Warehouses often contain all the stock, which is essentially the mainframe of any business. Regardless of what you’re storing, having the right temperatures in the warehouse is vital.
Cold temperatures can damage inventory, leading to deterioration and obsolescence. You could also experience lower productivity and efficiency if the warehouse workers aren’t kept warm. These commercial spaces are often huge and difficult to keep warm in cold months without increasing energy expenses. That’s why we’ve offered some helpful tips for keeping them warm:
Ensure Efficient Heat Generation
Investing in some kind of industrial heating systems is the first step to bringing up the temperature in your warehouse. But whatever system you use, ensure it is up-to-date with regular maintenance. This will extend the heater’s life and ensure it operates at optimal efficiency. A poorly maintained unit, on the other hand, can pose a huge safety risk, especially if it’s gas-fired.
Maintain Proper Air Circulation
Industrial heating systems can’t effectively distribute heat throughout an entire warehouse. This is because warm air tends to rise and stay upwards. It’s not uncommon to have 20-degree temperature differences between the floor and ceiling of a warehouse. This means that it will feel much cooler down below where employees are working, thereby reducing productivity levels. You can solve this by installing industrial ceiling fans. These HVLS fans can run in reverse, pushing the collected warm air back down. This reverse function helps to distribute heat so all areas in the warehouse have a consistent temperature.
Prevent Heat Loss
It’s impossible to avoid heat exchanges with cold outdoor air, especially when shipments move in and out. Warehouses have very large doors and windows, which are a major source of heat loss. One easy way to prevent heat loss is by closing entryways when not in use. Next, ensure doors and windows are kept in good condition. Any gaps at the top, bottom, and sides of each door should be filled by adding weather strips or seals to prevent heat exchanges. Other solutions for retaining as much heat as possible include installing:
- High-speed doors: These close quickly to keep heat from escaping
High-speed doors: Insulated dock panel doors:Insulation kits:
- Insulated dock panel doors: While very effective, these can be quite pricey if there are many dock positions to install.
- Insulation kits: These are less expensive and easy to install
The cold season can be an expensive time for warehouse owners. But you can significantly reduce these negative impacts by taking these simple steps. If you need industrial heating systems in Manchester and throughout the North West, UK, look no further than ST Heating Services Ltd. Our well-experienced HVAC contractors are only a call away for any installation, repair, and maintenance services.