https://pfo.wpengine.comSummer’s not over yet! With temperatures in New Jersey reaching higher than 90 degrees, businesses can use all the commercial air conditioning tips they can get. The safety and comfort of your employees are the baseline of your ability to meet their needs. As an employer working from a commercial building, you may find that your energy bill is higher than you’d like it to be during the summer. You can’t, however, sacrifice cooling for cost. Keeping employees comfortable will keep productivity high (saving you money in the long run). Follow these simple Air Conditioner tips for commercial spaces to keep your employees, and yourself, cool through summer.
4 Commercial Air Conditioning Tips
1. Schedule HVAC Maintenance
Start with the basics, and you may not have to implement the other tips. Preventative maintenance is the cornerstone of energy savings during any season, but especially during summer. A certified HVAC technician will visit your commercial building and do a thorough, check point-based inspection. While there, they may offer suggestions like a filter change, system cleaning, or part replacement. According to a 2011 study by Institute for Building Efficiency, regular preventative maintenance measures can save anywhere from 15% to 40% on your energy bill.
2. Check or Upgrade the Thermostat
An article by Facility Executive says, “Be sure the thermostat is working properly and reading the right temperatures.” You should even consider thermostat automation with tools like Nest. Smart thermostats learn the behavior and preferences of the user, and it can eventually automate the temperature in the office to be higher during off hours and cooler during work hours. It can even start cooling your commercial space an hour before clock-in time to ensure the comfort of your employees when they walk through the door.
3. Schedule an Outside AC Check
One challenge with commercial air conditioning is that the unit itself is positioned outside of the building. This can make ownership of the unit, and maintenance, a small challenge for some businesses. Make sure your agreement with your commercial space allows you to schedule regular maintenance on an outside unit. If not, be a champion for your employees (and your budget) in the effort to ensure optimal operation.
4. Watch for Symptoms of Damage
Many people, by nature, ignore the signs of a failing AC unit until it’s too noticeable to ignore. Like watching your car for signs for worn out brake pads, you should be aware of the subtle changes in your building’s environment. Is the AC unit taking too long to cool your commercial space? Do you hear strange knocking sounds when the unit turns on? Subtle, and not so subtle, signs like these should be reported and fixed immediately before the problem gets worse. In addition to rescuing your employees from being broiled alive in the New Jersey heat, you’ll also save on your energy bill in the long run by addressing the problem before it gets too serious.
Money Saving Air Conditioner Tips for Commercial Spaces
Preventative maintenance and the implementation AC troubleshooting measures can help your business save money all summer, and throughout the year. Learn more about your options for air conditioning in commercial spaces, or schedule an appointment with an HVAC specialist at Princeton Fuel Oil today.