Commercial Heating Options – The Kit Available

Commercial heating pipework

If you own or operate a commercial premises, you’ll know the importance of having the correct heating system, no matter the size of your property or type of operations that take place in it. However, there is no one heating system that suits every commercial premises, so there’s a decision to make regarding how you regulate the temperature in your property. But which heating system is best for you? We’re going to look at the options available and detail how they might benefit certain environments.

Warm air heating

For distributing warm air across a space, warm air heating systems are ideal. They work by using a fan to drag air across a heat exchanger, thereby heating the air and then spreading it throughout a room. For environments where a consistent temperature is required, warm air heaters are good because of the aforementioned even distribution.

These heaters are versatile in that they can use hot water, electricity, oil or gas as a heating source. The heaters themselves offer a nozzle for precise direction of warm air, or they can be connected to a ductwork system for wider distribution.

In terms of location, the heaters can be wall or floor-mounted, or even placed in the ceiling. All you need to do is decide where would be the most effective placement of the heater.

Destratification heating

As we know, heat rises, which can be useful at times, but can often lead to wasted energy where warm air heaters are concerned. The air distributed by them will rise to the top of the building, which can lead to energy wastage even if you have sufficient insulation.

To combat this, destratification employs specialist fans to return the warm air from the roof to the ‘occupied space’, making them ideal for busy environments where a consistent temperature is required. The most effective destratification systems can reduce energy bills by a significant 20% – 50%.

Air rotation heating

Using axial fans to move large volumes of air at low temperatures, air rotation heating is one of the more recent innovations in the air conditioning industry. This method of air and heat distribution makes them perfectly suited for warehouses and similar facilities where human presence is only occasional. The ‘rotation’ of the air means that the aforementioned destratification systems are not required. In many cases, a single air rotation heater will suffice for heating a space, and there’s no need for complex and expensive ductwork when installing it, either.

Radiant heating

Radiant heating uses radiant tubes suspended from the roof of a space. It is different from the other heating systems mentioned in this article as it doesn’t directly heat the air, rather it emits infrared radiation which warms people and objects that are exposed to it. This type of heating is most suitable for environments with high air change rates, like loading bays.

Heat pumps

Heat pumps work with sources of heat or cooling, whether it’s water-to-water, water-to-air or air-to-air. They move energy from between different locations, reversing the refrigeration process between heating and cooling modes, depending on what the user needs. For heating, the system uses outside air, but for cooling, it uses a heat sink. Ground source heat pumps cost around £600 a year to run, and approximately £13,000 to install.

You need your heating system to be working correctly at all times in order to maintain the comfort of your employees and visitors, the quality of certain produce, and the stability and safety of certain types of materials. Ensuring that you have the most efficient system possible and that it’s running perfectly at all times helps you maintain the perfect atmosphere and keep your energy bills as low as possible.


Express Gas Solutions are experts in the supply of commercial heating services for customers throughout Greater London, offering everything from the repair of hot water systems to the installation of new gas connections and commercial boilers. If you’d like to know more about how we can help you, please feel free to get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to help.

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