Every business requires a comfortable working environment. These costs associated with heating and cooling a commercial building space are considered overhead costs. However, many business owners and tenants forget to calculate the costs of lost business when these solutions are not working smoothly. Here’s the hidden costs of keeping your office temperature comfortable.
More Than Just Comfort
When it comes to office infrastructure, HVAC solutions are important for more than just comfort. Property value comes to mind, as does employee productivity and client perception. Comfort clocks in at a distant fourth.
Firstly, property value will be higher for an installation which has some form of climate control – remodeling often increases the value of property, both residential and commercial. HVAC is a good remodel choice. Your HVAC system should be in good repair—there are certainly HVAC solutions which begin to degrade over time.
A properly installed system will add several thousand dollars’ value to your property. The larger and more effective it is, the higher the property value will be—in most cases. Granted, it must be sustainable within the system’s operating limits. You’ll get bonus points if you’ve used IoT integration (Internet of Things) for automation purposes.
Secondly, your employees will be much more productive in an environment that has been designed to help them succeed. If they’re working in a northern climate and things are always cold, it will induce a sluggish, resentful quality in all but the most hearty personalities.
Heat And Consequences
Texas usually doesn’t have a problem with being cold, though. In the region, businesses are more likely to deal with exceptionally dire instances of heat. When it’s too hot, this can be a terrible scourge. You can always put on more layers in the cold, but when things are too hot, there’s nothing that can be done.
Too much heat does several things. Firstly, it induces lethargy. Secondly, it clouds the mind. Between lethargy and cloudy thinking, employees likely won’t get as much work done—and you won’t either. So having a proper HVAC system is integral in facilitating an environment conducive to maximum productivity. An environment between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal.
Next you’ve got client perception. Clients who come into your office and either freeze to death or sweat their minds away will be disinclined to work with you. Sure, many still will, but you’re likely to lose a statistical number of them which is regularly predictable, and the reason is simple discomfort.
The lobby should be comfortable and even in temperature, as should offices. The production floor of your institution should be this way as well, if possible; clients like to work with companies who are seen to treat their employees well in most cases.
Comfort is the final thing to consider on this list. The more comfortable your employees are, the more productive they are; just like the more favorable an interior climate is, the more likely potential clients are to ally themselves with you.
Stay On Top of Maintenance
If you’ve got all these things, you’re in excellent shape, but there is one additional consideration that shouldn’t be forgotten, and that is repair. Your HVAC system will need maintenance at some point, and it may even need a complete overhaul. For that, you want services as provided by professionals known to deal honestly.
According to experts, air conditioning repair has a lot of aspects and requires straightforward, trustworthy professionals: “AC repairs and their inner workings are a complicated affair—less-than-honest contractors use this as an opportunity to blindside customers into paying more money.”
Underhanded repairmen are apt to deceive those who don’t know better as a means of selling more service than a given client requires. You’ll want to call around, read reviews, and see who does the best work in the area. Maintain your HVAC, and it will represent an advantageous portion of operations.
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