Heating and cooling costs have seen some dramatic spikes in the last few years, which means that a lot of businesses have energy efficiency on their minds. Offices, call centers and stores all are places that could benefit from efficiency improvements, which offer both energy savings and increased employee and customer comfort. However, one often-overlooked opportunity for big savings is the company’s warehouses.

Most warehouses, regardless of what

they are storing, require some form of climate control. Miami and Fort Lauderdale business owners know just how fast those cooling bills can pile up in summer. The good news is that many facilities, especially older buildings, can see drastic improvements in their energy bills through the proper addition of warehouse insulation.

The interplay of environment, structure, materials and energy usage is unique to each building, and new techniques and standards are coming out all the time. A Best Insulation is a Miami-area contractor with trained energy experts who can visit your property and help you choose the right energy efficiency solution for you. Sign up online for free residential and warehouse insulation advice. You also can get a head start by asking yourself a few questions about your warehouse and storage facilities:

1) What Kind Of Wall Insulation Do I Have?

If your building has solid brick or cinder block walls, there obviously is room for improvement, but even if you do have wall insulation, it’s worth evaluating to make sure it’s in good repair and is the best type available for you. Modern insulation technologies like spray foam and cellulose insulation are durable, environmentally friendly and extremely efficient.

2) How Much Energy Is Moving Through My Roof?

That bright Miami sunshine that attracts tourists and retirees is also shining right on your warehouse roof. Proper roofing insulation can enormously reduce solar energy transmission, and consider also getting a cool-roof coating to reflect sunlight and give your poor air conditioners a rest. A cool roof can reduce energy usage by 5 percent to 10 percent.

3) Are My Doors And Windows Properly Sealed?

Older, single-pane windows lose energy much faster than more up-to-date models, and even the best double- or triple-pane windows won’t do much if there are cracks around the installation to let air escape. Doors also need to be properly sealed, and insulated doors can cut down on heat transmission considerably. And don’t forget to seal your loading docks!