Don’t cover your air vents
Your office may be scattered with Christmas decorations or even work you have left until the new year.. (it happens) but be very aware where these decorations are placed! Blocking air vents and influencing air flow will impede the HVAC systems efficiency. When air vents are covered, the system isn’t able to do its job in providing your environment with fresh warm air.
Blocking air flow will increase your energy bills too and enough unnecessary strain could result in a premature failure of the whole system. Be sure your vents are free from items to keep your environment warm and your energy bills low. You wouldn’t want to walk back into an office with broken HVAC systems!
Don’t cover your thermostat
Similarly to our first tip, covering the thermostat is a very bad idea. Holiday decorations look great, but don’t get too carried away by covering your thermostat. When your thermostat is covered, this makes it difficult for your thermostat to accurately gauge the temperature in your environment.
When your thermostat can’t accurately read your temperature, your heating system (boiler, heat pump etc) can’t do its job accurately either. This can lead to a chilly office and more money spent on heating than necessary. Have a little visual sacrifice by exposing your thermostat in exchange for comfort this holiday season!
Be very mindful of flammable items
If you’re the type of person or company that love to decorate the office, you’ll surely be using papers, fabrics, and other objects as part of your holiday backdrop. Be extremely cautious about where you place them! Make sure to keep these flammable objects away from any heat-generating appliances such as radiators or boilers. Avoid any fire hazards and rest easy this Christmas knowing your office will still be standing when you come back.
Check your outdoor unit
Don’t forget to check your outdoor unit this holiday season. Even though it is built to endure harsh weather conditions, it still needs correct care and maintenance to work properly. Take time to inspect your unit’s components for possible icing and clear out the debris that surrounds it. If you haven’t done so already, remove any autumn leaves surrounding the unit to ensure it can operate effectively. Cheap and easy solutions that can save you a lot of hassle!