Making the office’s heating and air conditioner unit run more often isn’t the only way to keep your employees comfortable this summer.
A commercial heating and air conditioning system will be the main way employees stay cool and comfortable when the weather gets warm. But there are other ways to stay cool without having an employee set the thermostat to a lower temperature. These tips are nice because they help save energy, which saves money:
Why does the office get warm? Because of the sun. This means the less sunlight that either hits the office building or gets inside through a window, the cooler it can be. You can lower the amount of sunlight your office receives several ways. First, you can install curtains, shades or blinds to block the sunlight that comes in through the windows. Second, you can adjust the landscaping by planting trees and shrubs that will block some of the sun's rays from hitting the building.
The flow of air within a room can make it feel a few degrees cooler even if the overall temperature remains the same. You can provide employees (or allow them to use) small desk fans. These will focus moving air on just one person to help keep them cool without disturbing anyone else in the office.
The more moisture in the air, the warmer the air will feel. Therefore, keeping the indoor humidity level low, such as below 55 percent, should make it easier to stay cool inside. If the humidity gets above 70 percent or so, employees might feel too hot, even though the thermostat is at a reasonable temperature. For the most part, your air conditioner should be able to pull enough moisture from the air, but if it can't, you can consider using a dehumidifier.
If the office heating and air conditioning system runs too hard to keep everyone inside comfortable, think about getting some extra cooling help from our team at Jerry’s Air Conditioning and Heating.