When the temperature drops, you can end up losing a lot of money to heating an inefficient warehouse. So instead of throwing money away this winter, make sure you prep your warehouse for the cold weather. After all, there are several low-cost actions you can take to make any storage facility more winter friendly.
Windows and Doors
One of the main reasons for losing heating efficiency in your warehouse (or any other room for the matter) is due to inadequate insulation around windows and doors. If you have windows in your warehouse, make sure they’re properly insulated. Check for cracks around the paneling, hinges (if they have any), and the glass itself. The same applies to doors, especially the bigger they are. If you’ve experienced high heating costs in the past, you may find this an easy remedy to your problem.
On a separate note, having windows in your warehouse can actually help with heating costs, provided they are properly insulated, of course. This is simply because windows will let in natural light and offer the heat that comes with it. This is especially true with large skylights.
From Ceilings to Floors
Here’s another reality to keep in mind. Because hot air rises, the ceiling of your warehouse may be more adequately heated than the floor. In order to solve this problem, make certain you have the proper means in place for good air circulation. In fact, before winter even starts, you should check the status of your heating and duct system to ensure that everything is operating to full efficiency. An old furnace and plugged air ducts can cause as much heat loss as poorly insulated doors and windows.
What’s more, you should segment areas of the warehouse that don’t need as much heat regulation from areas that do. In other words, only heat what needs to be heated. If a certain section of your warehouse is used for storing materials that aren’t in need of temperature regulation, then partition it from the rest of the warehouse and don’t waste any heat on it.
Protect Your Storage
Anyone who stores temperature-sensitive products in their warehouse knows how ambient temperatures affect the material stored within the same space. If you need your storage to remain at room temperature, then the air around it is going to need to be even warmer. This could amount to elevated heating costs and a significant yearly investment. But there are few things that can be done to limit this exchange.
To start with, if you’re storing metal containers full of temperature-sensitive material on a cement floor (common in most warehouses) then you are going to lose a lot of heat through the floor. Think about how well cement keeps in the cold and think about well metal transfers temperature. So to help solve this problem, you can keep something between your storage and the floor, such as a wooden board or pallet for example.
Additionally, it would be very wise to insulate your storage against the cold. Wrapping your barrels, drums, totes, and other storage units in a sufficient insulator can help them maintain their temperature without the need for turning up the heat.