by Zona on January 27, 2017

4 Tips to Keep Your Workplace Warm This Winter

Winter can be an expensive time for your workplace because the colder weather generally means an increase in energy bills. And while it’s important to keep your office warm this season, there are things you can do that will help you cut down on costs while also keeping your employees comfortable.

The key steps to a warmer workplace include furnace maintenance, adding moisture to the air, using the right thermostat, and making sure your building is ready for the cold.  

1. Schedule Annual Furnace Maintenance

Just like people should go to the doctor for annual physicals, so too should heating systems be inspected every year. This will ensure that problems are caught early, that necessary repairs are made, and that your furnace is ready to heat your office all winter long. A regular furnace tune-up will include:

  • Inspecting for damage, corrosion, cracks, and wear
  • Cleaning or replacing filters, fans, and burners
  • Testing the pilot light and burner system
  • Replacing or fixing broken components
  • Performing needed repairs
  • Checking for blockages
  • Make sure you won’t be left without heat in the middle of winter

humidifier_staywarm_winter2. Install a Humidifier

Keeping the air in your office humid won’t just reduce dryness, it will also make your workplace feel warmer. Remember back in the summer when the weather forecast told you the temperature for the day as well as the temperature with the heat index? That’s humidity working its magic, and in winter this same effect can keep your office warmer without turning up the heat.

Make sure you install a hygrometer as well to keep an eye on the moisture levels and keep the humidity between 30 and 50 percent to help your workplace feel about five degrees warmer.

3. Upgrade the Office Thermostathow_old_is_your_thermostat-jpg

Your old thermostat may be great for keeping the office temperature steady, but you could save yourself a good deal of money by using a programmable one that can regulate the temperature around the clock and when nobody is there.

Particularly, you can use newer thermostats to lower the temperature at the end of the day when everybody goes home, and then increase the heat in the morning before employees arrive.

4. Winterize

There are lots of things you can do around the office to prepare for the cold, and not only will these steps keep the place warmer, but they’ll also improve energy efficiency. One of the most important things you can do is prevent leaks and drafts, and you can do this by installing weather stripping on doors and windows, putting up plastic film on older windows, sealing the ductwork, sealing cracks around window and door frames with caulk, and putting draft guards in front of doors.

Winter can be a blustery and unpleasant time, and the last thing you want is for your employees to dread coming to work because they spend their 9 to 5 shivering and wishing they were somewhere warm. Luckily, it is possible to keep your workplace warmer this winter without cranking up the furnace and your energy bills.

These four simple steps will help you keep the office comfortable and your wallet full, but if you have any questions or need any plumbing assistance in the Indianapolis, IN area, don’t hesitate to call 317-881-9536 to schedule an appointment with the experts at Griesemer Plumbing & Mechanical Service.

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