Published on March 17th, 2016 | by admin0
Increase Your Office Temperature Without Breaking the Bank
All businesses want to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for their employees and clients, but heating a building can be expensive. Here are some ways to cut your fuel bill and keep your team toasty.
Forewarned is forearmed
By checking the boiler, radiators and heating pumps at the start of autumn, you can replace faulty elements early and avoid problems − and even office closures − in the depths of winter. This is also a great time to consider replacing parts such as old heating pumps with newer, more efficient versions.
Waste not, want not
Think of all the rooms that are regularly used in your office. Now think of the ones that aren’t. Are they being heated? You could be wasting hundreds of pounds every year for no reason. Conference rooms, spare offices and storerooms won’t need to be heated constantly. If you have a meeting scheduled, turn the conference room radiator on half an hour before and then off again afterwards. Just remember to keep radiators on a frost setting of around five degrees to avoid frozen pipes, which could end up costing you the money you have so carefully saved.
Boost the pressure
If you are a small business owner struggling with the effects of low water pressure, it might be worth investing in home booster sets. A boiler that has to cope with relatively heavy use needs a consistent pressure to cope with everyday use in addition to pushing water around the radiator circuit in the colder months. Home booster sets can increase the pressure and keep the boiler working efficiently.
Mind the gap
If you notice a breeze around windows and doors, foam tape and brushes can be an effective way of blocking out cold air; however, if the fittings are getting on in years, it could be time to invest in good-quality double-glazing. While this may seem like a lot to cough up in one go, it is guaranteed to cut your heating bills in the long term.
Keep to a schedule
While it is sensible to heat the building a little before your team arrives for work, there is no need to continue after everyone has left. If most of your staff are out of the door at 5pm, set the timer to turn the heating off a little earlier. No one will notice the gradual drop and you won’t be heating an empty office for longer than necessary.
We all know that keeping a building properly insulated is one of the best ways to conserve heat, but have you checked your building recently? By insulating windows, doors and – crucially − roof space, you can save a decent amount. There could even be government funding available to help with the costs.
Raise awareness among your team members and get them to join in. While conserving energy saves the company money, it also helps the planet. Ask all employees to be mindful of the energy they use day-to-day and find out how they feel about energy-saving measures, such as dropping the thermostat by a degree or two. It is also important that they don’t cover radiators or heaters with their files or bags, which can obstruct the flow of warm air. We could all do with a reminder every now and then!
Get a professional in
If you have tried everything to reduce your heating bill and you are still not satisfied, get a professional in who can complete a thorough assessment of your building. A full audit will alert you to things that you might not have noticed, such as air leakage or a deterioration in insulation.