16 Oct Make Your Commercial Premises Warm Enough As Chill Sets In
As the weeks begin to get colder, it is clear autumn is definitely setting in. So if you have not turned on the heating in your commercial premises, now could be the time to do so.
When do most homes turn the heating on?
When it comes to heating up a domestic property, most homeowners are beginning to think about turning up their thermostat.
Some heating experts say it is usual to use central heating when the average outdoor temperature is below 15C, which is typically before the middle of October.
However, others claim many households wait till the clocks fall forward before using their radiators to heat up the home.
This has particularly been the case over the last two years, due to the steep cost of energy bills, which has forced people to cut down on the amount of gas they use in their homes.
Although the energy price cap fell earlier this month to £1,834 per year for an average household, prices are still significantly higher than in previous years.
This is why British Gas says the majority of its customers will wait till the end of October before warming up their homes.
“However, this is weather dependent and generally boiler switch on occurs when the average minimum night temperature falls below nine degrees celsius for a prolonged period of time,” a spokesperson for British Gas told The Metro.
At this point, people give up trying to layer their clothes, use hot water bottles, and wrap up in several blankets, and head to their thermostat.
What about commercial properties?
When it comes to commercial properties, owners may have turned on the heating already, depending on the type of premises.
For instance, office units might be heated to make the working environment comfortable for members of staff.
As people are typically sitting at their desk for most of the day, they are not moving around and warming up, which means they will feel the cold more easily.
Therefore, it could make it difficult if employees are feeling so cold they struggle to type or are spending the day shivering.
Although it can be difficult to get everyone in the office to agree on the ideal temperature, UCL Energy Institute’s David Shipworth told the BBC the best ambience is between 22C and 24C.
At this temperature, productivity increases, error rates drop, and staff are not too hot and bothered.
Therefore, with October having an average temperature that is considerably below 22C, it is more than likely office buildings are already heated.
Leisure facilities, such as restaurants, hotels, sports centres, and pubs; healthcare premises like hospitals, GPs and nursing homes; and retail units might also have turned their heating on, as their goal is to keep customers, clients and end users warm and comfortable.
However, industrial commercial units, such as warehouses, garages, and factories, might not have their central heating on yet.
This could be because the temperature has only just dropped, so there has not been a need to warm up the building until recently. What’s more, they do not have any end users like customers or patients they need to keep happy.
Additionally, doors and windows are often open a lot in industrial premises, letting the cold air in anyway, and workers move around a lot, which helps to keep them warm.
How to get ready for the heating switch on
If a commercial premises has not turned on their central heating yet, now is the time to get ready for the switch on.
The first thing they could do is call out a commercial gas engineer to check their pipework and radiators are all in working order. There is nothing worse than turning on the heating on a freezing cold day to discover it is not functioning.
If they discover their radiators are not heating up properly, they could bleed them.
It is also advisable for commercial property owners to use energy-saving measures, such as adding furniture, lagging water pipes, and using draught excluders, so none of the heating is wasted.
Even though they have to turn the heating on to keep employees safe, it is a good idea to reduce the amount of heat that escapes from the building, so the temperature on the thermostat does not need to be set so high.