Are you the new owner of a small office building? Are you wondering how best to maintain your new acquisition? There are many different aspects of building maintenance. While you have almost certainly hired a building manager to take care of everything, it's also important to have an idea of what may be needed and what can be set aside for later. One of the most important pieces of a building is its heating system. Here are some reasons why you should consider replacing the system before next winter:
Age: With commercial heating systems, building owners are sometimes reluctant to replace a system that seems to be functioning properly. However, while heat may be delivered to various rooms in the building, age may mean that it's not doing so very efficiently. If you have a system that is more than a few years old, chances are good that newer systems will be more efficient and use less energy than the one you currently have installed. Depending on the size of your building, the savings could add up to a significant amount.
Improper installation: Time can also play a part in whether or not commercial heating systems are properly installed. Although the system may have been installed perfectly to begin with, a previous building owner may have performed one or more remodeling projects on the building itself. Depending on the nature of the remodeling, airflow within the building may have been changed to make the heating system work incorrectly. Once winter arrives, you may find that certain areas of the building are hotter than expected while other areas are freezing cold. While your furnace is being replaced, the HVAC professionals can reroute your ductwork to make sure that the temperature is what you expect.
Money: When you own commercial heating systems that don't function as expected, there can be a high financial cost. Not only do you have to consider your higher energy bills, you also have to think about things like lost productivity in your workers. Workers that are too hot or too cold will be constantly trying to adjust the thermostat in a vain attempt to get more comfortable. Instead of focusing on their work and making money for you, they'll be focused on the temperature and trying to warm or cool themselves. Some of your workers may even grow frustrated enough to seek employment elsewhere. A new heating system should restore efficiency enough so that this is no longer a problem.