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Making The Most of Your Commercial Heating

The UK is known for having highly unpredictable weather. In the space of a single day, it can be wet and cold before becoming so warm that a trip to the beach seems like a great idea.

While these temperature variations make living in the UK quite exciting, they can make heating commercial buildings a real challenge. You need a system in place which is suitable for your specific operating environment and responsive to sudden changes in temperature.

In this guide, we’ll share some of the technologies and techniques which can make heating a commercial building easier. These tips will reduce your heating costs and help to ensure that the building’s occupants remain comfortable at all times.

If you have any questions, give Quantum Gas Engineering a call on 0203 633 2322.

Factors That Make Heating Commercial Buildings Challenging

Aside from the unpredictable weather, there are several other factors which make heating a commercial building challenging, including:

1. How the building is used
The heating requirements of a busy shopping centre are very different to an office space. The shopping centre will constantly have doors opening and closing, letting cool air in from outside, while fewer people will enter or leave an office throughout the day.

There can also be several types of spaces within a commercial building. You might have kitchens, storage facilities, offices and workshops in your building. Each of these spaces may have different heating requirements. After all, you probably won’t need to heat a storage space which rarely has any occupants, compared to a busy main office.

2. The size of the building
Most commercial buildings are larger than domestic buildings, which makes them far more challenging to heat. You may experience a situation where rooms close to the boiler are quite warm, while remotely located rooms never receive enough heat.

3. The number of occupants in the building
It’s much easier to maintain an appropriate temperature for a family of 4 than a busy shopping centre with hundreds of people coming and going.

Simple Steps To Make The Most Of Your Heating System

Only heat when necessary
Many owners of commercial buildings pay energy bills that are far too high simply because they are over-heating their property. They often have heat running overnight or during the weekends, when very few people are in the building. The simplest way to avoid this issue is by using timers which limit the operation of the heating system to certain hours.

Heat on a per-room basis
If your commercial building has rooms that are rarely occupied, turn the heat down in those spaces. After all, there is no point heating a room if it is rarely used. The simplest way to alter the heat levels in individual rooms is to use radiators with thermostats. In some cases, you can completely eliminate heating from rooms that are only used for storage or never occupied for more than a few minutes at a time.

Make temperature regulation automatic
Electronic thermostats are the easiest way to maintain a consistent temperature in commercial spaces. You simply set the ideal temperature and it will automatically adjust the heating system to reach that temperature.

This approach is even more effective when combined with external temperature sensors which check how warm it is outside. Using a thermostat prevents people from fiddling with settings and causing the temperature to be set far too high or too low.

Improve your building’s insulation
If you own an older building, it is probably poorly insulated. As a result, you may be losing a large amount of heat through single glazed windows, poorly insulated roofs and walls, and cracks around entry points.

Fortunately, there are several affordable techniques for improving the insulation levels of older commercial buildings, including:
• Adding double glazing to windows
• Placing thick curtains over windows and within poorly insulated areas
• Using sealant to plug up cracks around windows, ducts, and entry points
• Adding exterior insulation
• Fill gaps around plumbing pipes
• Adding insulation to your heating system’s pipes

Install additional partitions
Adding partitions to your commercial space can prevent heat loss through drafts. You can install walls, bookshelves, curtains, and other barriers to prevent cold air from entering the building.

Add more sunlight to the mix
Supplement your heating system by using the power of the sun. Open south facing windows to bring more natural light into the building. The sun will heat the floors and walls of your commercial property, increasing the temperature on cold days.

Update your heating system
Commercial heating systems have become much more technologically advanced in recent years. They operate much more efficiently and use sophisticated technology to detect when heating is required in specific areas of a building. Have a chat with the team at Quantum Gas Engineering to learn more about modern commercial heating systems.

Quantum Gas Engineering Ltd. Are Accredited Viessmann installers.

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