Energy-efficient space heaters deliver green plants and profits

Heating industrial buildings is a bigger challenge than ever before. Companies need to save energy, improve indoor air quality and get “greener” by reducing their building's carbon emissions footprint.

03/01/2009


Heating industrial buildings is now a bigger challenge than ever before. Companies need to save energy, improve indoor air quality and get “greener” by reducing their building's carbon emissions footprint. This is especially true for heating industrial facilities that require ventilation, where often the greatest energy savings can be achieved.

The nice thing about saving energy is that it lowers operating costs and reduces air pollution. Current high-efficiency space heating technologies, such as direct-fired blow-through heaters, can provide up to 70% energy savings. To put this in perspective, just a 50% energy savings from more efficient industrial space heaters saves $937,500 over 10 years at a 500,000 square-foot Chicago warehouse using conventional indirect gas-fired heaters.

It's easy to see why energy efficient space heating equipment pays for itself. The same 50% energy savings also reduces the building's annual carbon footprint by 440 tons of CO 2 . This is equivalent to planting 13,200 new trees during the next 10 years.

Energy efficiency for industrial buildings should not mean sacrificing the ability to provide enough space heat or ventilation when and where you need it.

Studies show making this mistake can ultimately result in more energy use and lower employee productivity. Heating a warehouse, service center, assembly area or manufacturing plant requires careful consideration of some unique factors, including cold dock door areas, heat stratification, ineffective spot heating, not accounting for required tempered make-up air or using an undersized system that fails to heat the building on a cold day. These problems can be addressed by using some best practices.

A best practices guide to space heating