With 2021 just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s resolutions. As a business owner, it’s important to start thinking about your business’ New Year’s resolutions too; what can you do next year to improve your business? Are there resolutions you can make to save some money? What areas of the business need to be improved?
While you likely have plenty of resolutions on your list for improving the efficiency of your business, there’s a few others we think you should add. As winter draws in and the need for boiler repairs and replacements becomes more common in businesses and homes, we think it’s the perfect time to start thinking up New Year’s resolutions for your commercial boiler and heating system.
Not only are boiler breakdowns and repairs expensive, but they can lead to business downtime too. With the correct maintenance all year round, you could extend the lifespan of your commercial boiler, reduce the need for repairs and ensure you’re never left without heating or hot water.
Read on for our top five commercial boiler resolutions you need to make next year.
Schedule in an annual service
Perhaps the most important and effective resolution you can make regarding your boiler is an annual service. The importance of a regular boiler service cannot be understated and it’s never something you should skip or overlook. Your commercial boiler is the beating heart of your building; without it, you’d have no heating or hot water and therefore it’s important to keep on top of boiler maintenance.
During a service, professional heating engineers will inspect your boiler for any signs of damage and make sure it’s in top working order. A professional can detect any small issues with your boiler before they become a bigger problem, ensuring all small problems are caught and repaired early.
Bleed the office radiators
Another resolution to add to your list is bleeding the radiators. This is something that often gets overlooked or forgotten about in the workplace, but it’s important to keep on top of it. If your radiators aren’t working efficiently, you could be wasting a lot of money on heating bills. When your radiators don’t work properly, your heating system has to work even harder to heat up your building, which can cause your heating bills to spike even though you may not notice your building being warmer.
Take the time every now and then to check your radiators and make sure they’re working properly. Tell-tale signs that your radiator needs bleeding include gurgling noises, a radiator that takes a long time to heat up or radiators that feel warm at the bottom yet cold at the top.
Bleeding your workplace radiators is something you can easily do yourself. Using a radiator bleeding key, turn each radiator valve to slowly release any trapped air. You should hear a hissing sound; when this stops, close the valve again. Remember to have a cloth handy to clear up any spills and always make sure the heating system is completely off before you bleed a radiator.
Install and adjust a thermostat
If you haven’t already got a thermostat installed in your building, 2021 is the time to do it. As a business, reducing your energy consumption is not only important to save you money, but it’s good for the environment too – and therefore monitoring how much heating you use is key.
Installing a thermostat is an easy way to monitor the temperature of each room in your building and make sure you’re not wasting any energy on heating. For example, if you have a big meeting in your conference room yet there’s no one in any of your offices, you can adjust the thermostat to heat your conference room only.
If you already have a thermostat installed, try lowering it by just a couple of degrees. Even lowering it by one degree can make a huge difference to your energy bills, but will ensure your office is kept warm and at a comfortable temperature. Make 2021 the year of energy efficiency for your business by aiming to lower your energy consumption and making sure you’re not wasting any unnecessary heat.
Change the filters on your HVAC unit
If you have a HVAC system, one of your top resolutions should be maintenance. To extend the lifespan of your HVAC system and ensure it’s always in top working order, it’s important you keep on top of maintenance – and one of the most important maintenance tasks you can do is change the filters regularly.
Generally, your HVAC filter should be changed roughly every three months at the minimum. Changing it more regularly may be more suitable if you have an office full of employees or there are pets in the office. It’s important to change the filter regularly in order to keep the air clean (which is now more important than ever before) and to ensure your HVAC unit continues to run smoothly and efficiently.
Keeping the air clear and clean is important for your employees’ health; over time, the filter can become clogged with dust and harmful particles. If air can’t flow freely through, you could be circulating harmful bacteria around your office and putting your staff at risk.
Leave it to the heating engineers
The final resolution to add your list is simple: leave it to the professionals. While there are certain maintenance tasks you can easily carry out yourself, such as bleeding your radiators and changing the filters on your HVAC unit, there are other things you should leave to the professionals too. In addition to a boiler service, make it your resolution to keep a reliable, experienced professional on hand for any issues you may have. The sooner a boiler issue is detected, the faster it can be fixed and the more money you can save, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with the experts as soon as you suspect a problem.
Whether it’s a small boiler leak or you’ve noticed a slight rise in your energy bills, don’t overlook the small problems. Taking action early and calling a professional in to inspect your commercial building can save you lots of money down the line and ensure your workplace is a safer, more comfortable working environment. Plus, the last thing you want is for your boiler to break down on you when you need it the most!
Let Mitchell’s help you keep your commercial boiler resolutions
The experienced and reliable team of heating engineers at Mitchell’s are on hand to help you keep your heating system in check. We understand how important it is to keep on top of boiler maintenance and we understand that, as a business owner, you may not have the time to keep on top of everything yourself. That’s where our experts come in.
Our heating engineers are highly qualified experts, equipped with the skills, knowledge and qualifications to work on a wide range of heating systems and commercial boilers. Whether you suspect there’s a problem with your boiler or you want to book in a boiler service, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We can help you keep your commercial building in check and make sure your heating system is always in top working order for the years ahead.
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