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Energy Efficiency Strategies for a Warehouse HVAC System

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Running a warehouse brings with it a fair share of opportunities. For instance, owning a storage house improves business operations, lowers operational costs, and reduces climate impact. However, the only way you can achieve these objectives is to make sure that the HVAC system is not overwhelmed. With HVAC systems accounting for about 30% of the total energy cost in warehouses, it makes sense why you should burden the HVAC system unnecessarily. An overworked air conditioning system that operates inside a large space faces higher chances of breaking down due to the higher workload. In this regard, this article provides new warehouse owners with air conditioning strategies that will ensure the HVAC system keeps performing optimally and will minimal maintenance.

Transpired Solar Walls -- These are high impact energy sources that are specially meant for commercial buildings like warehouses. Transpired solar walls function by first pre-heating outside air to 30 degrees as it passes through the perforations. The preheated outside air is then led to the ventilation system after which it is directed inside the various sections of the warehouse. By pre-heating the air through transpired solar walls, the HVAC system spends less energy warming this air further thereby saving the business energy costs. However, transpired solar walls work best during sunny days. 

Roof Technologies -- Technological advancements in the roofing industry cannot go unmentioned when talking about air conditioning optimization. Traditional roofs tend to soak up heat from the sun. If you have such roofs in your warehouse, then you should know that they are one of the most significant sources of energy inefficiency. It is especially the case during summer when your HVAC system works overtime to cool the air inside the warehouse. One piece of technology you can take advantage of to manage costs is the cool roof system. These roofs have a high reflectance level and therefore absorb very little solar heat. Secondly, cold roofs' attribute of high thermal emittance ensures that a higher percentage of the heat absorbed is radiated back.

Use Radiant Heat -- During winter, it makes a lot more sense to use radiant heat in certain sections of the warehouse as opposed to relying on the HVAC system. One such area is the loading dock where it can be costly to maintain temperatures for employee comfort. The advantage of using radiant heaters is that they keep surface temperatures higher even if air temperature falls. Another advantage is that room temperature recovery is fast even with intermittent blasts of cold air. However, you must use radiant heaters with HVAC system to maintain acceptable ventilation rates. 

Talk to a commercial air conditioning contractor from a place like MTA Australasia for more information.