Unless you enjoy suffering, then air conditioning is an essential part of any modern office. Unfortunately, as with other common-use components of an office, an air conditioner is often overlooked. This leads to problems that can actually make your air conditioner work against you. To help keep your office comfortable and healthy, here are four ways that you’re using the air conditioner in your office incorrectly.
You’re Not Programming It
Given the large size of commercial air conditioner units, they use a lot of power whenever they’re running. This power has to be paid for from the company budget, leaving less money for things like bonuses and new office equipment. In many offices, the air conditioner uses much more power than it should because it’s not properly programmed to turn off when no one’s there. By scheduling the operation of the air conditioner around the times that the building is occupied, you will see your utility savings quickly add up.
You’re Not Changing the Filter
Another way to ruin the efficiency of your air conditioner is to run it with a dirty filter. Since less air can pass through a dirty filter, your system will have to run longer to turn over a given volume of air. If you can’t remember to change the filter on your own, you can have a commercial HVAC company complete the process for you to ensure it gets done on a regular schedule.
You’re Not Testing the Air
Over time, the air quality in your office can suffer due to its closed nature. In some cases, this reduced air quality is caused by mildew growing in your air conditioner unit or your ductwork. That’s why it’s so important to have your office’s air quality tested at least once a year to ensure that the air that you and your coworkers are breathing isn’t making you sick. The longer you overlook this problem, the more likely it is that people will miss work simply because of the poor quality of the air.
You’re Not Zoning
In an office environment, it’s difficult to make everyone happy when it comes to the temperature of the air. However, through proper zoning, you can come closer to the goal of finding the perfect temperature. HVAC zones are ultimately separate HVAC systems that use separate ductwork and equipment to allow people in different areas of the building to choose different temperatures. While there will still be those who can’t get comfortable, you’ll likely experience far fewer complaints.
Though they share the same goal, residential and commercial HVAC systems are quite different in how they operate. In order to maintain efficiency and comfort in your office, it’s a good idea to consult with your HVAC provider so that you understand these differences in order to operate your office air conditioner correctly. Once people notice the difference in comfort, you’ll suddenly find yourself the most popular person in the office.
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