Are you losing heat from your commercial property?
Last year, energy prices in the UK jumped 21% in five months, leaving many people at risk of fuel poverty. As a business owner, it doesn’t mean these price hikes have left you unscathed. What’s worse, the increase in energy prices is predicted to increase over the course of 2019. So how can you make sure your commercial property is equipped to deal with this?
How you lose money
You might not like it, but money is continually seeping out of your business, right under your nose. Heat loss in commercial properties is no joke, and in buildings where there is a lack of effective insulation, it can be damaging to your bottom line, even if you don’t realise it.
The most common sources of heat loss include:
∙ Transmission through walls, floors, and ceilings
∙ Air leaks and heat loss through cracks, holes, and gaps
∙ Air and heat loss via exhaust fans, chimneys, and flues
In a home, about 25% of heat loss occurs through the roof, 35% through gaps and the walls, and 10% through the floor. For commercial properties, the statistics are much harder to obtain due to the wide range of designs, ages, and materials used to build them. The variety of materials also make the problems of heat loss harder to treat.
How do you stop heat leaking out of your commercial building? In houses, we often suggest insulation, however, in commercial buildings, insulation can increase the time you will need to spend with the air conditioning on in warmer temperatures. Ultimately, this defeats the purpose of insulating your building. The cost savings made from energy conservation through a reduction in heat loss will be replaced by energy expenditure on air conditioning.
What we recommend is getting someone to carry out an energy audit on your building. This will reveal the hidden sources of heat loss and allow you to come up with creative solutions for individual problems. You should also seal the building’s envelope, take care of the ductwork, and install door closers to start making a difference.
In the long run, these measures will help you reduce heat loss which will lower your business energy consumption. You’ll pay less to stay warm which will be invaluable over the coming months.
If you’re having trouble with your heating, don’t be afraid to get in touch with us. GOS Heating is an experienced and professional heating and plumbing company with the expertise needed to advise you on the next best steps. All you need to do is call us on 01772 734 966.