Air Conditioning Your Workplace Efficiently
Commercial facilities – including office buildings, stores and warehouses – present unique challenges for heating and cooling. If you are an owner or manager, it may be very challenging for you to make everyone happy when it comes to the temperature inside. Studies show that women prefer a warmer work environment than men. In fact, females prefer a work environment that is 75 to 77 degrees, while men are more comfortable at 72 degrees or a little lower.
However, there’s more to it than just making everyone feel comfortable. Bumping the thermostat up from 72 to 77 degrees can save your business up to 11 percent on your energy bill during the months when the AC is running non-stop.
American businesses could take a hint from China and other countries, where homes and offices are kept between 77 and 80 degrees in the summer, and the dress code is more relaxed to accommodate the temperatures. For example, men wear short sleeved dress shirts rather than suit coats. It isn’t freezing, just enough to knock off the edge. And it’s much more cost effective.
That being said, no one is going to be comfortable in a steaming hot office or stockroom. So how can you efficiently and effectively cool your workplace?
Choose the Right System
A very important thing you can do is make sure you have the right air conditioning system for your workplace. For office buildings, you have several smart choices. Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating can help you decide which one is right for the size and layout of your business.
Your options include the following systems:
- Sky Air
- Chillers and air side equipment
- Biddle air curtains
These systems all promote higher energy savings, and they are surprisingly easy to install, so you won’t have a lot of down time during installation, if any. The right air conditioning system will be cost effective and will keep indoor temperatures consistent throughout the year. You can find options that are stand-alone AC units or complete HVAC systems.
We also offer air conditioning solutions for industrial services, including storage facilities, data centers, warehouses, wineries, manufacturing plants, pharmaceutical companies and agricultural purposes. Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating in San Antonio is your answer for cooling your office or other commercial property because of our vast experience in commercial air conditioning.
There are lots of other things you can do besides installing the right air conditioner. For example, you can increase its efficiency by having regular maintenance done on your AC or HVAC unit. This holds true for commercial air conditioners just like it does for your residential one. The only difference is that you can escape the high temps at home when the air conditioner isn’t performing up to par, but you can’t change the location of your business for a day or two!
Another tip is to keep small appliances away from the thermostat. In a workplace, this could be televisions, computers, lamps or copy machines. The heat given off from these appliances can confuse the thermostat and cause the air to kick on when it really isn’t necessary. Not only will employees be complaining about the fluctuations in temperature, but your AC system will be working extra hard to meet the inconsistent demands and your energy bills will reflect it.
Obviously, you should make sure the windows and doors are closed when the air conditioning is on. Take it a step further and have all the exterior windows and doors checked out by a contractor or handyman to make sure they don’t need to be resealed or replaced altogether. You could be losing a lot of cool air through those tiny cracks. Also, if cold-natured employees are using space heaters in the summertime (believe us, it happens!), then your AC is counterproductive.
You can insulate your office with blinds, shades or curtains as well. By blocking out the sun’s rays, you’ll give your air conditioner a chance to get ahead of the temperatures outside. If it’s an option, planting trees on the east, west or northwest side of your building will also keep things cooler without turning up the AC. Choose deciduous trees for the most shade. You can also plant smaller trees to shade the air conditioner itself. Awnings serve the same purpose. Install them wherever possible to increase shade.
Following these simple steps will keep your workplace cooler and help the building’s air conditioner work more efficiently. Tex-Perts Cooling & Heating can work with you to design a complete cooling system. Call us today!