As the seasons turn, the challenges for your warehouse change with them. Gone are the long days and high temperatures of summer, and the early dark and freezing temps of winter are closer than they appear. When you run a warehouse, it's imperative that you stay ahead of the curve on the weather. Here are some tips for getting your warehouse ready for the winter.
Shut The Doors
The huge open doors that every warehouse needs are a liability when it comes to maintaining the health and comfort of your employees in the warehouse. They do a great job of letting you get your stock in and out, but they also do a great job of letting the heat out and bringing in cold air. It's vital to ensure that the doors are equipped with large plastic strips to help keep that warm air from escaping.
They're easy to install and will save you money on heating, along with maintaining a consistent temperature. Also, get your employees into the habit of closing these doors whenever possible.
Control The Flow
Even if you have perfectly placed heaters running full blast, you can still run into air flow issues. Making the hot air in your warehouse run entirely in the direction that you want it to go may involve moving some racks. If you have Tier-Rack Stack Racks, they're easy to move around the warehouse to maximize airflow. If your racks are difficult to move, you may want to consider replacing them with more mobile racks, or wireframe racks that allow for better airflow.
This will help your warehouse stay warmer throughout the season.
If these tips haven't fixed your heating issue, consider adding more heat. It's not just giant industrial heaters that do the trick, though. Walk the warehouse. Find the coldest places and pick up portable heaters for your employees. We've talked to companies that have made their employees BUY their own heaters. Frankly, a cold warehouse is YOUR fault. Don't compound the error by making your employees fix this themselves.
Also, look for areas that may not be covered, cracked windows, uninsulated areas, and fix them. You'll be glad when the heating and a/c bills come.
Hopefully, we've helped you with some tips to keep the warehouse warm this winter that you can implement NOW and get a head start. If you're interested in transforming your warehouse more substantially, Tier-Rack can help! For more information on Tier Rack Pallet Stacking Frames, visit http://tier-rack.com or call 800-325-7869 today.