Now that the weather’s turned cold, your business facility should be prepared to handle lower temperatures. Your company must be ready for extreme weather conditions, otherwise it can halt your everyday operations. This doesn’t just mean the readiness of your facility – it includes the working environment of your employees as well.
You might be anticipating an increase in your heating expenditures. This is definitely possible, but there are also ways to prepare your facility without having to spend much. Making sure that your building is energy efficient for winter can be augmented by a few adjustments in your HVAC system and some other measures to ensure that you contain heat in your facility.
What can you do to ensure that your facility stays warm and your employees stay toasty in colder commercial months? Let’s take a look at a few ways.
Maintain your HVAC system
This includes changing air filters and ensuring that ventilation systems are clear of debris or blockages. Debris from outside can damage the inner workings of your system.
Check your ventilation
Have you checked whether the humidity level in your office is too low? If it is, then you need to run the dehumidifier and increase humidity levels. This, however, can cause damage to your equipment if not done properly.
Inspect the insulation
To ensure efficiency, inspect your building’s insulation for holes or compromised areas that could cause heat loss. You may want to consider adding insulation for added warmth.
Assure heating units are clean
A dirty heating system can result in poor heat distribution, which increases your energy consumption. Ensure units are cleaned by a trained technician prior to the beginning of winter.
Monitor outdoor units
Outdoor units can be damaged by heavy snow loads or ice accumulation. Cleaning outdoor units could help to maintain building’s inside temperature.
Check your roofing
To prevent ice dams and water leakage, the roof should be free of snow. If you have a flat roof surface, add extra insulation to help maintain internal building temperatures.