Cornelius Case Study in Hertforshire

Factory Heating

Warm Air Heating System and Destratification Fans

Cornelius’ Problem

Cornelius was in the very early stages of a new build project that required a heating solution for the main open-plan factory floor. Due to the 10m ceiling height, it was essential to provide a factory heating solution that ensured the warm air remained on the lower ground level.


OKEL’s Solution

Factoring in that the new build premises have excellent insulation thanks to modern materials, OKEL were able to propose a high-efficiency warm air and destratification heating system. A design that totalled 300kW of heat, evenly distributed across the 27,000ft² factory floor.

The Winterwarm TR100 natural gas-fired heaters would be wall mounted and flued horizontally through the external walls to avoid any penetration of the new roof.

OKEL’s design included Winterwarm WCU60 destratification fans evenly distributed at ceiling height for an even spread of heat throughout the factory and also forces heat back down whenever the high-temperature sensors are triggered.

All Aspects Covered

The warm air heaters used in Cornelius’ new build have rapid and effective warm air circulation in the winter months and the added advantage of a summer ventilation mode to provide continuous air circulation throughout the warmer summer months.

It wasn’t possible for OKEL to complete a site survey given that the build was in the very early construction stages. Instead, OKEL worked remotely using the new-build work plan to design an estimate solution for Cornelius without viewing the site. This added flexibility means we can lend our expertise to your future projects from day one. 

Later, OKEL collaborated with the Project Manager overseeing the building project to schedule site meetings to inspect the new factory in person and discuss project timelines and requirements of the Principal Contractor.

Warm air heater TR model
cornelius warm air heater

Cornelius’ Results

The successful installation of the heating system took place 6 months after the initial enquiry, and with all works completed to schedule.

A final handover was completed at the end of the project to include all relevant documentation such as gas safety commissioning certification, testing and purging certification, and electronic operating guides for the new system.

The Carbon Trust estimates that the use of destratification fans with warm air heating systems, like the models used in Cornelius’ build, can reduce energy consumption by 20%.

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