Preparing a Warehouse for the Cold this Winter

Warehouse Heating this Winter

Providing a warehouse with heating that maintains its efficiency during the colder months comes with a number of challenges. The layout, products and employees within the warehouse need to be considered so that there is adequate heat distribution throughout the space. There are many heating systems that are be effective in heating warehouses but it can be difficult to know which is best for you. Here we go through a number of options you may want to consider to ensure that your warehouse is prepared this winter.

Warm air heating

Warm air heating works by drawing air across a heat exchanger and then pushing it out with a fan to warm the air in the desired space. The system then works to ensure that this warm air is evenly distributed within the space to maintain the desired temperature. With this type of system you have a number of choices of what your heat source is. This can be a gas or oil burner within the heater itself or heat created from pipes where hot water is pumped through from a boiler. This same method can be used with an electrical element heater. There are now also more modern versions of this system available in a condensed version which allow the delivery of a higher energy efficiency. This type of system can be suspended from the roof of the warehouse, mounted on a wall or stand on the floor. Although placing the model on the floor would create for easier access for maintenance work, most specialists would recommend that it is suspended from the roof to create evenly distributed heat. There is however some floor based models which are specifically designed for creating evenly distributed air. These models sit and rotate to move large volumes of air through the space making it a more energy efficient system.

Radiant heating

Radiant heating works in the same way that heat is transferred when you are holding a hot drink in that the heat is transferred into and through the material. Radiant heating emits radiation from the surface and is able to heat people and objects but does not warm the air surrounding it. Within the context of a warehouse, this type of heating is typically provided through suspended radiant tubes. It can also be installed within the flooring and/or the walls of the property but this is generally used in homes. Generally, this is a much more environmentally friendly option and will save you more money in utility bills. It can, however, be more expensive to install which is why most warehouses tend to use warm air heating.

Ultimately, every warehouse is different and will have different heating needs. There are many factors to take into account before choosing a specific heating system and it is important that this system meets your requirements. It is advisable that you seek out a specialist heating company to further discuss your options. If you use a well-established company you will receive not only their years of knowledge but also experience to help deliver the best heating solution.

For more information on the choices you have when heating your warehouse call us on 08000 588 035 for a free quotation. With over 30 years experience in the industry we can assess your building and tailor a solution for your specific requirements.

Ben Winrow
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