Heating any environment can be difficult, but when it comes to commercial warehouse space, you’re faced with so many more challenges. But as a warehouse owner you’re always looking for ways to reduce your costs and increase your profits, which means you might need to look at the heating, cooling and ventilation solution you have in place. After all, did you know that heating and ventilation can sometimes make up between 15% and 30% of the cost of running a warehouse? By making a few simple changes and having the right systems in place, you can be confident that your HVAC systems are as energy efficient as possible, while saving you money on heating your warehouse.
Implement An Energy-Efficient System
Unsurprisingly the best way to reduce your warehouse heating bills is to start with an energy-efficient HVAC system. This means a system that is designed to heat large spaces, circulate air effectively and evenly distribute heat to maintain a comfortable temperature for employees, customers and inventory. It also means you will need to look at the fuel source for your heating system. Gas boilers can be expensive to run for large premises, so switching to a heat pump will often save you money.
Section Off Employee Workspace
In most cases the products you’re storing could be kept at colder or hotter temperatures than the employees working in the space. Rather than spending extra money heating a full warehouse to that ideal working temperature, you can section off areas of the space for employee workspace. This means you can focus on achieving a temperature that’s comfortable and allows employees to be productive in a smaller space, and reduce the energy spent heating storage spaces.
Large, slow fans can be used to push the heat that rises back down to the ground level. This is a great way to utilize the heat that naturally rises and recirculates back into the area that it is needed. You can also use fans to utilize the heat that is created by machinery in the warehouse.
Utilize Automation Technology
Most modern HVAC systems will come with some form of automation tools, so that you can set the optimum parameters and trust the system will follow them. This includes things like sectioning off different zones, or automatically setting schedules for the system. There will even be controls where the system turns off when there hasn’t been movement or traffic in the area for a chosen amount of time. This can be helpful for warehouses that do get customer traffic during some hours of the day.
Invest In Door Jambs
Doors with fast-mechanisms that open and close quickly can save energy. By installing seals on all the doors, you can ensure that you’re saving energy when the doors are closed. Some warehouses even use vinyl curtains on the doors to keep the hot air out when the doors are open.
As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when planning a warehouse HVAC system, but even these simple steps can make a big difference when it comes to your energy bills. If you’re still concerned by the cost of heating your warehouse despite all of the above, we recommend speaking to a professional HVAC engineer to ensure your system is working correctly.
At Bonus Eventus Maintenance we understand how difficult it can be to keep your warehouse heated and ensure no money is wasted in the process. That’s why we offer free site visits and reviews to any and all warehouses and commercial buildings. Our experts will assess your warehouse heating systems and provide free advice and information, including recommendations for thermostat settings and heat zoning. If you’d like to know more, or to book your free warehouse survey, just get in touch with the team today.