The biggest challenge with HVAC comes when you have wide variations in outside temperatures. In the UK, this tends to happen during the winter months but with the recent hot summer and warm spring, it’s set to become an all year-round issue for many businesses.
Maintaining and managing your air conditioning at these times is not as difficult as many people think. There are a number of factors you need to take into account if you want staff and visitors to be comfortable.
The following advice from the experts at Climate Zone should help you keep the temperature constant in your office or business property, whatever the weather is like outside.
- Check Your Controls
Whether you have a new high-tech air-conditioning console or something older and more rudimentary, it always pays to make sure you have it on the right settings. Small changes here and there can make a big difference to comfort levels, so you are neither too hot nor too cold.
Keeping up with maintenance is also important. It should keep your system optimised and focus your attention on any areas of your property that are problematic during particularly cold or hot spells.
- Check Vents and Ducts
The key area that many property owners forget about are the ducts and vents that deliver the air conditioning. These can get blocked, dusty and fall into disrepair over time. If your ducts have cracks in them or a rodent or two have set up home in your air con system, it’s going to impact on efficiency and air flow.
It pays to take a closer look at vents and ducts especially if you have an older air con system that might be in need of a little repair.
- Work Out Your Office Zones
Large, open spaces can be more problematic when it comes to managing any air con system, even the most sophisticated. If you are in an office that has big windows, for example, it’s likely that those workers close to them will feel colder during winter than those who are positioned further away. In the height of summer, the opposite may be true with those closer to the windows feeling the full impact of the outdoor heat.
You can create zones and controls for them with the right air con system which means you can build a more uniform temperature even in large spaces. This can also save you money because you are not over heating certain parts of your building. How you position desks or organise staff can also be a factor.
- Regular Maintenance is Key
As with any heating system, having regular inspections and maintenance carried out is important, especially in a commercial environment. This not only keeps your system working at optimal performance it ensures that problems are spotted in time and remedied before they get out of hand.
It’s not all about the HVAC, however. If you want to create a more comfortable space during the hotter months of the year, introducing protection for the windows is simple and includes installing cooling blinds or using window films, especially on areas that face the sun.
For more information, a quote or simple advice on air conditioning for businesses or residential clients contact Climate Zone today.