Heat control during cold seasons is a concern for most landlords. Minimising the heat-related costs while ensuring comfort is simple in domestic buildings, but for commercial properties, things can get more complicated.
In this case, there are more heating systems involved and more rooms or annexes, each with different temperature requirements. To help you get the best out of the winter months, we’ve asked the team at Enhanced Energy Solutions how you should prepare your commercial property for autumn and winter. Here is what they answered us.
5 Tips for Optimal Heating During Cold Months
Ensuring both a comfortable temperature and a decent energy bill in a commercial building can be quite the challenge, but there are a few things you can do to get the best out of both worlds.
1. Install Enough Thermostats
Activities carried out in commercial buildings require different degrees of thermal comfort. For instance, a room full of computers can have a set temperature of nineteen degrees, since the heat difference is generated by the computers themselves.
Identify the requirements for every room and make sure that there are enough thermostats to control the heat efficiently.
2. Make Sure All Thermostats Are Calibrated
A thermostat reading the wrong room temperature can increase the monthly energy costs or contribute to thermal discomfort.
To check a thermostat, place a glass thermometer near it and read both of them after at least fifteen minutes. If the temperatures match, then the thermostat is working properly. If the difference is over one degree, you need to recalibrate it. This can be done by detaching the cover and cleaning it on the inside with a soft brush and cotton swabs. If there are any signs of corrosion or the mercury vial needs to be levelled, call a professional to help you out.
3. Run Maintenance Tests on the Heating System
Preventing heating issues is easier, less costly and more comfortable than repairing the damage. Just like in a domestic property, all the boilers, radiators and the pipework need regular maintenance to ensure everything functions as it should. Failing to run the regular check-ups will result in losing heat or appliance malfunction.
4. Insulate Hot-Water Pipes
Losing heat through hot water pipes is a common mistake in commercial buildings. While water is transported through the pipes, they receive a consistent amount of heat. When the water enters the radiator in the room, it is not as hot as it was when it entered the system, increasing the room temperature only a fraction of what it was supposed to. To make sure less heat gets lost, you can insulate the hot water pipes.
5. Clean the Exhaust Systems
Exhaust systems are one of the most important parts of the heating system. If the vents are partially or completely blocked with debris, the carbon monoxide can’t be expelled properly and will travel back into the system and dissipate inside the building. As carbon monoxide is poisonous and impossible to detect for humans, you can install CO detectors and clean the vents before winter comes in full swing.