When a busy warehouse is at the heart of your business, the comfort of your staff is a top priority, likely second only to the security and safety of your premises. But winter brings its own challenges, and can make for cold working conditions for everyone if you don’t have the right solutions in place. Here are a few ways in which you can keep your warehouse warmer this winter and increase the happiness and productivity of your staff members.
Invest in Insulation
Insulating your warehouse can improve its energy efficiency and reduce your heating and cooling costs. While there are several types of wall and roof insulation, it’s also possible to install insulated warehouse doors. Insulated curtains don’t just add more insulation to your warehouse, but they can also reduce the impact of cold air coming in when the door is open.
Keep the Door Closed
Of course, in a busy warehouse with people, products and vehicles going in and out at regular intervals, it isn’t possible to keep the door closed at all times. However, a high speed door would enable you to open the door quickly when you need to and close it again straight afterwards. High speed doors can be opened and closed at a rate of one metre per second and are available with a wide variety of sensor technology so you can get the door open in a way that’s convenient for your usage.
You may also want to consider how you can prevent cold air from entering the warehouse while the industrial door is in use. For example, do you need dock seals or leveller seals to keep the cold air out of the warehouse while transportation is anchored to your docking bay?
Investigate Cold Spots
It’s important to make sure your industrial doors are being maintained, especially if they are a little older. Look for gaps between the door and the frame and investigate any cold spots around your entry points. If you think something is amiss, it could be time to invest in a new industrial door that will better serve your warehouse during the winter. Remember, your industrial doors should be serviced regularly to reduce the need for repairs. Scheduling this service before winter sets in can reduce the risk of facing a broken door in the freezing cold.
Ideally, your warehouse will be energy efficient, keeping your staff warm in the winter but ensuring the premises isn’t a heat trap in the summer. The right industrial door can help you to achieve all of this, while providing safety, security and an attractive design suited to your business.
If you need a new industrial door to keep you warm this winter, contact us online or call 01536 482187 for a free consultation.