There is a lot to consider when it comes to office buildings. From the layout to the design and furniture, it’s important to get it right to attract potential renters or buyers. Not everyone considers heating appliances to be at the top of their priorities list, but it can often make or break a decision to buy or rent offices. In this short article, we’ll cover some things to consider when planning heating solutions for an office building.
Why the choice of heating matters
We know that office heating can be extremely hard to get right. Many office spaces are built with thin walls which don’t offer much insulation, and the ever-growing trend for open-plan offices means you may have an extremely large space to heat. If your office is attached to a warehouse the problem can be even worse, with cold air coming in every time you open the connecting door.
If you’re renting an office, you don’t want to spend a lot on a heating solution. There’s no point making permanent changes if you don’t plan on staying somewhere long-term. Likewise, if you have to make any modifications yourself it’s really important they’re simple ones that don’t take a lot of time and effort.
That’s why if you’re planning to attract renters, it’s important to consider that the heating solution is adapted to the space you have, so it’s not a deal-breaker.
Consider electric heating
Electric heating is simple to install and does not require to be connected to a central heating system, meaning the radiators can be installed practically anywhere.
But isn’t electric heating more expensive than gas you ask? While the price per unit is indeed higher for electricity than gas, there is much more to consider when estimating running costs. 100% of the energy is converted into which makes it more efficient than traditional central heating, and smart controls can help you set correct temperatures in different rooms, so there is no unnecessary over-heating.
They are also considerably more environmentally friendly than their traditional counterparts. They can easily work with additional sources of energy such as solar panels, and will reduce a business’ CO2 emissions – which can be an attractive proposition for a business trying to be more eco-friendly.
Don’t forget about details
Smaller details such as fitting the right type of valves can seem like it won’t do much, but this could be the difference between a well-heated space and wasting energy on heating. Thermostatic valves, for example, allow you to set different temperatures for each room and the radiators will adjust without you having to play around with the valve settings every time. If you have smaller offices and larger spaces, it’s worth considering if valves like these can help you stay in control of how you are heating up spaces, making it more efficient (and help save money too).
Getting the best deal for an office space
When buying radiators in bulk, turning to specialist retailers such as traderadiators.com will help you get the best prices possible while finding exactly what you need, be it a specific size or style. While many electric radiators have a modern style, you now even find cast iron electric ones that would fit perfectly in a retro-style building.
While heating can seem like an afterthought in office buildings, it doesn’t take much to realise what massive impact it can have on employees’ lives and productivity. We hope this will help you for your next building project or renovation.