are some disadvantages to using an LPG system, starting with that fact you will have to rent the tank it is stored in from your supplier. This also means that the tank and all its appliances will have to be regular services around once a year by a gas safety engineer- something uncommon with most other heating systems. Another factor that can often be off-putting is the cost, as this type of gas can be quite expensive over time.

Radiant Heating Tubes

Radiant heating tubes are gas-fired infrared heating tubes that are ranked among the group of decentralised heating systems. Unlike central heating systems, the tubes work by heating very precise areas as opposed to heating the area and the immediate space surrounding. These tubes can be installed either in a linear fashion or in a ‘U’ shape depending on the needs of the property.

One of the biggest advantages of radiant heating is that it can be easily switched on and off and you immediately feel the effects of the system without having to wait for it to warm up like other systems. Plus, when it is turned off, the heat will remain for a long period after, so it doesn’t need to be on right up until the end of the workday. This type of heating can provide any work environment with a pleasant boost of heat, perfect for colder and mild seasons.

Calculating how efficient your heating system is.

Every business needs heating but often it can be one of the biggest drains of cash especially during the colder months. It is important to every business owner to keep energy bills as low as possible whilst ensuring their employees are kept at a comfortable temperature. This is why it is important to understand how to calculate your heat efficiency in order to become more cost effective. Here we have simple and easy guide to understanding how to calculate how much you are spending on your electric heating.

The first step is to find out how much you are paying per unit of electricity, this information will be available to you on your electric bill. If you are struggling to find it, you can simply call your energy supplier and they will quickly be able to provide you with these figures.

Once you have this figure, the next step is to find out how much input power your heating system is using. This will be measured in kW and is usually found on the information detailed on the side of your heater itself.

You will then need to multiply these two together so (input power in kW x the price of your electricity per hour in kW). This figure should give you an estimate of the hourly running costs of your heating system. As an example, if you were to pay 6p per kWh and you are running a 4kW heating system, you would need to multiple 6p x 4kW x 1 hour to come up with how much it is costing you each hour.

With this number, you will then be able to estimate the daily costs of your system by multiplying this number (the cost per hour) by how many number you have the system running in the working day. You will also be able to estimate monthly and yearly running costs by multiplying the daily cost number by the number of days you will be using the heating system for within that period of time.

Having these figures can help you as a business owner to better understand how efficient your heating system is and therefore to better understand your energy bills. This knowledge might help you figure out if its now time to have a new and more energy efficient heating system installed if you feel that you are paying out large sums of money for a sub-par system. Equally, it may help if you are looking to become a more carbon neutral company and become CTS (Carbon Trust Standard) certified. This type of certification not only enhances your reputation by differentiating your brand but it also has the ability to make your business not only more attractive to prospective customers but also to shareholders. By focusing on driving this awareness of your environmental credentials among shareholders, prospective customers and your staff you will garner recognition as an independently-verified environmentally responsible organisation.

What are radiant tubes

Radiant Heating

There are many types of heating that you will want to consider depending on the type of project you are undertaking. Radiant tube heating is great for almost instantly heating any area, for example if you have a poorly insulated warehouse bay that needs heating, radiant tubes offer an excellent soliton.

The heat is able to be retained easily throughout the day and can be switched off long before the end of the working day whilst maintaining the rooms temperature. There are many benefits to using radiant tube heating for a number of spaces, some of which are listed below.

  • With radiant tubes you will notice a significant reduction in running costs not only because as previously mentioned, you can turn them off and they will still heat the space but because they are a low energy heating option. You may be able to save up to 65% on your future fuel costs and be able to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Although radiant tubes are a low energy heating system you will find that they are able to provide a very even heat coverage throughout the desired space.
  • Unlike other heating systems, radiant tubes do not directly heat the air, instead they work in the same way as the sun in that they heat via infrared waves. As these waves travel through the air, they dissipate as heat onto people and objects in the room creating a consistent room temperature. As a result, it is ideal in areas where there is high air infiltration such as a warehouse space with open bay doors.
  • Radiant tubes only take a few minutes to heat the room to your desired temperature which means less energy is wasted in warm-up times. If the room is exposed to colder temperature such as a door being open it does not take long for the system to recover from this and reheat the space.
  • Because the tubes will be directed downwards towards the desired heating space and its occupants you will find that any heat lost through the roof as you would find with other systems is kept to a minimum.
  • This type of system is very easy to install into any space although it is advised that if you choose this system to use a professional heating specialist company so that they can ensure it is installed safely and correctly. Once this is done, it is a very easy system to maintain and operate with no issues of having to bleed radiators or check the water pressure as you would with other more traditional heating systems.
  • This type of system is very easy to control so that you can quickly adjust the temperature for different areas of your space. You are also able to set it to operating times so that you know that if you are heating a working environment it will be warm for your employees as soon as they arrive. Equally, you can then set it so that it switches off an hour before the end of the working day with the knowledge that the space will remain at the correct temperature.

The Most Inconspicuous Heating Systems

Undoubtedly when it comes to modern heating systems the most inconspicuous has to be Radiant Floor Heating. Whilst most homes in the UK use central heating systems or forced air, these aren’t the only options. Not only are Radiant Heating Systems much more aesthetically pleasing they are also a lot better for the environment. This system allows you to save energy whilst creating a comfortable living environment by distributing heating only where it is needed.

How does it work?

The system consists of a series of tubes the consistently circulate hot water or depending on the system you have installed, electrical heating elements. The system is placed into a concrete slab as it is being poured which then allows the thermal mass of the stone to become a radiator of heat. To explain it simply, it is similar to when you hold a hot drink in that the heat is transferred through radiant energy and heats your hands as well as the surrounding area. This heating system works in the same way but the hot water supply is more consistent and therefore stay heated for your desired time. There are many benefits to having this type of system, firstly as mentioned it is a lot more aesthetically pleasing in the modern home without any bulky installations.

It also heats the desired space with much more efficiency than other heating systems without creating any drafts. It is a lot easier to control the temperature and keep it consistent so that never again do you have to wake up to cold flooring. One of the main issues people tend to find with forced air systems aside from the noise it can make is that it works by circulating air that contains, dust, allergens and other particles. This can be a nightmare for those who suffer from allergies such as hay fever. Finally, one of the biggest benefits people find is the reduced utility bills as concrete radiant heating requires less energy to reach your desired temperature.

What if I already have concrete flooring?

If you already have concrete flooring installed and aren’t looking to pay out for new concrete slabs with the heating system preinstalled there is another option. Radiant heating can be installed as ultrathin electric heating mats that are able to be embedded into a thin layer of cement. In doing so you are able to have the same effect without significantly raising the height of the floor.

Radiant Heating can also be installed in walls as well as floors using the same methods with concrete. The installation process for this can be quite expensive which is why it is not as popular as other heating methods. That being said, as can be seen, the long-term benefits massively outweigh this one time cost and over time you are likely to offset the initial cost with utility savings.

If you are interested in installing radiant heating in your property, the first step is to contact a company that specialises in this type of system. The installation process can be very delicate with a lot of sensitive components that if not installed correctly could cause damage to your property in the long term.

Why underfloor heating is great in the winter

Most homes in the UK have traditional heating systems, those being hot air heating or radiators and whilst these generally do the job you may find an alternative system may better suit your needs. One of the most sought-after alternatives is underfloor heating with its efficiency and affordability it is becoming an increasingly popular option.

What is underfloor heating?

There are two types of system when it comes to underfloor heating, the wet and the dry. With the wet system, you will find warm water pumped through pipes underneath the floor. Alternatively, with the dry system you will have a series of electrical coils conducting heat underneath the floor. With either system, the general result is that heat rises.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of underfloor heating?

Starting with the advantages, underfloor heating is one of the more luxurious ways to heart your home. Being able to immediately feel heat from the floor in a home not only feels welcoming especially in the winter but is much more aesthetically pleasing. Radiators tend to clutter a room without you realising, sitting there just collecting dust.

Having the system beneath the floor also helps to evenly distribute heat in your home. Whilst traditional heating systems work by heating the air immediately surrounding them you will find that the heat is quickly lost throughout the space. Underfloor heating on the other hand is a much better system as it can consistently heat a larger surface area.

Underfloor heating also doesn’t have to work as hard as other heating systems. To feel the effects of a radiator it must use a lot of water and energy, working at a high temperature. However, underfloor heating works at a much lower temperature whilst saving you on your energy bills.

Conversely, there are some drawbacks to having an underfloor heating that should be considered before being installed. Arguably one of the biggest disadvantages to underfloor heating is the cost of the installation. Whilst the system itself is relatively affordable, the installation usually requires a lot of work, especially with pre-renovated properties.

Another issue you may find is that because the system works at much lower temperatures than other systems it will take a lot longer to heat the room. This may mean you want to invest in a timer as well to ensure that your floor and room is the desired temperature at the right time.

There can also be some issues with what you can place on the floor as well depending on the type of system. It can be dangerous to have certain fittings or pieces of furniture on the floor due to the heat as well as the weight of the object.

Finally, if the system is not properly installed it can cause a lot of problems later on for the homeowner. Unlike other heating systems you will find that there isn’t easy access if anything goes wrong. Having to remove your flooring just to fix your heating system can work out much costlier than you would have first thought.