12 Sep Preparing for winter: how to keep heating costs low
Are your facilities equipped for an energy efficient winter?
The wind is howling, the kids are in school and the shops are stocking Christmas decorations… how is it autumn in Newcastle already? We hope you’ve had a great summer, but it’s time to accept that cooler days are upon us. That means that it’s just about time for the heating to come on!
So whether you are a homeowner or facilities manager, there are some things you should consider as the colder months set in. We can help reduce your heating costs and improve your HVAC systems with some of this advice. Grab a warm cuppa and have a read of how to improve heating systems this winter!
Pay attention to the thermostat
After a seasonably warm summer, the shock of cold wind and rain might be getting to your system. However, be careful not to switch the thermostat on too high: the cost of heating can increase by up to 8 per cent for every 1 °C increase on the thermostat! Workplace environments like offices should be set at about 18 °C and turned up by one degree if employees aren’t comfortable.
Utilise a control management system
Being able to set when and where the heating comes on can save a massive amount on heating costs. Warming up your business just 20 minutes before employees arrive will help make the building more comfortable and decrease the likelihood of needing to blast the heat. Plus, once it’s warmed up, you can set it to switch off 15-20 minutes before the end of the day to rack up savings across the cooler months.
Monitoring and adjusting the areas of the building being heated can also amount to great savings and a lower carbon footprint. Turn off the heating in unused rooms and adjust the temperature in smaller spaces or hallways to improve efficiency. If your facilities are complex or you don’t have time to pay attention to these details, Eco Facilities Solutions can help implement building control management systems and strategies to reduce heating costs this winter.
Consider the humidity of the building
Poor humidity control can actually make spaces seem colder, which often results in thermostats being turned too high and energy being waster. High humidity can also result in condensation on cold surfaces, mould growth, and can even create slip hazards in work places. An inspection by a qualified HVAC engineer can result in better humidity control, which can improve heating efficiency and air quality.
Check for heat loss
It’s possible that your building, its doors and windows have developed draughts or leaks since you last turned the heat on, so a quick inspection could help to ensure that warm air stays inside once you start paying for it! Insulation and double glazing can also improve energy efficiency and comfort during cooler periods.
Are you prepared for winter? If you’re concerned about the integrity of your building, the state of your HVAC systems or the impending cost of heating, contact the Eco Facilities Solutions team and we can help!