Heating and Ventilation Efficiency for Businesses

 

Heating and ventilation efficiency tips for your business:

  • During the winter, set the thermostat in your workspace to 20 degrees Celsius during work hours and lower the temperature when the space is unoccupied. For every degree you lower during an eight hour period, you can save up to two per cent on your heating costs.
  • Install a programmable thermostat to regulate the temperature during and after work hours.
  • Consider a locking cover over the thermostat to prevent tampering.
  • Keep your exterior and freight doors closed as much as possible, to retain heat inside the building.
  • Open the window blinds and remove solar screens, blinds or awnings on south- and west-facing windows to help increase heat gain during the winter. Replace the solar screens in the summer.
  • Add an insulation blanket to your electric water heater if it is located in an unheated space.
  • At a minimum, insulate the first metre of exposed pipes coming from the water heater.
  • Doors and windows are the largest source of heat loss in a building.
  • Reduce heat loss by sealing any cracks within walls and weather stripping all doors and windows.

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