Improvements to your commercial building can have a positive impact on your business, organization, tenants, and the surrounding neighborhood. Improvement needs may vary, but on average, they can help increase energy efficiency, security, safety, and even capitalize on curb appeal.
Consider these three ways to improve your commercial building:
Invest in Energy Efficiency
If you haven’t switched LED lighting, now is the time. It offers not only a higher rate of energy efficiency, but it means less time wasted replacing burnt out bulbs. According to Energy.gov, “A good quality LED bulb can last 3 to 5 times longer than a CFL and 30 times longer than an incandescent bulb.”
Beyond lighting, there are multiple ways to invest in energy efficiency for your commercial building that can be eco-friendly and money-saving. These include but are not limited to:
Solar Panels. It’s never been a better time to consider solar energy as a way to reduce power costs while embracing a renewable energy source. Ohio has solar energy incentives that include tax credits and rebates. There may be federal programs as well offering additional incentives.
New HVAC. An old HVAC system does not allow proper airflow, which cuts efficiency and, in the long term, costs more money. An energy-efficient system also cools/heats better, offering a more comfortable environment.
Insulation Upgrades/Replacement. Too little insulation or insulation that has degraded can’t do its job. Insulation should act as a barrier to extreme outdoor temperatures. Under-insulated buildings will be drafty in winter and warm in summer. Improve the insulation for comfort and to help reduce energy bills.
Replace Old Windows, Doors, and Roofs. Older buildings in particular lose a large portion of their heating/cooling through old windows and doors. Replacing these items can significantly improve energy costs and will also increase the aesthetic. New windows and doors look fresh and inviting. An old roof that lacks proper underlayment can contribute to a range of costly problems and energy-efficiency issues.
Reinforce Security and Safety Features
Maintaining the security and safety features of your commercial building is a priority. Fire alarms and sprinkler systems must be in proper working condition with the building up to code. Hamilton County codes and inspection information can be found online at HamiltonCountyOhio.gov.
Adding a security system with cameras and proper locks typically is a solid start. Whether it’s a monitored security system or not, be sure to check with your insurance as there may be rate reductions available. Depending on the building, your business, and the neighborhood, it may be necessary to consider a gated entrance and/or security guards.
Maximize Curb Appeal
Curb appeal makes a difference. It affects how guests, visitors, and customers view your business. A building that looks run down and lacks curb appeal may actually cost you business. The best way to maximize curb appeal is to keep up with the landscaping. This includes managing weeds, clearing litter, and creating a fresh, welcoming exterior. Hire a professional landscaping service to maintain any greenspace and keep plants/flower beds looking great.
Keep the entrance well-lit, clean, and freshly decorated. Don’t forget to regularly schedule professional gutter and window cleaning. Dirty, grimy windows will detract from the curb appeal. Clean windows also make it easier to allow in natural light, which can boost employees’ moods.
Making improvements to your commercial building can take time. Let United Window Cleaning help. We handle gutter and window cleaning. Our professional teams will take care of the job, so you and your employees can focus on what you do best. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.