Your commercial HVAC system serves the entire office. A functional heating and cooling system should keep your employees comfortable, focused, and productive. Ironically, there’s always a silent war going on in the office about the proper temperature. Not all offices have the same temperature requirements. Discover why a functional HVAC system is imperative for both class A and class B office space by reading the following tips from Air Ideal.
Why A Functional HVAC System Is Important
1. Energy Efficiency
Saving money is important to many businesses. In the era of “energy efficiency,” your HVAC system falls under that category. By maintaining an energy-efficient unit, businesses have the potential to save an average of 10 to 30 percent on their energy costs. In fact, your office HVAC unit is the bulk of your carbon footprint and should be retrofit to be suitable for your class A or B office space. A smart thermostat will help you manage a more energy-efficient workspace.
2. Productive Workers
A recent study shows that workplace productivity decreases by at least 4 percent when the temperatures warm up in the office. Less productivity leaves your business less competitive and causes you to lose money. Listen to your employees about the temperament of the office and adjust your HVAC unit accordingly.
3. Preventive Maintenance
Your office HVAC system requires preventative maintenance to ensure it’s running properly and to avoid unsuspecting system failure. The following are a few HVAC preventative maintenance tips:
- Change your air filters regularly
- Clean condenser and evaporator coils
- Listen/spot check for malfunctions
- Clean drain lines
- Keep air ducts clean
- Replace faulty parts (i.e. belts, pulleys) immediately
4. Air Quality
Your office air quality can have an impact on the well-being of your employees. To improve the air quality of your office space, try combining an air infiltration system with your HVAC unit. By improving your office air quality, you can increase your employee retention and reduce sick days. If necessary, you can also improve your air quality by replacing your older model with a newer model.
5. Workplace Compliance
Are employers required to keep the office at a certain temperature? Not necessarily, but according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), businesses are required to keep their office “free of recognizable hazards.” To avoid heat-related illnesses or extremely cold conditions, a fully functional HVAC system is necessary.
Do you still have questions about your class A or class B office HVAC system? For over 90 years, Air Ideal has served metro NYC and Western Long Island area professionals. You’re invited to contact us to discuss your commercial HVAC needs today!