Warm air and Destratification Solutions
Date of Project: June 2018
Client: SIG Trading LTD
OKEL were approached by our client in May 2018 as they were looking for a high efficiency heating solution for a newly refurbished warehouse (approx. 30,000 sq ft) located in the North West of England that they were soon to be relocating to.
We were informed by our client that prior to contacting OKEL they had already engaged with another commercial heating company who had recommended and quoted for a radiant tube heating system – Our client was wanting OKEL to provide a comparative quote for a radiant solution.
A site survey was scheduled for the following week and was to incorporate a meeting with the client’s Operations Director and QSHE Manager to fully understand the aim of the heating project.
The most important factor when looking at a heating solution for a large open plan warehouse is to identify one that can accommodate high ceilings, different quantities of insulation and vast expanse of space and as importantly ensure running costs are kept to an absolute minimum.
OKEL had originally been asked by our client to provide a comparative quote for a radiant tube heating system however once our team started to work on the proposal it soon became apparent that a radiant tube solution wouldn’t necessarily be the best heating solution for our client’s premises.
OKEL chose to install a high efficiency warm air and destratification solution that was to consist of 6 x 60 kw wall mounted natural gas fired high efficiency warm air heaters with integral destratification fans and supported by the introduction of 12 x heavy duty destratification fans which were to be evenly spread across the ceiling expanse.
Radiant is an effective form of heating however in our client’s instance OKEL were concerned that not only would there be cold spots throughout the factory, as Radiant only heats what is in its direct line, but most importantly the kw’s requirements for radiant heating would be almost double that of OKEL’s proposed high efficiency warm air and destratification solution which would have a negative impact on the running costs of the new radiant system.
Our competitor’s radiant tube design required a total of 830 kw to maintain the required temperature whilst OKEL’s high efficiency warm air units and destratification fans would require only 480 kw to maintain the same temperature.
As the lifetime running costs of the new system were a key factor in our client’s decision making, they voted in favour of OKEL’s warm air and destratification solution.
A pre installation engineer site visit took place ahead of the installation to sign off the exact positioning of the heaters and fans to determine the most even spread of heat whilst considering the layout of the factory.
Prior to the installation a detailed risk assessment and method statement was forwarded to our client to review along with Gas Safe, electrical and working at height certification for the team of installation engineers working on site.
Due to our client’s tight deadline to ensure their new premises was fully operational within a matter of weeks, OKEL’s on site engineers worked closely with our client’s QSHE Manager to ensure the heating installation didn’t impact the new machinery that was having to be built and housed within the factory whilst the new heating system was being installed.
Upon project completion our lead engineer arranged a training / handover session with our client to ensure they were confident on the capabilities of the heaters and able to maximise the efficiencies by effective use of the intelligent thermostatic controls.
To complete the project electronic copies of Gas Safe and NICEIC certification and user guides for the heaters and fans were forwarded to the client to retain on file.