If you own your own office building or other commercial space, you are obviously responsible for all utilities and HVAC systems inside. If you want to keep your employees cool during the summer, a good commercial air conditioning system is key, but it's understandable if you are concerned about the higher electric bill that an always-on air conditioner will bring. To that end, here are some tips that might help you save some cash this summer while still keeping your employees comfortable.

You Can Install Multiple Programmable Thermostats

If your building has multiple floors, it's possible you don't need it to be the same temperature on every single one. For example, if you only keep employees on one floor and keep inventory on another, the inventory space is not as critical when it comes to cooling unless there are temperature-sensitive products involved. It's possible to get a company that offers commercial AC services to install multiple programmable thermostats that can adjust the temperature throughout the building. This way, you only have to use extra energy in the places where you really need it.

Don't Block the Vents or Condensing Units

It's a pretty common problem in expansive office buildings filled with people and equipment for the HVAC vents or AC condensing units to become blocked or obstructed in some way. Take a walk through your entire property before the start of the summer and make sure there isn't any office equipment or inventory that is blocking the air flow. If the airflow has been accidentally blocked in some areas, you have been forcing your commercial AC to work harder than it should have to to keep the building at the desired temperature.

Regular Maintenance is Key

Regular maintenance on your HVAC or cooling system is a good idea even for most residences, but it's especially a good idea for a commercial building. A good commercial AC specialist will be able to check all parts of the AC units and also inspect areas like the ducts throughout the building to ensure maximum efficiency. 

You can keep yourself and your employees cool this summer without causing your energy bill to skyrocket. If you haven't yet installed programmable thermostats throughout your property, get on top of this oversight today. Other best practices include making sure all vents are free and clear of obstructions as well as scheduling regular annual maintenance with a trusted commercial AC contractor.