Blog12 December 2018

How can companies protect themselves against winter conditions?

As winter approaches, there are many reasons why you may need to consider a temporary heating hire solution. With temperatures starting to plummet across many parts of the UK, we must contemplate how this can affect your company’s staff and operations.

According to UK government guidelines, it is the responsibility of your employer to maintain a ‘reasonable’ temperature in your place of work – and this varies from industry to industry. In 2017, a survey conducted by Andrews Sykes revealed that productivity within an office environment is heavily impacted if temperatures are either too hot or too cold. Up to 80% of those asked admitted to complaining about the temperature of their office, which underlines just how widespread the problem is. These statistics also demonstrate the importance of maintaining the correct conditions which renders a source of heating essential during the winter months.

What should I do following a heating failure?

So, what happens when your heating system is no longer up to the task or breaks down completely? An absence of suitable climate control could jeopardise output and the efficiency with which your staff work, which is a completely undesirable scenario for any business. A solution should therefore be sought as quickly as possible – and it’s easier than you think.

Hiring a series of temporary heaters or a short-term boiler arrangement will be the best course of action in nearly all cases and an industry expert can ascertain your precise requirements before an installation is proposed. Once selected, the equipment will be delivered and commissioned within a matter of hours to ensure the problem is tackled as early as possible.

An example of this can be seen in a case study recently carried out by Andrews Heat for Hire, where we provided a software development company with a heating hire solution for their office space in London. An IG65 gas heater was required to address an issue with the client’s existing system, which just happened to develop at the same time as a downturn in seasonal temperature. Our specialists delivered and installed the replacement unit which was placed securely in an external area and ducted into the affected building. The arrangement proved successful in sufficiently raising temperatures and restored a warm and comfortable environment for dozens of employees working inside.

Why is it important to maintain the right temperature?

This project shows why carrying out upkeep within your office is imperative but there are countless instances where heating or boiler solutions are required in other environments – with construction sites among the most common. Cold weather and subsequent frosts can have massive financial implications for companies operating in the sector, including the associated costs of delays and damaged materials.

Andrews’ expertise in this field was pivotal in us ensuring that a major construction scheme kept to deadline by overcoming a number of challenges. We were drafted in to assist a contractor responsible for building a new college, with the project in its latter stages. An emergency heating rental was urgently needed to accelerate the drying of flooring and plaster walls. Failure to do so would have led to a critical deadline being missed and postponed the entire development at a cost of thousands of pounds. By installing a high capacity Aurora FH111 oil heater on site, we were able to provide the large volumes of warm air required to fast-track a crucial phase of the build.

When selecting a portable heating or boiler solution – particularly when larger units are necessary – you should also carefully consider the benefits of fuel efficiency and its correlation to reduced operational costs.

How quickly can you provide me with a temporary heating solution?

With depots nationwide and a 24/7/365 service, we can reach any location within four hours of enquiry. This allows us to provide a rapid response to any emergency and facilitates business continuity while alleviating concerns of long-term downtime.

Your chosen supplier should be in a position to offer you a bespoke fuel management service that supports you throughout the duration of either a planned or emergency HVAC hire. This provision should be available to all customers and will act as a form of insurance against the potential for your fuel supply to run out.

Although choosing the right product for your application is important, you must also contemplate the merits of selecting a reliable supplier capable of satisfying your requirements irrespective of time, scale or location.

Once settled on a preferred and trusted supplier, you should have peace of mind knowing that any system failure on your premises can and will be seen to immediately. At Andrews Heat for Hire, we stock an unbeatable range of bespoke temporary heaters to ensure that any temperature-related issues can be overcome at the first time of asking.

How much does a suitable heating solution cost?

Hiring equipment that is befitting of your site or process need not be expensive and our experts have the ability to tailor packages to suit any budget. A site survey can be arranged at your convenience or alternatively a quotation can be given over the phone once we’re aware of precisely what it is you’re looking for.

By understanding that no two jobs are ever the same, our technicians take careful steps to ensure your project is considered solely on its own merit.

Seasonal temperatures are falling at an alarming rate and with winter now very much upon us, why wait until something goes wrong when it’s so easy to take precautionary measures?