Now that winter is here and the temperature has dropped it can be difficult to keep a warehouse at a comfortable temperature for both staff and goods. With distribution centres working at full speed to keep up with the demands of Christmas shoppers, doors may be open for most of the day and putting the heating on can feel as useful as just burning notes. For temperature controlled warehouses, competing with the cold can too feel like an uphill battle. We’ve gathered our top tips for improving energy efficiency and reducing costs that will benefit your premises throughout winter and the rest of the year.
Warehouses are notoriously poorly insulated and it’s common knowledge that insulation = energy efficiency, so this is our obvious first tip! Roofs are big culprits when it comes to heat loss, adding a layer of insulation to the ceiling will help keep heat in during the winter and cool during summer. Not only will well-insulated premises control the temperature, spray foam insulation will also stop the formation of condensation which can be damaging to stock and equipment.
Old fashioned loading docks are a far cry from modern designs that include inflatable and cushion seals, levellers, shelters and a raft of health and safety features. Upgrading old loading docks will keep thermal loss to a minimum are more time efficient as well as energy efficient.
Energy use for lighting can be just as expensive and inefficient as heating and air conditioning. Take control of overhead lighting with an adjustable rig that will allow lamps to be lowered, closer to where light is needed. Occupancy sensors can reduce electricity use by 30% and LED bulbs use 75-80% less energy than traditional lightbulbs.
Section off areas that don’t need to be open to control temperatures more easily and reduce wastage. Crash doors and PVC strip curtains can be used to keep access open to fork lifts whilst minimising thermal loss. For warehouses with cold stores or open exterior doors, PVC strip curtains have fantastic insulation keeping temperatures and energy use under control.
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