Northeast HVAC News Guest Column
Is your ventilation system
eating your profits?.
For far too many companies,
their ventilation system has just two settings: On and Off. And
if the "On" position is badly calibrated, or is designed badly,
you might as well be standing in front of an open window and
throw cash out into the street.
hurling cash at the general public may make you incredibly
popular in the short term (and be warned that you really
shouldn't throw coins due to the obvious health and safety
concerns), you'll soon become aware that the supply of ready
cash that you put aside for ventilation and/or throwing at
people will run out very quickly.
Unfortunately, working space ventilation if often a low priority
for many companies, and they tend not to address problems unless
something has gone wrong. A ventilation system that has running
costs well above budget is often ignored, despite the fact that
it might well be eating a sizeable hole in your profits.
Wasting energy is really, really easy. Saving it needn't be
If you genuinely have money to burn, all you've got to do is
leave a few lights on overnight, as well as all the computer
screens in your office, with the heating turned up full when
there's nobody to get the benefit.
On the other hand, if you haven't got some mad death wish and
would very much like to safeguard your job and those of the
people you employ, a simply energy management policy is what
you'll most certainly need.
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Obviously, you don't
want to be like somebody on a crash weight-loss diet, doing away
with every comfort in the dash to trim your energy bills. Plunging
workplaces into freezing cold wells of darkness is just as bad as
the problem you are trying to eliminate. Besides, cold staff in
gloomy workplaces are more likely to mutiny, and mutiny is messy.
There are easy steps to make in a decent energy policy. Movement
detecting light switches are an investment that pay for themselves
relatively quickly, as is a properly optimized air conditioning
system. However, the biggest way to save cash is through your own
If you look at a major company like McDonalds, they employ nearly
90,000 people in the UK, all of whom are trained in energy
efficiency. Not only are they taught ways of working that save on
energy bills, but they are also rewarded for coming up with ideas
that benefit the company.
Everybody's involved in saving energy bills in the corporate
environment. While managers concentrate on the large things – such
as the quietly efficient HVAC unit – staff can buy into the idea,
resulting in both loyalty and increased profits.
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