There are many different costs to consider when running a business — including several that are specific to summer in North Carolina when the heat cranks up. Keeping your office building, storefront, or other facility cool requires an investment. Here are some of the summer business costs you need to consider.
The most basic of summer business costs is the energy it takes to run your AC during business hours. It’s essential to keep your employees and customers comfortable, but it can add up fast. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce those bills without sacrificing comfort.
Don’t turn the thermostat down too low. To ensure things stay cool, many businesses crank the temperature down to arctic conditions, forcing the AC to run almost constantly. Setting your thermostat to 78 degrees should be enough to keep your facility comfortable without wasting energy.
If you use ceiling fans, you can save even more energy. The windchill factor makes the air feel a few degrees cooler against your skin than it actually is. This allows you to turn the thermostat up without sacrificing comfort.
HVAC Maintenance and Repairs
If your AC breaks down, you’ll have uncomfortable employees and unhappy customers. That’s why one of your most important summer business costs is keeping your system working properly.
Schedule your annual air conditioning maintenance visit to make sure it’s operating at peak efficiency. Change your air filters regularly to ensure proper airflow. Also, consider investing in a maintenance service contract so that if the system breaks down, your business will have top priority in receiving a technician to repair it.
Equipment and Installation
To maintain comfort and save energy, there will come a time to replace your current AC system, and this purchase will be your most important summer business investment. Be sure the system your HVAC professional provides has the Blue Energy Star label. This certifies that the system will save money and energy over similar models while maintaining the same overall performance level. This will reduce your summer business costs down the line, keeping your facilities cool and comfortable.
For help with all your heating and cooling needs, contact us at Jackson & Sons. We proudly serve homes and businesses in Eastern North Carolina.