If you run a business, you know better than anyone the importance of maintaining an environment that fosters productivity and contentment among your employees while prudently managing costs and taking care of the environment. It can be a lot to juggle.
Fortunately, one of the most important factors in accomplishing these goals can also be one of the easiest to manage – maintaining a comfortable environment inside the office and a healthy environment outside of it through the prudent use of heating and air.
If your AC isn’t accomplishing these objectives, it may be time to change your strategy. Just as you periodically evaluate the performance of each of your employees to determine whether they deserve a raise, some coaching, or a pink slip, here are a few ways to evaluate your climate control:
- Do most of your employees find the building comfortable?
Although studies vary widely on the optimal temperature for a work environment, they all agree that employees who work in a comfortable climate make fewer mistakes and are more productive. If a large portion of your employees show signs of being too hot or too cold, you may need a new thermostat, duct repair, duct cleaning, additional insulation, additional refrigerant, or repairs on your pump or electrical connections.
- Are there any areas of the building that are staying warmer or cooler than necessary?
Old air conditioning systems could only heat a building to one uniform temperature – even if little to no activity took place in one or more sections. New zone technology allows you to control the temperature of each part of your building independently, so you can make your staff comfortable while saving money on areas where no one works.
- Do you or your staff frequently sneeze or cough during the day?
If your employees seem to have allergies all year round, it may be due to your air filter. Pollen, dust, dirt, and mold spores are often drawn in from outside and pushed through your air vents, where they are captured by your filter before the clean air escapes. If your filter is clogged, particles escape, contaminating the air.
- Is your bill higher than average for a building of your size?
One of the most obvious signs that something is wrong with your AC shows up on your bill. When your air conditioner is struggling to keep the building cool, it runs continually, which negatively impacts your energy bill.
- How old is your unit?
New coolants and energy standards have come into effect in recent years. If your system is old, you are probably not as green or energy efficient as you could be and are due for an upgrade or an overhaul.
- How old is your building?
Over time, the insulation in your walls compacts and becomes less effective. Normal deterioration also introduces drafts and cracks that let cool air escape and causes your energy bill to rise. If your building is old, you might be spending more in electricity than you’re saving in rent.
Whether your business needs a new AC unit, repairs, or regular maintenance, Kingwood Air Repair can help. Our experienced crews specialize in light commercial HVAC and stand ready to help you optimize your office environment.
Call us for a quote at 281-441-4500.