If you own your own office building, warehouse, or other place of business, you are likely interested in keeping your operating costs, such as utilities and building maintenance, as low as possible. But one necessity of any workplace is to keep your employees comfortable, and that will require air conditioning at certain times. If you'd like to keep your employees cool but keep your energy costs down, here are a few tips that could help.
Close and Clear Vents
If you have multiple rooms in your office that don't typically get a lot of use, consider closing down some of your vents. For example, you don't need active air conditioning in a conference room if there are no meetings scheduled on a specific day. While you're going around closing vents, also make sure that you don't have any office furniture or equipment blocking the vents that you do want to use. You want the air to be able to circulate freely so your A/C runs more efficiently.
Install Blinds or Curtains Over All Windows
If your office building spans multiple floors, you likely have multiple windows that look out into the parking lot and the rest of your property. During the day, as the sun beams brightly into your office, all of that sunshine can cause your office temperature to rise. Consider installing blinds or curtains on every window in the building and you will be able to keep some of this heat out, allowing your commercial air conditioning system to take a break every once in a while.
Programmable Thermostats on Every Floor
While you could just close down certain vents when rooms are not in use, there's another way to be even more precise about the exact temperature of your office. Have an air conditioning company install a programmable thermostat in multiple locations. Heat naturally rises to the top, so the top floors of the building might need a bit more help from the air conditioner but the basement or first floor might be able to get away with a higher temperature on the thermostat. This will also let you automatically shut down the A/C during non-working hours but have the building cooled again by the next morning.
If you want to save money on energy costs at your office building, consider making some adjustments to help give your A/C a break. For best results, contact a local air conditioning company to schedule regular maintenance on your commercial air conditioner.