Blog14 October 2022

Helping our customers keep their fuel costs down this winter

It’s no secret. Energy prices have risen to unprecedented levels ahead of the winter of 2022, and this has proven to be a very legitimate concern for businesses across the country.

In fact, you would be hard pressed to pinpoint a more turbulent period in recent history for small and medium-sized enterprises.

Those fortunate enough to emerge largely unscathed from Covid are now being hit by a cost of living crisis that has culminated in gas, coal and electricity prices reaching new highs.

While there is an emphasis on commercial frugality, the fact remains that there is and always will be a need for temporary heating during the colder months – and we’re committed to helping our customers get the balance right.

In short, our mission is to ensure you get the most out of your equipment by maximising potential efficiencies and keeping costs as affordable as possible.

‘How can I keep my energy bills down?’

A question being asked far and wide at the moment, and understandably so. We’re very aware of the difficulties everyone faces, which is why we recently ran dedicated training courses for our sales teams geared towards promoting energy conservation.

We strongly recommend the use of thermostats when hiring a heating solution, because they allow units to switch off automatically once the application reaches a desired temperature.

It is estimated that this simple accessory can reduce fuel consumption by up to 20%, which is far from an insignificant figure.

Some of our electric heating units even feature a built-in thermostat, so there a multitude of options available to you.

In some situations, the use of recirculation ducting may be feasible, ultimately meaning the heater uses less fuel to maintain the desired temperature.

Our large indirect heaters (FH111, FH185, FH2000 and FH400) are set up to function on a fresh air mode as standard, which means we can provide dozens of air changes an hour in situations where higher rates of ventilation are required.

However, these same units can be fitted with spigots and ducting to recirculate the indoor air – again, saving customers up to 20% on fuel when our heaters are used in this type of arrangement.

We have some of the most knowledgeable territory sales managers in the industry, and they have a genuine aptitude for making your budget the primary consideration when proposing hire packages.

Their unparalleled understanding of both our equipment and the range of enquiries we tend to receive enables them to find viable alternatives to more traditional solutions if it means reducing our clients’ costs.

To use a real-life example: a facilities management company sought a heating duty of 60kW to increase the temperature of an office building.

The current price of diesel is £1.80 per litre, while electricity is approximately 27p per kW/h. On that basis, it costs £11.70 per hour to run an ID65, or less than £9 an hour to run three DE95s delivering the equivalent duty.

This equates to a saving of £66 per day if the customer opted for electric over oil, or almost £1,000 over a two-week period!

Sometimes, even the simplest modifications can make a huge difference. It sounds obvious, but having the capability to place a heater virtually next to the intended building is far more economical than deploying it 20 metres away, for instance.

The further the distance between the unit and the target application, the greater the heat loss incurred. Straightforward tweaks can have a significant impact!

So, why Andrews Sykes?

Put simply, we specialise in all aspects of heating hire. Any industry, any capacity, and any length of hire.

We’re actively looking out for businesses at a time when most overheads appear to be increasing beyond recognition.

Our product range caters for any requirement, and we’ve always got units in stock. What’s more, we have engineers on standby 24 hours a day, so you’ll never need to worry if you encounter an issue out-of-hours.

Do you need some temporary heating this winter, but you’re unsure where to start? Perhaps you’re concerned about the perceived trade-off of keeping your staff warm and the potential for fuel costs to spiral out of control?

Please be assured – our friendly experts can and will help you! To get the ball rolling, call us today on 0800 211 611.

A temporary heating solution should not be synonymous with exorbitant fuel costs, and we’re determined to prevent our customers from overspending while retaining a basic but essential provision: a reliable source of heating.