Should you use your air conditioning in your office during the winter?
Posted on 29th November 2020 by Keith
As the temperatures start to drop and plans start to be made for the office Christmas party, many managers will be turning off their air conditioning systems. Whilst this may seem like the natural thing to do during the colder winter months, it actually makes more sense to keep them running. At FM Mechanical, we supply and install air conditioning in Sheffield, Barnsley, Hull, and Leeds all year round. Read on to find out why you should continue using your air conditioning in your office during the winter.
Better air quality
Office workers spend a lot of time indoors. In fact, they spend 75% of their waking hours sitting down at their desks. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that the air quality is good all year round. Air conditioning systems can produce fresh air and remove contaminants such as dust and pollen from the air using filters. Many people assume that air pollution only occurs outside. However, in reality, the air indoors can become polluted too. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), indoor air pollution can be up to five times great than outside.
Indoor air can become contaminated not just with dust, but with chemicals like formaldehyde and radon, as well as harmful substances used in office cleaning products. Some toxins can make their way into the air via new furniture, such as office chairs. Flame retardants chemicals can escape out of furniture, making their way into the air and making us sick. Chemicals can also find their way into the air from carpet cleaners, or even by painting the walls.
Better air quality not only improves workers’ health but leads to better productivity for the business too. Staff will be less likely to take time off with illness and will be more efficient during work hours. Therefore, it makes sense to keep on using your air conditioning unit in your office all year round, including winter.
Improved working conditions
Using your office air conditioning during winter can improve working conditions for your staff. Air quality in the winter tends to be worse than in spring and summer. Rising humidity levels and poor ventilation can cause the air to stagnate. Contaminants and pollutants flourish in these conditions, resulting in unhealthy working conditions for your staff.
The best air conditioning units have incredibly efficient filtration systems which remove toxins from the air, letting employees enjoy a healthier and more comfortable working environment. Why not get in touch today to learn about our market-leading air conditioning systems? We’re waiting to discuss your options with you.
Air Conditioning Servicing
Don’t underestimate the importance of maintaining your air conditioning system during the winter. Making sure it’s in optimal condition when the weather is colder means it will be ready to keep you cool when the temperatures rise in the spring and summer. Don’t assume that you don’t need to pay your unit any attention in winter.
Some maintenance tasks need to be carried out all year round. These include changing the filters and keeping exterior condensers free from any debris. In winter, it’s especially important to tackle seasonal debris. You can use a brush to clear leaves surrounding the unit’s exterior parts of the AC system. You can also clean off any dirt using a hose, before letting the unit dry. Cleaning your air-con unit regularly will help prevent it from becoming clogged up and breaking down on you when you need it most during the warmer months.
Winter maintenance is vital
Simple maintenance can help to prevent major problems down the line, reducing the likelihood of costly repair and replacement being required. Maintenance keeps your unit more efficient too, reducing energy bills during the winter months. If your air-con system still has poor energy efficiency despite regular maintenance, we recommend considering investing in a new unit for your office.
As well as saving you money by cutting your energy costs, an energy-efficient unit can reduce your carbon footprint. You can help save the world’s natural resources without surrendering the comfort of your office. To upgrade your air conditioning system to a more energy and cost-efficient model, contact us today. Our team have a fantastic knowledge of the products in our catalogue and we’d be happy to help you find a solution which meets your needs and budget.
At FM Mechanical, our experienced technicians are able to carry out air conditioning maintenance jobs of all sizes. Whether it’s a quick and simple filter replacement or you need major repair work carried out on your system, we can assist. We have a vast amount of knowledge, skill, and expertise, with many years spent working on portable and static air conditioning units from many of the world’s biggest brands.
Why choose FM Mechanical?
FM Mechanical has been serving commercial clients in Yorkshire and across the UK for over 30 years, making us one of the most experienced teams in the business. We install, service, and repair air conditioning in Sheffield, Barnsley, Leeds, Hull and beyond. So, if you need qualified engineers to work on your unit, look no further. We can work on systems from a wide range of leading manufacturers, carrying out work to the highest possible standards.
Don’t make the mistake of ignoring your air conditioning system during winter. This essential equipment is vital for improving air quality and working conditions all year round. What’s more, doing so may simply lead to problems arising that will be costly to fix further down the line.
If you require the services of a team of experienced air condition engineers, don’t hesitate to contact FM Mechanical. Call 0800 086 2519 to discuss your requirements. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.