Winter heating can take a toll on your pocket if you run an office, and it is only natural that you would want to try to find ways to cut your heating costs while still keeping your employees warm. Finding the best way to do this can be challenging, but it is not impossible. Here are a few ideas that will help.
Monitor Your Thermostat
Set the thermostat to about 68 degrees when workers are in the building. However, before you go home be sure to lower the thermostat so that you can save money when the space is unoccupied. There is no need for your thermostat to be kept high during the night. Turning it down to about 55 degrees when everyone leaves will ensure that the office won't be freezing when they get in in the morning and you can still cut down on energy costs. Use a programmable thermostat so that you can control the heating. You should also use a locking cover on your thermostat, so that employees cannot change the temperature settings whenever they want.
Ask Your Workers to Wear Warm Clothing
While you want people to feel comfortable with what they wear, having a winter dress code in your office can save you a lot of money. Let workers know that they should wear warm weather clothing during winter. Be sure to install the dress code well ahead of the winter, so that your employees have enough time to prepare to dress appropriately for the winter season. Keeping the office heat turned up so that employees can still wear lighter clothing during winter is not energy efficient. Let your workers adhere to a warm clothing dress code in the winter and turn down the heat a bit to save on energy costs.
Change Older Heating and Ventilation Units
Older heating and ventilation units tend to burn a lot of energy. This will run up your heating costs during winter. There are now several models on the market that are designed to cut down on energy usage and will help to reduce your heating costs. While the initial costs may be high, in the long run you will recoup the costs in what you save on heating. Even with energy efficient models, constant maintenance is still important. Make sure that you clean the filter every month to keep heat flowing freely during winter.
A few adjustments is all that is necessary to help you enjoy savings on heating costs during the winter. Contact an HVAC specialist if your system needs repairs.