Once you have invested in retail space, you are ready to get your business going. Depending on the property’s condition upon purchase, you may have anywhere from a lot of work to none at all with the electrical, plumbing, insulation, and HVAC system. Maximizing energy-efficiency in Chicago retail space is vital because it reduces expenses and often betters the space for both employees and customers.
Maintain the HVAC System
Condenser coils can collect a lot of debris in a short period of time, and not cleaning the debris leads to reduced energy-efficiency, which only makes your HVAC system work harder and with worse results.
Keeping the coils clean and remembering to change the HVAC filters on a regular basis are two essential responsibilities if you intend on keeping your HVAC system at optimal performance at all times.
Although it is easy to rely on your HVAC system to maintain a comfortable temperature, you should take advantage of fresh air in the daytime and in the summer as this reduces your business expenses.
Switch to Efficient Lighting
Making the switch to more efficient lighting will provide you with automatic benefits. For instance, CFL and LED lights are two examples of energy-efficient lighting choices, but you should also look into options like high-performance T8 lamps and high-pressure sodium lamps for other lighting necessities.
While your employees may do a good job of turning off lights when they are not needed, this is a responsibility that generally provides better results when in the hands of sensors. Getting sensors will allow natural light to be detected, and lights will either turn on or off depending on the lighting situation.
When you look at retail space to buy, you should inspect the HVAC system as it can be rather expensive to replace the entire system or have major repairs done to get it working properly.
Also, retail spaces that allow plenty of natural light to come in make it easier to reduce your lighting expenses because you will not need to rely on artificial lighting for the most of the day.
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