It’s not news to tell you that a proper heating system is invaluable to your Chicago business. This most recent winter has certainly proved that! However, when you’re choosing a system to heat your factory, manufacturing facility, retail store, or beyond, the question becomes much more what should you choose? Need some help understanding your options, or looking for some professional guidance in what works best for your business? General Mechanical has the answer!
Factors to Consider When Choosing an Industrial Heating System
There is absolutely no “perfect” heating system. You can’t point at any single furnace assembly, boiler, radiant heater, or anything else and say, “this is the one everyone should pick!” Why? Because every business is unique in size, in shape, in number of occupants or employees, and in many additional factors. This might make the choice more difficult, but it also makes you aware that the choice is important.
The vital factors to consider are:
- System efficiency. In a nutshell, efficiency refers to how much heat you get out of a system for how much resource is put into it. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the efficiency, the more cost-efficient the system is. Although, it’s important to keep in mind that you actually can have too much efficiency, effectively meaning you paid for more than what you needed.
- Your “heating load” needs. Your heating load boils down to how much heat you need to generate to fill your commercial structure. This is typically calculated with a “Manual J” calculation by an HVAC professional, which will include a square footage calculation put up against the BTU output of a given heating system.
- System lifespan. In nearly all cases the longer the better, but you’ll also want to keep in mind the maintenance needs of new equipment. A system that lasts thirty years sounds nice, but it might not be worth the cost if it needs maintained far more than other system types.
- Your business. Keep in mind the heating needs of your particular business. Are you trying to keep people comfortable? Or is your business something along the lines of a data center or chemical plant, which are places that need a much more exact temperature stability?
Know Your Options
With all of the above in mind, it’s time to check out what you actually have available to you:
- Steam heating systems. Steam heat boiler systems are an old standby, offering powerful heat and long lifespans at the cost of efficiency.
- Gas and electric furnaces. Available widespread, easy to maintain, and with lower than the average purchase costs, furnaces are a strong option for many. They do, however, have some of the shortest lifespans.
- Radiant heating systems. Radiant heat delivers heat via pipe or radiator systems into walls, floors, ceilings, and directed sectors in a business. They’re great at pinpoint heat and are highly efficient, but come with a fair purchasing price.
- Rooftop packaged units. Packaged rooftop systems provide a business with both heating and cooling as needed and are installed, as you might have guessed, on your roof. This makes them easy to maintain with no down time, and they are resistant to vandalism, making them popular with many commercial and industrial businesses.
Opt for Professional Heating Installation
It’s very important to know what is available to you, as well as to be able to ballpark your needs. But, in the end, you need to work with an expert if you’re going to get a system that can satisfy your heating needs and make the investment worthwhile long-term.
Looking for the right commercial and industrial HVAC team to help you with your heating in Chicago? Contact General Mechanical online today!