Air conditioners can be a necessity in the workplace during the summer months. Workplaces need to be kept at comfortable temperatures not just for the comfort of employees, but for their productivity and safety. However, if you have an air conditioning unit, you’ll want to make sure you’re getting the most out of it, and that you aren’t spending money you don’t need to spend.
Here’s how to get the most out of your commercial air conditioning unit:
Use the Programmable Thermostat
Air conditioning units tend to come equipped with a programmable thermostat, and one of the best ways to ensure you’re getting the most out of your unit is to use the thermostat effectively. You can programme the air conditioner to switch on and off at certain times as well as change temperature. It allows you to get on with the day and not have to think about remembering to switch the unit off when you leave. Programme your unit to switch on during the hottest parts of the day and to switch off when everyone in the workplace has left for the day. By utilising the programmable thermostat, you won’t waste energy or money by accidentally leaving the unit running when it’s not needed.
Keep the Blinds Drawn
For an air conditioner to work effectively, it shouldn’t have to fight too hard to cool down a room. Thus, there are a few things you can do to ensure that the heat of the sun is kept out of the workplace, helping the air conditioner cool down the space. One thing you can do is keep the blinds drawn during the hottest parts of the day, keeping the sunlight out. Rooms can become incredibly hot when the sun is shining through the windows, so keep those curtains or blinds drawn to insulate them from the heat, allowing the air conditioner an easier time of keeping the space cool.
Remove Debris from the Condenser
Your unit won’t run effectively if something is clogging the system. Make sure your outdoor condenser if free of all debris such as rubbish, leaves, twigs and anything else. Clear it all away and give the condenser a clean to ensure it’s completely clear.
Ensure the Unit is Installed in an Optimal Position
Sometimes your air conditioning unit is in complete working order, but it still may not feel like the space is cooling down effectively. In these situations, it could be that your unit is not ideally placed to maximise its cooling potential, especially if it’s in an ample space like a factory floor or warehouse. The air needs a clear path in order for it to circulate, so if it’s installed behind any large structures, the rest of the space isn’t going to feel the benefit of the air conditioner. You may also need more than one unit if your space is exceptionally large or has many rooms that need cooling.
Keep the Filters Clean
Dirty, clogged filters will prevent the cold air from circulating efficiently, not to mention the potential for dust and allergens to be blown around the space, having a detrimental effect on those with asthma or allergies. Filters should be cleaned or replaced regularly, check them every month and make the replacements as necessary.
Separate Unoccupied Rooms
Not every space will need to be kept cool all the time; it’s undoubtedly a considerable waste of energy and money cooling down unoccupied rooms. This is where those programmable thermostats can come in handy. When a room is vacant and is expected to be for some time, keep any air conditioning units in those spaces switched off. Air conditioning units work very quickly when turned on, so there’s no need to keep them powered on in an unoccupied room if you’re concerned about the space becoming too hot if the room is needed later in the day. Set the unit to come on ten minutes or so before the room is due to be used and this should be a sufficient amount of time for the unit to cool the room.
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