Heating large commercial buildings presents many challenges. They are usually poorly insulated structures with a large volumes and high ceilings. Inside a range of activities are undertaken which require different temperatures for the staff to feel comfortable.

Ensuring staff have the appropriate level of heating improves morale and productivity as well as improving health and safety.

The answer is to use the WHIZ system to create heat islands around the occupied areas and not attempt to heat the entire building with warm air.

What is a WHIZ system?

WHIZ (Wireless Heated Infrared Zone) is an individual workstation heating solution for use in factories, warehouses, distribution centres and other industrial buildings. It is a fully controllable cost-effective system which ensures healthy, dust-free, silent and energy efficient heating.

How does it work?

The human body is designed to accept and emit infrared waves.

The WHIZ workstation heating works on the principle of the sun by producing a gentle infrared wavelength which penetrates the air effectively, directly warming people. It also warms objects, including the floor and these in turn act as secondary heaters raising the air temperature in the immediate area.

If you like the warmth of the sun then you will love the feeling you get working under a WHIZ heating system.

How is WHIZ different?

Unlike warm air heaters which use excessive energy to continually heat a building’s entire atmosphere, Whiz works in a more targeted manner. It uses infrared to:

  • directly heat people and objects which retain the warmth, making you feel comfortable at a lower ambient temperature
  • create ‘heat islands’ around workstations, only warming a fraction of the building’s total volume
  • avoid heat loss when large doors are opened to cater for deliveries
  • reduce air movement and create a hygienic indoor climate where the spread of airborne viruses, allergens, dust and odours is reduced.

As a result, WHIZ is one of the most cost-effective and energy efficient heating solutions for maintaining a comfortable working environment in an industrial building (see Case Study). As such, the WHIZ system qualifies for an energy efficiency grant which covers between 25% – 40% of the overall cost (capital investment and installation).

Why would I use the WHIZ?

By just heating the occupied areas of your commercial building you will significantly reduce your heating cost (up to 80%) and improve your business’s environmental credentials.

A major benefit of the WHIZ is that it can be programmed to accommodate different shift patterns so only the occupied workstations will be heated at any one time.

By ensuring staff have the right level of thermal comfort you will improve morale and productivity as well as improving health and safety.

WHIZ accommodates the fact that individuals have different thermal requirements and therefore the temperature at each work station will need to be different to keep everyone comfortable.

It allows the operatives to regulate the temperature of their own workstation whilst giving overall control at management level, making WHIZ as tailored and energy efficient as possible.

Benefits of WHIZ include:

  • focused infrared zone heating
  • comfortable hygienic working environment
  • completely silent system
  • dark infrared emitter with no light emission
  • WHIZ Hub controls up to 32 workstations
  • individual temperature control at each workstation
  • overall admin control on-site or remotely via smart devices (unlimited users)
  • straightforward installation
  • low/no ongoing maintenance
  • easily expandable modular system
  • 5 year manufacturer’s warranty

Simple installation

WHIZ allows for a straightforward installation. Requirements include:

  • 240V power supply to the heater
  • suspended or wall mounted (3m-3.5m above the workstation)
  • wireless internet router on site to enable WHIZ to access the internet
  • Installation can be carried out by your own electrician and we will support them as necessary through our technical helpline
  • we provide a complete turnkey solution and can carry out the installation for you (quote provided following a site survey/desktop assessment)

Product range

WHIZ System – Standard Application
WHIZ System – Standard Application
WHIZ (Wireless Heated Infrared Zone) is a fully controllable individual workstation heating solution for use in factories, warehouses, distribution centres and other industrial buildings. It is one of the most cost-effective and energy efficient heating solutions for maintaining a comfortable working environment in an industrial building. Benefits of a WHIZ include:
  • focused infrared zone heating
  • comfortable hygienic working environment
  • completely silent system
  • dark infrared emitter with no light emission
  • individual temperature control at each workstation
  • overall admin control on-site or remotely via smart devices (unlimited users)
  • straightforward installation
  • low/no ongoing maintenance
  • easily expandable modular system - WHIZ Hub controls up to 32 workstations
  • 5 year manufacturer’s warranty
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Lease finance option

ARC now offers a lease finance option for businesses wishing to purchase Infrared and Underfloor Heating Systems (over £1,000).

Due to the tax breaks available for lease finance, this option often works out cheaper than a straight forward purchase.