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Are you starting to dread the summer heat and its impact on your office building? While many business owners are aware of the importance of keeping their buildings well-maintained all year round, they may be unaware that taking a few small steps now can make a big difference when it comes to making sure that your workplace is comfortable during those hot months. From low-cost fixes like improved insulation and smart window placement to more significant — but still affordable — investments in energy-efficient systems, here are four improvements you can consider implementing for your office building before summer arrives. With these tweaks, you’ll be give yourself peace of mind knowing that not even the highest temperatures will interfere in your routine operations come June!
Replace Old HVAC Units with Energy-Efficient Models to Keep Your Building Cooler
If you’re looking to keep your building cool during the hot summer months, replacing your old HVAC units with energy-efficient models is a must. Not only will this help to reduce your building’s carbon footprint, but it can also lead to significant cost savings in the long run. Energy-efficient HVAC systems are designed to use less energy, which means you’ll be able to reduce your monthly energy bills while keeping your tenants cool and comfortable. Plus, these systems are often built to last longer than traditional units, so you can rest assured that your investment will pay off over time. If you’re ready to upgrade your building’s HVAC systems, start exploring your options today and see how energy efficiency can benefit your bottom line.
Invest in Automated Lighting for Increased Comfort and Efficiency
While it may not seem that important, you’d be surprised how much of a difference automated lighting can make in your office. Especially in bright, sunny areas, you can save a lot of money by having lights that react to the natural lighting available in abundance during the summer. As well, when you have meeting rooms, bathrooms, or hallways that don’t see constant use, having motion sensors installed to detect when people are present means you don’t need to fumble around for a switch in the dark, yet also don’t need to leave the lights on! The best part is? It’s not terribly expensive to get features like these in a building. So at least take the time to consider whether your office building could use some better (and more efficient) lighting.
Take Some Time to Make Sure Your Roof is Up-To-Date
Being confident in your roof is a big burden off your shoulders when you’re already dealing with the summer heat. Spending at least a few minutes on your roof to inspect for holes and cracks can save you a great deal of money. If your roof isn’t secure, you’re much more likely to lose the cool air provided by your HVAC, as well as risk potential collapses and damages. Hiring a commercial roofing contractor to inspect your roof as well can minimize the risk you’re at for anything else, such as heavy rainfall. You don’t want to be caught with a damaged roof in the summer, so take some time to make sure your roof is in good condition.
Incorporate Greenery into Your Office with Plants and Planters
Adding a touch of greenery to your office space can make a real difference to your workday. Plants and planters not only spruce up the look of the room, but they also have several benefits for your well-being. Research has shown that having plants in the workplace can improve air quality, reduce stress levels, and boost productivity. Plus, there’s something satisfying about watching your very own plant grow and flourish. With a range of plant options available, from low-maintenance succulents to large indoor trees, it’s easy to find the perfect green addition that suits both your space and schedule. It’s a small addition you can make to improve your building just that much more for the summer season.
Summer can be unbearably hot, especially in an office setting. With a few simple upgrades to your office building you can make summer more bearable and increase productivity. By replacing old HVAC units with energy-efficient models, installing automated lighting for comfort and efficiency, inspecting your roof for any damages, and incorporating planters and plants to liven up the space, Your staff will be much happier during those long summer months, leading to increased efficiency and morale all round. Investing time and energy into these improvements now will give you many returns later on!
By Meghan Belnap
who is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family and residing in Oklahoma.
Member since September, 2019
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