4 Ways to Increase the Energy Efficiency of Your Warehouse This Winter
We don’t have to tell you that the weather has been cold lately! Especially if you work outside, or in an area that isn’t heated well, you’ve experienced firsthand the finger-numbing chill in the air. It makes the concept of hibernation really sound pretty appealing.
But aside from the physical discomfort, this kind of weather makes your wallet suffer too. Cold finds its way in as your heat finds its way out, particularly in work environments like warehouses where doors are constantly opened and closed as the rhythm of deliveries and pick-ups continues regardless of the icy air.
This might lead you to wonder: how can you increase your warehouse’s energy efficiency?
How Can You Make a Warehouse More Energy Efficient?
There are several steps you can take to make a warehouse more energy efficient. Some include:
Maintaining epoxy floor coatings — Epoxy floor coatings add more reflectivity to your facility, therefore reducing your lighting costs.
Caulking — Caulking helps maintain optimal temperatures year-round so that your employees are comfortable, equipment isn’t overheated, and your electric bill is reduced.
Upgrade your HVAC.
Upgrade your paint so it’s more reflective.
Work with a multi-service contractor who understands your building and can make small changes that make a big difference.
Strategies for Saving Fuel and Money
Here are a few reminders and ideas to help you preserve the warmth in your property, ultimately saving you money and also keeping your employees more comfortable and productive:
- Protect Your Doors — For obvious reasons, your doors play a crucial role in either making or breaking your efficiency. Try to consolidate their use as much as possible, and especially so in the case of the larger ones. Another idea is to invest in a door that has a faster opening and closing rate. A few seconds may seem insignificant at face value, but in the long run it makes a big difference!
- Seals — Monitor your weatherstripping carefully through frequent inspections. Cracks and gaps leading to a poor seal will cost you much more over time than the price of maintenance.
- Fans — As counterintuitive as it may seem, a large ceiling fan moving at a slow speed can help warm your facility. This is because as precious warm air rises it becomes trapped at the ceiling with nowhere to go. Why not push it back down to where it needs to be?
- Dock seals – If you don’t have one already, investing in a dock seal and shelter is a smart way to conserve energy around your loading bay.
Do You Need a Professional Painting Company?
Regular, routine maintenance is an invaluable addition to a business strategy. If you are looking for a commercial painting and flooring company, we hope you will reach out to us at Kaloutas! It would be our pleasure to put our services to work for you.
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