Owning a large commercial space is a huge responsibility, especially when it is leased to a third party. Owners must assure the building, and it’s systems are in good working order, and that the space meets the tenant’s needs. Heating, or cooling, these large spaces efficiently is a challenge that many owners face. Here are a couple of building automation tips that explain how to lower energy bills, keep the temperature more moderate and encourage new tenants to lease from you.
Automated HVAC System
If employees, or managers, fail to turn off, or adjust air conditioning and heating systems, they’ll run continuously. If the building is unoccupied, they’re working for absolutely no reason. Not only is this a waste of money in terms of energy consumption, it’s also hard on the equipment and could result in the need to repair, or replace them sooner than normal. Automated systems can be programmed to shut themselves down when the space is not in use, and back on prior to the work day beginning. Not only does this eliminate the potential for human error, it also greatly reduces energy use, thus lowering energy bills.
While it’s difficult to find one temperature that pleases every person that works in, or enters, your building, there are some things you can do. For instance, an automated system will allow you to adjust the heat to an acceptable level before the building opens, and then, as the day goes on, the heat is adjusted automatically. The same holds true with air conditioning that may need to be adjusted during the hottest parts of the day when the sun heating the building and surrounding area. Rather than manually changing the temperature, an automated system can be programmed to alter the temperature in specific areas, at specific times to assure that the spaces are always the perfect temperature.
When it comes to cost savings, automated systems are a property owner, or manager’s, best friend. They assure that tenants are always comfortable, whether it’s hot, or cold outside, which means they are likely to stay. It also bodes well for property managers when trying to attract tenants in the future. Perhaps most importantly, automating a building’s HVAC system will reduce the energy consumption of the building, thus increasing the owner’s profit margin.