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If you are the owner of a warehouse, then the recent drops in temperature mean that you are probably concerned about maintaining the temperature of your warehouse over the winter period and keeping your energy costs to a minimum. By looking at ways to maximise your temperature control measures in the warehouse, you will be taking the first steps in ensuring the temperature in your warehouse stays consistent, and your energy bills as low as possible.
Here are some of our tips on how to manage your warehouse temperature control problems this Winter:
Door Seals and Draught Excluders
One of the easiest (and cheapest) improvements to implement is the addition of an industrial door seal or draught excluder. Think about the cold drafts of air you can sometimes feel in your home in the winter, and then imagine what this feels like in a warehouse situation with large loading bay doors letting in air - brrrrr.
As you can imagine, a large amount of energy is lost in warehouses through gaps, especially those around loading dock doors. To save on energy costs, therefore, you need to make sure these gaps are sealed and that any damaged insulation is repaired. You can also install vinyl strip curtains at loading dock doors to help reduce the amount of air which can escape when loading and unloading operations are taking place.
Use HVAC Zones
Inviting an HVAC (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) expert to come and assess the warehouse temperature control measures you already have in place, is always a good idea. Different spaces in your warehouse will have different temperature needs: for example, your office space will have a different temperature need than a cold room. This means that you don't need an HVAC unit running all the time in every single area, and the HVAC professional can help you to determine the level of air conditioning and heating required to have the optimum temperature levels for equipment operation and product storage.
Occupancy is the use of a portion of the building - meaning that it is unlikely the whole of your warehouse will be occupied at any one time. You can, therefore, buy occupancy sensors which will dim or turn off lights when there is no one in the space - thereby saving energy. They also help you to save energy as all lights emit heat as well.
Use Radiant Heat
Sometimes it is not practical to keep your whole warehouse at a temperature above the 60-degree mark (which is what is comfortable for employees) - especially in loading bay areas. You may, therefore, want to think about investing in radiant heaters to target temperatures in specific spaces within the warehouse. Another option you could consider are space heaters which are energy efficient heating solutions for both open and racked warehouses.
Here at Strip Curtains Direct, we have a wide range of products to help you maintain the temperature in your warehouse from draught excluders to polar grade kits. To learn more about the variety of products we offer, check out the rest of our website.