Modern problems call for modern solutions. After you have had your office space renovated, there might still be problems lurking under the surface. That is why it is so important to reconfigure your commercial HVAC system after any significant building changes take place. Even if you are only operating with a few employees in-house, they will be thankful for your foresight. Your modernized office space isn’t complete until the HVAC is upgraded. Let’s find out how to navigate this often complex process.
Consider Downsizing Your Current Open Floor Plan
One surprising way to make your HVAC system work better is to downsize. Although this sounds like counterproductive advice, reducing the amount of energy your HVAC unit consumes will increase your energy efficiency and decrease your utility bills. Likewise, replace the insulation for walls, windows, and floors when the insulator materials wear out. Finding ways to bring in more natural light also helps boost employee morale and comfort. This alteration is especially important in the winter months when there is less sunlight. However, as spring and summer approach, do your best to address solar gain head-on before it can become a problem.
Confirm That the System Size is Suitable
Another suggestion we have for you is to assess the size of your building. How much square footage do you have? That measurement will help you verify that the system size matches your office space. Oversized units are just as problematic as undersized ones. Computer simulation software can calculate how much heating and cooling you need. That said, your internal design team must interface with HVAC professionals who can take all relevant factors into account for you.
Establish Independently Controlled Zones
HVAC system redesigns might not be a line item in your quarterly budget. Even so, freeing up money for upgrades, retrofits, and refrigeration swaps should not be dismissed as too expensive. By establishing independently controlled zones within your open-plan office space, different areas will have the atmosphere they need to maximize occupant comfort. Perimeter offices (i.e. spaces that look out onto neighboring buildings or the street below) will have different airflow needs than interior conference rooms that do not feature windows at all. Along those same lines, computer server farms will need extra-careful moisture control measures to protect vital technological assets.
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