What Pumpkin Coffee Really MeansPosted: September 6, 2013
The seasons are changing, and everyone is trading their bathing suits and beach towels for pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider. Temperatures are going to drop, and the days are going to get longer. Whether you’re a big car dealership or a small private school, the changing of the seasons matters.
In our office, when it’s hot outside, there is a silent battle over control of the thermostat. Some employees prefer the 73-75 degree range, while others enjoy temperatures as low as 68 degrees. Whoever can make it to the thermostat first determines the climate of the office for the day. We are lucky enough now to simply open the windows and bask in the slight breeze that autumn brings. But once winter comes, another battle is lurking around the corner.
An uncomfortable chill can lead to unhappy employees, clients, or students. And if you’re like us, your thermostat is going to be working hard this winter. The problem is, if you work in an old building, you could be losing a good amount of heat that is being blown in. Old windows might not be energy efficient. Old insulation could have water damage, infestations, dust, or become tattered through the years. So any heat you are using, just like the money you are spending, is slipping out through the cracks.
Building or renovating a building promises the newest, most energy efficient products.
In a school, this means less money on HVAC, more money for additions, sportsfields, supplies, events, and all sorts of things that benefit the children and staff. When teachers enjoy their surroundings, employee retention is high and children’s success rates are high. For a car dealer in a new or renovated facility, customers like the fresh, clean look of the building. They are naturally attracted to new things. The added benefit of warmth allows them to take off their jackets and stay a while. When they feel comfortable, there is a much better chance to make a sale.
It may be too late to start renovating now, but there are ways to winterize your building.
- Service your heaters at least twice a year, and make sure you also replace your filters. Doing this prevents possible issues later on, and can keep your energy bills low.
- Caulk around pipes where they enter the building. Even the smallest crack can send hot air out and let cold air in.
- If outside temperatures drop extremely low, turn on all interior water faucets to at least a low trickle. This will keep the faucet and pipes from freezing.
- Clean gutters and downspouts to insure proper drainage. Build-up from snow and ice is very possible, which could lead to roof leaks, water damage, and possible collapse conditions.
We know that you want everyone to be happy when they are at work. Happy employees and clients = productive employees and paying clients. If you’re not sure if your school or office has the proper winter coverage to keep everyone warm, let us know. From ground-up buildings to renovations, REDCOM takes care of everything. That way, you’re not fighting a losing battle against an old building. You’re just battling your co-workers to the thermostat.