When your employees are comfortable, they will be more productive. There's nothing like an office that's too cold or sweltering hot to make even the best employee feel unmotivated. That's why it's so important to ensure that your HVAC system is in good working order. Here are three things you can do to ensure that your business's heating and cooling systems don't unexpectedly quit on you.
1. Monitor your utility bill.
As a business owner, you're a very busy person, but keeping track of expenditures can help save you money in the long run. This is especially true when it comes to your utility bill. You should expect to spend more on heating and cooling during times of the year with extreme temperatures. However, your electric bill should stay fairly steady over time. If you notice sudden drastic, unexplained increases in your bill, you should call a professional HVAC contractor to come examine your system for damage. Spikes in electricity usage may indicate that your heating and cooling system is malfunctioning.
2. Keep your thermostat steady.
It's a good idea to make a policy that does not encourage people in the office to change the thermostat. Constantly turning the thermostat up and down can cost you money by wasting electricity. It can also cause inefficient heating and cooling. Choose a moderate temperature for your office, and try to stick to it. You may even want to install a clear guard over the top of the thermostat, if it's in a common area. You can use a key to lock it to ensure that only authorized managerial staff are able to set the temperature for the building. Encourage employees to bring sweaters if they get cold in the office, as an alternative to adjusting the air conditioning for the whole building.
3. Invest in commercial HVAC maintenance.
While it's great to keep an eye on your building's HVAC system yourself, there's no substitute for professional attention. A commercial HVAC maintenance service will periodically inspect your whole system to ensure it's working as it should. They will check all the different parts of your HVAC system and replace them as needed. They'll even perform routine maintenance tasks such as oiling the system's motor and changing air filters. Keeping your building's HVAC air filters clean is particularly important, since this can reduce environmental contaminants such as mold and pollen that can bother people with allergies.