Keeping a business warm during the winter months can be a sizable expense due to the large size of these properties and the fact that the door leading outside may be opened regularly. For business owners that want to take a proactive approach to warm their business, it is possible to greatly improve their heating system's performance.
Improve Air Circulation In Large Rooms
Many commercial buildings will have a very large room that can act as the sales floor. Unfortunately, if this room does not have good air circulation, it can be difficult to evenly warm it. Improving the air circulation in these rooms can be essential to making them easier to keep warm. For example, improving airflow can help to draw warm air from near the ceiling to ground level where individuals can feel it. While your heating vents may blow out hot air at a relatively fast speed, it may not be able to make it to every point in the room. Having a ceiling fan that can help to push this air down and away from the vent can allow you to greatly improve the heat distribution.
Draw Your Shades At Night
Large storefront windows can substantially lower the interior temperature of your business by convective cooling of the air inside. This may be particularly noticeable during the overnight hours when there is no sunlight to counteract this effect. Drawing the shades for these large windows can help to reduce the amount of cooling that the interior of the building experiences, which can make it easier to quickly warm up the interior when you are preparing to open for the day.
Consider Upgrading Your Business's Furnace
If you have taken steps to improve your business's heating system's performance but are still failing to get the results you need, it may be the case that your heating system is simply too underpowered for your needs. Upgrading to a stronger or higher-capacity heating system may be the only solution in these situations. Luckily, commercial heating contractors will be able to work quickly when making this upgrade so that the business will be without heat for as short of a period of time as possible. Furthermore, they may be able to conduct a heating audit of your business to help assess the amount of heat that the new system will need to produce in order to effectively warm the interior. This can avoid situations where you buy a system that is too weak for the business or waste money on a system that is far stronger than what you are needing.