During the summer months, your air conditioner is a necessity for your business. Not only do you want to keep your customers comfortable whenever they visit your facility, you want to be sure that your employees are comfortable. Uncomfortable employees are less productive and ultimately less likely to stick with your business. That doesn’t mean, however, that you must pay a fortune in air conditioning. Follow these steps to ensure that your air conditioner is operating at peak efficiency.

Step one: Close those windows and doors

If the air conditioner is running, you don’t want the hot air outside to replace the cold air you’re creating indoors! Make sure that windows and doors stay closed when your air conditioner is operating. If you have a larger facility or know that you have a door that often sticks when it’s opened, go through and check to make sure that they’re closed. If employees want to open their windows on nice days, go ahead and turn the air conditioner off until they’re ready to close them again.

Step two: Look for gaps

Sure, windows and doors being open when the air conditioner is running is one of the biggest causes of energy lost during the heating and cooling process, but it’s not the only one! If you’re struggling to keep your air conditioner running effectively or your cooling costs are quickly rising, make sure that you’ve filled in any gaps throughout your facility. In many cases, a little caulk around the windows can make a big difference to your cooling costs!

Step three: Block out natural sunlight

In some cases, natural sunlight isn’t an advantage–and the middle of summer, when you’re struggling to keep your facility cool, is one of them. Use curtains, blinds, and other measures to help close off exterior light, preventing your facility from getting too warm. As a result, your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard!

Step four: Keep your air conditioner serviced

Did you schedule a service call for your air conditioner unit before the summer hit in full force? If not, there’s no time like the present! Keeping your air conditioner serviced will keep it running at peak efficiency and prevent you from ending up with costly repair bills at the worst possible moment–the middle of a massive heat wave, for example.

Step five: Take advantage of smart thermostats

Your business likely doesn’t operate 24/7–and your air conditioner shouldn’t be either. During the summer, it’s alright to let your building temperature get higher when there’s no one in it. Program your thermostat to let the temperature start rising at the end of the business day, when there’s no one in the building. It can kick on again in the morning and improve the temperature throughout the building before anyone arrives. You can also allow the temperature to increase over the weekend if your business isn’t in operation. Don’t have a smart thermostat? You can manually increase the temperature before you leave the office for the weekend or in the evening, then come in early enough to turn it back down before employees begin to arrive. You’ll be surprised by the energy savings offered by just a few degrees!

Keeping your air conditioner operating at peak efficiency is one of the biggest challenges of summer. By following these simple tips, however, you’ll find that it’s easier to keep your building cool and comfortable without increasing your energy costs beyond what you can handle.

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