Small- to medium-sized business owners typically don’t have facility mangers, which is why it’s so important to think like one when you run your own business.
Workspaces come in all shapes, sizes, and conditions to house and facilitate the daily routines of the people who work for you. Depending on your business, your workspace may also host your customers and be a direct reflection of your brand.
The HVAC industry newsletter, The NEWS, features many informative videos on its YouTube channel demonstrating commercial HVAC repair and maintenance. These resources are excellent for informing business owners about their systems and to educate professional HVAC technicians.
However, you have a business to run and can’t be on the roof cleaning the con
denser and evaporator coils on your rooftop air conditioning unit. As the business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure your commercial facility runs consistently and efficiently.
This article provides a 3-step strategy for managing your commercial facility like a pro. The example used to illustrate this easy-to-implement approach focuses on improving the climate control in a restaurant.
It may sound odd, but many people jump to a solution without really looking at the problem.
Schedule at least 3 free estimates for any major project, and you get:
1. Different perspectives on the same goal
2. Professional evaluations and insights
3. An informed price range
Many homeowners in Massachusetts know about the free home-energy audits available through Mass Save®.
Mass Save® also offers business owners no-cost facility assessments to identify and prioritize ways to save energy and costs. Resources are available to help you:
- Update or retrofit equipment
- Control equipment for occupancy changes throughout the day
- Discover money-saving business solutions, discounts and rebates
- Improve employee productivity and interior comfort
Select facilities can get direct installation and up to 70% of the project paid for by sponsors of Mass Save®.
For our example: The restaurant needs more climate control in the kitchen and the dining area. Without a proper assessment, the owners could purchase a bigger window air conditioner to control the heat in the kitchen. Controlling this heat could cool down the dining area, but not necessarily.
Here’s the best way to save money in any business: invest time before you invest money.
There’s already been some time invested in scheduling the free estimates. I like to double check my notes before hiring any contractor to make sure they’re fully bonded and insured, with a long-standing reputation in the community.
Also, invest time researching what other services any potential contractor offers. For instance, if you’re getting major equipment or appliances installed, learn more about a contractor’s service plan.
Then, you have to decide if you want to invest for the short term or long term?
Buying the bigger window A/C for the kitchen may be a good short-term solution if the restaurant is moving to a new location in a few months.
The restaurateur in our example intends to stay in her current location for the long term. With the advice of a factory-authorized dealer, she decided to invest in a single heat pump capable of controlling the climate in the kitchen and dining area with two separate ductless mini-split air handlers.
Going with the long-term solution means you need to properly manage your investment in order to get the most return. As a business owner, you know this.
Too often, people try to cut corners to save money by skipping scheduled maintenance.
An air conditioner and furnace lose roughly 5% of their efficiency for every year they don’t receive routine service, according to most HVAC experts. Annual tune-ups and monthly air filter checks keep your equipment performing at its best for as long as possible.
In our example, the restaurateur found an HVAC contractor who offered a service plan that included 24-hour emergency service. By spending a little extra on an air filter, she was also able to eliminate bacteria, viruses, mold, pollen, pet dander, and more from the air, which gave her customers an enhanced dining experience.
By following the Assess, Invest & Maintain strategy, you can optimize your facility’s budget as well as your time. After all, you have a business to run!
You can always call on your extended family of dependable heating, cooling, and air quality experts at CPS Heating & Cooling.
Contact us anytime to set up a consultation or call us at 508-460-6691.