Energy-efficient Warehouse Heating Solutions

Warehouses present unique heating challenges. Their vast, open spaces make consistent temperatures difficult to achieve, potentially harming sensitive stock, expensive machinery and impacting worker comfort. 

But one-size-fits-all heating solutions often lead to poor energy efficiency and sky-high energy costs. Work with OKEL, specialists in warehouse heating design, and find a tailored solution that precisely meets your needs.

warm air and destratification system

Is your warehouse heating system holding you back?

An inefficient warehouse heating system can lead to a range of problems that impact your bottom line, employee well-being, and even inventory safety. Key challenges include: 

Large, open spaces with high ceilings make it difficult for traditional heating systems to distribute warmth evenly. This can leave working areas cold and uncomfortable, while heat gathers near the ceiling.

Warehouses require a tailored approach to heating to avoid soaring utility bills. Systems not designed for warehouse layouts will struggle to maintain proper temperatures efficiently.

Many products require storing at specific temperatures. Fluctuating conditions can compromise product quality, leading to costly waste.

Cold warehouses can be unpleasant for your employees, leading to a decrease in productivity, increased absenteeism, and health and safety concerns.

You have a legal obligation to protect the health of your staff and provide a safe working temperature – but this can be a major challenge if your heating system isn’t fit for purpose.

Tackling these challenges with an effective warehouse heating solution can have a major impact on your business. A custom-designed system optimises energy use, creates a comfortable and safe work environment, protects your inventory, and reduces your carbon footprint.

Why your warehouse needs a tailored heating solution.

Investing in a custom-designed warehouse heating solution offers a multitude of benefits for your business. By addressing the unique challenges of warehouse spaces, you’ll see positive impacts across several key areas:

  • Precision temperature control. Effective temperature control helps you protect sensitive stock while safeguarding worker comfort and well-being.
  • Reduced operating costs. Energy-efficient, targeted heating systems can significantly lower your utility bills compared to inefficient or outdated approaches that don’t fit your needs.
  • Environmental responsibility. Optimised heating solutions reduce unnecessary energy consumption, decreasing your carbon footprint and helping you hit your sustainability goals.
  • Compliance and safety. A custom system can be designed to meet industry-specific regulations for temperature and humidity control.

A custom warehouse heating system isn’t just about comfort – it’s a strategic investment. It translates into reliable temperature regulation, lower operating expenses, a positive environmental impact, and ensures compliance with safety standards.

Warm Air heating for Warehouses

Warm air heating systems are the ideal choice for large, open-plan spaces like warehouses. They bring in cool air from outside and pass it through a heat exchanger before using an integral circulation fan to distribute it through your space. 

This makes them a highly efficient option for warehouse heating, reducing your energy costs and your carbon footprint at the same time. And by installing warm air heaters at strategic points throughout your warehouse, you can further improve the temperature control throughout your space.

Warehouse Destratification Solutions


Larger spaces like warehouses can struggle with stratification – hot air rises and gathers near the roof of your warehouse while areas nearer the ground remain cold. The result? Expensive energy bills with little impact on the comfort of your space.

Destratification fans are a perfect way to tackle this issue, blowing hot air down from the ceiling and ensuring it circulates evenly. This helps you deliver a consistent, even and comfortable temperature throughout your warehouse.


Vicky Hall
Vicky HallPlay Centre Manager - The Ice Cream Farm
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"I would highly recommend using OKEL for your business - the entire process has been highly efficient with excellent communication and very quick turnaround. Every staff member from the Operations team dealing with our initial enquiry through to the engineers who came to site to carry out works - have been fantastic, incredibly helpful, knowledgeable, and polite. A special thanks to Katie, who is a credit to the company - we look forward to working with you again"
Neil Keane
Neil KeaneHead of Business - Jaguar Land Rover
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"OKEL provided heating and cooling system throughout each of our Land Rover and Jaguar Liverpool dealerships. Works were scheduled at a time so as not to impact the day-to-day operation of our business and for minimal interference. The staff were professional and reliable; completing the project to a high standard - Many thanks to OKEL and the team"
Richard Williams
Richard WilliamsOwner - Richard Williams Upholstery
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"Just had a new warm air heating system installed by OKEL into my workshop, I could not recommend them enough, from initial site survey to 1st class installation - thank you Mark"


Most frequent questions and answers about Warehouse Heating

Most warehouses are made up of large open-plan space with average heights often exceeding 10 metres. That makes heating a warehouse effectively and efficiently a challenging task.

The two types of warehouse heating that are most popular with our customers are warm air and radiant heating, each of which comes with its own individual merits.

To help you decide which is the most suitable type of heating for your own warehouse premises, a member of our team will visit your site to carry out a detailed site survey and to understand more about your individual needs. We can then determine which option would be best suited to you.

Any company that utilises warehouses or other storage facilities may require a suitable warehouse heating system to protect the quality and preservation of stock and to ensure a comfortable working environment for warehouse operatives.

Some large organisations, as part of their commitment to become carbon neutral, are wanting to phase out gas from their sites, including existing gas-fired heating systems, opting to replace them with a greener and more environmentally friendly alternative fuel source such as electricity.

Whether it’s feasible for you to swap from gas to electric fuel will be dependent on you having sufficient spare 3 phase electricity capacity to fuel your site. It is also likely that running costs will increase should you move to electric, as the cost of commercial electricity per kw/h exceeds that of commercial gas.

OKEL can support you with either gas or electric warehouse heating options and we can also provide you with comparative running costs between the two fuel types to help with your decision-making.

By putting your trust in OKEL to deliver your warehouse heating project you can be assured of the following:

  • Bespoke warehouse heating solutions. We understand every warehouse is unique and tailor heating systems to your exact needs.
  • Energy-efficient and environmentally friendly solutions. Our designs prioritise energy savings and minimise environmental impact.
  • Skilled and experienced warehouse heating engineers. Trust our team of 20+ year industry experts, all of whom are fully certified for safe and expert installation.
  • A personal approach. We treat every warehouse heating project with care. Your dedicated project manager ensures seamless communication and guides you through the entire process.
  • No job too large or small. We deliver practical heating solutions for warehouses of any size or for multiple sites, offering consistent quality workmanship and service to businesses across the UK.

When you work with OKEL, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your warehouse heating needs are being handled by experienced professionals committed to efficiency, personalisation, and quality results.

OKEL’s warehouse heating installation process is designed to ensure your needs are met with minimum disruption to your business processes and maximum attention to safety. Here’s a breakdown of how we deliver the perfect solution for your warehouse: 

1. Initial site survey. Your dedicated project manager assesses your warehouse, your existing heating system, and your specific needs.
2. Solutions and quotations. Our design team crafts a customised heating solution and presents options with clear cost estimates, including financing if desired.
3. Running costs. We provide estimated operating costs for your new system, factoring in usage and energy prices for informed budgeting.
4. Pre-installation planning. Detailed risk assessments and plans ensure a safe installation process for our engineers and your warehouse staff.
5. Warehouse heating system installation. We install your system with minimal disruption to your operations, working with you to schedule all work for your convenience.
6. Handing over. We thoroughly train your team on your new heating system’s operation and provide all necessary documentation and certifications.
7. Aftercare. We offer full warranty protection and our comprehensive aftercare package, including maintenance and priority repairs.

From the initial consultation to ongoing support, OKEL is your partner in creating an efficient, comfortable warehouse environment.  We ensure a smooth experience and a heating solution tailored to your precise needs.

A warehouse heating system is a complex installation and subject to your chosen fuel source, will require either commercial gas or electrical approved engineers to carry out the works to comply with safety regulations such as Gas Safe and NICEIC.

Our teams of engineers have years of experience installing warehouse heating systems and are all fully trained and accredited in their chosen field. Not only do they know how to make your new system operate at maximum efficiency, but they also have experience fitting these systems while working at height – a key part of the installation process.

Every warehouse heating solution we design, and install is tailored to our customers’ individual needs. Therefore, we are only able to provide you with a formal quotation after having attended the site in person or having received detailed information remotely relating to your individual project.

Much like estimating the installation cost, it is not possible to confirm the length of time it takes to install a warehouse heating system, without knowing exactly what kind of heating system you require. For example, a one heater installation could take 1-2 days to complete the installation whilst a large-scale heating project with multiple heaters and destratification systems can take weeks, all depending on the project specifics.