Here are our top tips for heating and keeping your business warm when the temperature drops outside!
- Insulate, insulate, insulate! We go on about this because it just makes sense. Sufficiently insulation can save around 65% on heating and cooling costs. Ceiling, walls and under-floor are worth looking at and insulating wherever possible. If you’re not sure whether or not your draught proofing and insulation are sufficient you can get a detailed assessment done at a discounted rate through our carefully selected draught proofing and insulation supplier. Sign up here
- Seal draughts! Check for cracks and gaps around windows, doors, plumbing, heating units and ducted systems. It’s well worth filling those gaps or getting a professional to come in and do it for you. You can have a draught proofing audit down to help prioritise your actions, sign up here
- Use your thermostat. Set it to between 18°C and 20°C; every degree higher can increase your bill by up to 10%
- Use a timer. A timer can turn your heater on and off automatically, such as 20 minutes before you arrive at work
- Reverse your fan. Reversible ceiling fans are a great way to circulate warm air that’s built up near the ceiling, and only cost 1-2 cents an hour to run
- Maintain your heater. To ensure your heating is running efficiently and safely, it’s important to service it regularly
- Use your existing reverse cycle air conditioner as a heater – recent research shows that this could save you hundreds, compared to using gas central heating.
Hints and tips on ways to keep your business cool this summer!
Here are some top tips on keeping your building cool in the warmer months.
- Insulate, insulate, insulate! we can’t stress this enough. See point number one above – insulating will keep your building more comfortable year round
Care for your air-con. Make sure your air-conditioner isn’t working harder than it needs to, by cleaning the filter fortnightly during summer. If you are considering installing a new air conditioner this year we recommend going for a reverse cycle unit. You can read this study from 2015 to learn more about the efficiency of air conditioners for heating AND cooling. Don’t forget that if you have solar power in then you can get power from your roof for free when the sun is shining, which can certainly keep the costs of air conditioning (during the day) down a great deal. If you would like to get an obligation free quote for solar sign up here
Fans are your friend! If you do use air conditioning fans can help keep your air conditioning costs down by keeping you cooler for longer and helping to circulate the cool air
- Check that your draught proofing has survived winter – it’s just as important to keep the heat out in summer as it was to keep the heat in during winter!
- Shade the north and west side. This is particularly important for windows but if a wall is not insulated you can also get a lot of heat gain from walls. If external shading isn’t an option you can get reflective foil to put on the glass, to reflect the radiant light away from the window. This can reduce heat gain by around 40%. For more on windows check out this article from our archives! Deciduous trees and vines are also a great option, so that they can let their light in during winter months, when they lose their foliage
- Avoid heating your building with halogens. If you have halogen downlights they not only use a lot of electricity but they get really hot, which is not good when you’re trying to keep the building cool. Replace them with LEDs, which are much cooler and more cost effective. Sign up to hear from our LED lighting supplier here