Spring is associated with renewal and a fresh start, so it is a great time to make sure your commercial building is ready for spring and summer. Here are some tips to improve the efficiency of your building as temperatures start to warm up:
- Check Your Air Conditioning Units
Your air conditioning units have been sitting unused all winter, collecting buildup, which could cause odors, allergens, higher operating costs, and lower the air quality. So before you really need to turn the A/C on, it is smart to give the units a refresh so they are ready to handle their job when it starts to heat up. Cleaning the coils of the units can boost efficiency and improve air quality inside your building.
- Check All the Building’s Mechanical Equipment
While you are checking your A/C units, take the time to make sure other building equipment is functioning properly. A loose fan belt runs less efficiently than a properly fitting one, which could end up costing you money.
- Think Green This Spring
As the trees start to bud and flowers begin to bloom, you can think green too. If you already practice sustainability in your building, good for you! But you can use this time to try and take it up a level.
If you have not initiated sustainable processes in your commercial building, now is a great time to start. Think about starting a recycling program, using recycled products, and using cleaning products that do not have harsh chemicals.
Some other ideas to go greener this spring:
- Have staff clean the building during the day, when the lights are already on. This will save energy by not having the lights on even longer.
- Install motion sensors to automatically turn lights on and off when the space is being used.
- Install high-efficiency LED lights in exit signs and elsewhere in the building. LED lights have much lower energy costs compared to other bulbs — and they last a lot longer.
- Get tenants excited about saving energy by creating promotional items and including information about saving energy in the company newsletter. Include information about how much energy the building has saved through different investments and initiatives.
- Rearrange your building so workstations are near windows, which reduces the need for lights.
Contact Us Today!
At Miller Architects and Builders in St. Cloud, we’re committed to sustainable building processes and helping commercial buildings meet their sustainability goals by using the latest technology throughout a new commercial construction project.
Contact us by calling 320-251-4109 to learn more about how we go green.