One of the main reasons why many businesses have a hard time keeping their air conditioning costs down is because they generate too much heat within their buildings, and as a result end up overworking their air conditioners. Whether you are a business manager or run your own business, you should try as much as possible to avoid excessive heat buildup in your commercial building so as to lower your monthly energy bills.
Here is a look at some effective strategies you can employ to help keep your commercial building cool without necessarily straining your AC equipment and spending too much on electricity expenses.
Avoid congestion at the workplace
Overcrowding occurs when there isn't adequate space to occupy the number of people in a particular room or building. Overcrowding in commercial buildings also has the potential to overwork air conditioning installations. How?
The human body naturally produces heat as people go about their daily activities. In a congested building, temperatures will soar up excessively because there are too many people generating heat in the building. This causes commercial air conditioning systems to run harder than they should, thus increasing electricity bills.
Treat your windows
Windows are a source of natural lighting and ventilation in a building, but they can also lead to accumulation of extra heat inside the building. The good news is that businesses can regulate the amount of solar heat that gets absorbed into the home through the windows. Window treatments, such as tinting, blinds, shades, and awnings can play an integral part in minimising overheating from the sun by blocking unwanted solar heat from reaching the interiors of a building. This way, your air conditioner won't have to work so hard to provide comfortable indoor temperatures.
Use 'cooler' light bulbs
Good-quality lighting is key to ensuring your workers accomplish tasks assigned to them diligently. But if the light bulbs you use in your workplace produce way too much heat, they will make it difficult for you to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures for your workers. Your air conditioners will have to work extra hard in order to reduce the excessive heat, and this will translate into increased electricity expenses. In this regard, it would be a very clever move to avoid using light bulbs, such as incandescent light bulbs, which generate too much heat and instead opt for light bulbs that generate little heat, like LED light bulbs.