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Innovative Heating Solutions for Commercial Spaces: Trends and Technologies

Your employees are irreplaceable, and you’d do anything to make them comfortable at work to keep them happy. Whether you offer excellent health benefits, competitive pay, an innovative and comfortable office, or a fun company culture, your employees deserve to feel comfortable and happy when they spend so much time at the office during the week.

Another part of keeping them happy is making their surroundings comfortable. You wouldn’t want them working in a building without any commercial HVAC system, leading to a sweltering or frigid environment for them to work in. Likewise, some commercial heating systems are old, original to the building, and need replacing.

If you own a commercial building, keep reading to learn about some innovative heating solutions for commercial spaces to make your employees or tenants more comfortable at work!

Commercial Boilers

You may own a dental office, a corporate building that houses many companies, a doctor’s office, a credit union, or a restaurant, all of which need efficient heating systems to keep employees and even customers comfortably warm during the winter months. If you own a large commercial building, a commercial boiler could be a great heating solution with cost-saving benefits.

Commercial boilers are either gas, oil, or electric, all functioning to heat water that is pressurized and distributed through radiators in a commercial building. Old gas boilers use oil to warm the water inside the system, while modern gas boilers use clean oil and fossil fuels that don’t harm the environment. If you have an older boiler installed, it’s time to get it replaced. Old boilers could be increasing your energy bills and harming the environment.

Commercial boilers are a popular choice among commercial building owners because they are often durable and high-quality and can help save on heating bills. They work well to heat an entire commercial building and keep all your tenants or employees comfortable during the winter months.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are rising in popularity among commercial building owners for good reason. Heat pumps rely on electricity to heat a building rather than burn oil or gas. An all-electric heating and cooling solution keeps the building safe while reducing a company’s carbon footprint. Heat pumps don’t emit greenhouse gases, leading to a cleaner heating source.

Air-to-air and ground-source (or geothermal) heat pumps are an excellent way to warm and even cool a commercial building. An air-source heat pump uses outside air to heat a building, whereas ground-source heat pumps use water or the ground to heat a building. Kansas City has a relatively warm climate, with a milder winter than most other cities in the country, so an air-source heat pump would be a great, energy-efficient heating system.

It’s important to note that heat pumps can also cool a building during the spring and summer months.  Through mechanical-compression refrigeration, a heat pump can cool the outside air or water to make for a cooler environment. Regardless of the season, heat pumps are great for year-round use. It is important to have the unit serviced twice a year to ensure it’s working properly.

Electric Heating

Another commercial heating option is electric heating, which uses just electricity to heat a building, not gas or oil. Electric heaters warm a commercial building by circulating warm air throughout a room or building. 

Though electric commercial heating systems are one of the safest options for the environment, they often increase energy bills, especially when compared to boilers and heat pumps.

Geothermal Heating

If you’ve never heard of geothermal heating, you’re not alone. It’s one of the least-known heating methods for commercial and residential heating. Geothermal heating utilizes underground pipes that pull warm air from approximately six feet underground. The warm air is transferred through a heat pump and dispersed throughout a commercial building.

Underground air stays consistent throughout the year, making it easier to heat or cool it through a geothermal heating system. A commercial geothermal HVAC system compresses the underground air to make it warmer (or cool in the summer) to make for a more comfortable and warm environment for your employees or tenants. 

There are plenty of benefits when installing a geothermal heating system in your commercial building: they rarely require service, are energy efficient, and have a long lifespan. Because all the components of a geothermal heating system, like the compressor, fan, and pump, are kept indoors, they’re safe from the elements and storm damage.

If your commercial HVAC system is on the fritz, increasing your energy bills, or isn’t heating properly, it’s time to get it replaced. Cates Heating and Cooling has been servicing commercial properties and clients for over 50 years, with more than 3,500 residential customers across the Greater Kansas City area. 

Commercial clients have varied from industrial and manufacturing facilities, healthcare centers, IT centers, retail centers, restaurants, theaters, commercial buildings, and many more across Kansas City. Our expert team will work with you to determine the best heating solution for your commercial space, whether it’s a new or existing one

Cates Heating and Cooling is family-owned and operated by a team of expertly trained technicians who have provided exceptional service to our customers for over 50 years. We service Kansas City and surrounding cities, including the following:

Kansas City


Lee’s Summit



Overland Park

& more!

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