Our Austin commercial air conditioning professionals know that business owners want to keep utility costs as low as possible. That said, during the hot summer months in central Texas it isn’t a good idea to set the thermostat up to 80 degrees.
Employees may be comfortable at 78 degrees, but keep in mind their comfort level can impact productivity. Even this temperature is a little warm for most people when temperatures soar outside, and it’s hard to do your job when you’re about to break out in a sweat. Find a temperature that’s agreeable to most everyone to ensure your employees are happy!
Other areas where you don’t want to be too tight with the AC include:
Kitchen. Your office kitchen may be equipped with a refrigerator, microwave, or even a stove/oven in some cases. These appliances put off a substantial amount of heat, and sometimes the ventilation in the kitchen isn’t the best.
Server rooms. While there aren’t usually a lot of people in the server or electronics room, the equipment in this room puts off an incredible amount of heat. Not only can this affect the comfort of the spaces near the server room, excess heat can result in poor performance, random reboots and complete system crashes. High humidity levels in these rooms can also cause damage such as rust and corrosion, and the design of the room may interrupt proper airflow. It’s a good idea to keep the server room at temperatures below 75 degrees, and humidity levels at around 45 to 50%.
Lobby and reception areas. The first impression is the one that’s the most important when it comes to customers and clients. Do you really want them coming into your office only to be greeted by a wave of hot air? Without your customers, you would quickly go out of business. Be sure your lobby or reception area is cool, comfortable, and welcoming – and that the AC operates quietly. Nothing better than fresh, cold air when someone steps in out of the suffocating heat and humidity!
Of course you don’t want to spend a fortune to keep your office space comfortable, and you don’t have to if you choose an energy-efficient system that’s properly sized and designed for your needs. Having regular maintenance performed is key to efficient operation as well. For all of your Austin commercial HVAC needs, look no further than Schneider Mechanical.