Heating, Cooling and Ventilation Advice for Businesses

There’s much that can be done to improve heating, cooling and ventilation systems within buildings. Some systems are decades old and are hugely energy inefficient. Others just don’t perform well leaving employees too hot in summer and a bit chilly in winter.

Let’s look at some sensible advice regulating temperatures in an office environment.

Using HVAC at a Business

HVAC systems are created to provide both heating and cooling within a business site. That might be an office block or a warehousing operation; or, something that combines the two.

These types of systems have heating units as well as ducting to move either hot or cool air around the building. Ventilation along with using air filters to clean the air before distribution prevents commercial premises from getting stuffy the more people occupy them during the day.

Different technologies are deployed depending on the specific situation. A qualified HVAC manager would assess the proper needs of the organization and create a plan for a solution that fits the bill. This includes how many units, what capacity and type, and where they are to be positioned to provide enough heating, cooling and ventilation in each respective space.

Remember to Swap Out Air Filters Regularly

Air filters are present to clean dirty particles from the air supply. Without them, air could be pulled in from outside the building and pumped into offices (or the existing air recirculated) still with the contaminants present. This is less pleasant for the occupants of the building, but worse for people with allergies or asthma who are particularly sensitive to pollutants that cause irritation to their lungs or nasal passages.

Thermostat Temperature Regulation for Energy Savings

A thermostat uses temperature readings to regulate when the HVAC system should kick into action to warm the office or cool it down. HVAC engineers use different designs and systems like exhaust-only ventilation, balanced ventilation and intermittently balanced ventilation to provide a mix of cleaner air with ventilation, along with heating or cooling as needed.

The use of thermostats and programmable solutions helps reduce the energy bill for the company. Only when the temperature either falls or rises outside a range of acceptable levels will the HVAC system activate to remedy the situation. This results in lower energy use while providing cleaner internal air at the same time.

Regular Maintenance for Operational Efficiency

To keep HVAC systems running efficiently, it’s necessary to stay on a regular maintenance schedule. These maintenance visits include changing the air filters which become clogged from contaminants they’ve collected over time and working on any parts of the system that need some adjustments or a part replaced. With such maintenance visits, companies avoid part or all of their HVAC system breaking down unexpectedly. It doesn’t completely rule out that possibility, but it certainly reduces both the likelihood and repeated instances of it happening.

As long as companies get an efficient heating and cooling system installed and well maintained, it goes a long way to keeping staff happier. Being either too hot or too chilly is an unnecessary distraction for busy employees that interferes with what they need to get done.

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Heating, Cooling and Ventilation Advice for Businesses

by Brad Fedrickson