You don’t need to be a scientist or an environmentalist to know that cooling your office accounts for a large portion of your business’ monthly energy bill. Here are some ways you can keep the temperature comfortable without cutting into your bottom line.
Seal up Cracks in the Office
Air leaks are a common problem in office buildings. Air leaks usually occur around windows, doors, and electrical outlets. It’s important to find any air leaks in your office building, as they can cause you to lose up to 30% of your heating or cooling power. Luckily, you can fix these problems quickly and efficiently with the right tools!
Use a Ceiling Fan
Using a ceiling fan correctly is just as important as getting one that’s right for your space. Your fan should rotate counterclockwise to push cool air down during warmer months and clockwise during colder months (to help distribute warm air). You should also ensure that all blades are level so they can effectively push their respective load of moving air around the room (which will also make less noise while operating).
Additionally, since we’re talking about heavy equipment that hangs overhead and spins fast enough to cause serious injury if touched, there are some safety precautions to take when selecting and installing a ceiling fan outside of the office. When buying one for home use or for an office space that’s not yours, it’s important to first get permission from whoever owns or manages where you plan on putting it before making any alterations or installations
Get Blackout Curtains for the Offices That Receive Direct Sunlight
If your office buildings have windows that receive direct sunlight, blackout curtains can be a game-changer. Although the air temperature outside is usually not very hot, the high-intensity sunlight can heat up your office to uncomfortable levels. What’s more, this intense light makes it harder to monitor screen glare and brightness on your computer.
Blackout curtains are useful for blocking out both the light and heat from direct sun exposure. However, not all drapes and curtains are created equal in this regard. You might have room darkening curtains that only decrease light by about 50% or insulating thermal drapes that block about 80% of light within their thermal layer but do not prevent any infrared energy from penetrating through them (which you want to prevent).
Avoid Using Air Conditioners to Dehumidify
Cooling bills can get expensive, so it’s important to be aware of ways you can save money. One way to do this is to avoid using air conditioners for the process of dehumidifying. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers are not the same thing. A humidifier adds moisture to the air, whereas a dehumidifier removes humidity from your space. You should have separate units for humidifying and dehumidifying instead of trying to use your air conditioner as both because they perform two different functions and aren’t always suited for both tasks.
Don’t Set Your Thermostat Too Low
You may think that setting the temperature on your thermostat lower will make your office cooler faster, but it’s not true. Doing so can cause your air conditioner to run longer. Instead, set your thermostat at a comfortable temperature that is suitable for the majority of people working in your office. You should also consider turning up the thermostat when no one is in the office or when employees are away on vacation. If you have zones in your building, you can also turn off air conditioning in areas that aren’t used as frequently (such as restrooms).
Maintain Your HVAC System Regularly
Keeping your HVAC system up and running is very important in making sure that you can keep the temperature of your office comfortable for everyone. It’s also one of the best ways to lower your cooling bills during the summer months.
To help you in keeping your HVAC system in tiptop shape, we suggest that you get them serviced by professionals at least once a year. This helps prevent breakdowns not only during peak seasons but throughout the year as well. And for other times when it breaks down, you might as well seek out professional repair services as soon as possible to ensure that it won’t happen again. This will not only help prolong the life of your equipment but will also save you energy too!