3 Years Later: How COVID-19 Affects Commercial AC Efficiency Today

Everyone knows that the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 had serious, life-altering ripple effects on every aspect of our lives. But did you know that COVID impacted your commercial property’s AC system?

As far-fetched as that sounds, the events of March 2020 and beyond have changed more than just human lives; albeit indirectly, they had a serious impact on the functionality of office, warehouse, and factory air conditioning systems. How could this be possible?

On today’s blog post, we plan to discuss the positive and negative effects the pandemic had on commercial AC efficiency. We’ll also walk you through how Beehive Heating & Air helps your company adapt to any major change, no matter the size.

The Good:

Heightened Emphasis on Safety & Sustainability

While 2020 and the years following it were full of drastic changes – most of which were negative – the pandemic had a surprising number of positive outcomes in the HVAC field.

Thanks both to public sentiment and changes to government regulations, many HVAC companies started offering additional air quality and safety features to their customers. These new offerings include more efficient ventilation systems, HEPA filters, and germ-killing UV-C technology, all of which help companies filter dust and bacteria more effectively. As a result, employees with allergies, asthma, respiratory problems, and compromised immune systems have access to safer and more comfortable work environments.

There has also been an increased focus on sustainability. Innovations such as reusable air filters, multi-zoned systems, and smart technology make it possible for businesses to significantly decrease their carbon footprints (and, of course, their energy bills!).

The Bad:

Effects of Building Occupancy on Indoor Temperature

During the past three years, thousands of companies have wavered between remote, hybrid, and fully in-person. Why does this matter? Because human bodies produce heat, and that heat affects the efficacy of your AC system.

To illustrate our point, let’s use an example. Picture an office building meant for a staff of twenty. That office building has an AC system designed to cool a building full of twenty people. However, if the owner switches all but five employees to full-time remote work, the AC system will turn itself on and off constantly, and it won’t run itself long enough to regulate the building’s humidity. This can make the office feel cold and uncomfortably sticky.

Alternatively, if the twenty-person office merges with another company and crams forty employees into the space, the AC will run constantly, fail to keep the temperature as cool as it needs to, and seriously increase your energy bill.

The Beehive:

How Beehive Helps You Maximize the Good & Mitigate the Bad

COVID-19 has changed all of our lives in many ways. Here at Beehive Heating & Air, we help our commercial customers adapt to every HVAC-related situation you can imagine. If your company wants to bring its AC system into the twenty-first century with the latest innovations, our team is here to help. We can consult you about your facility’s unique needs, walk you through multiple different options, and fit your property with a system that boosts indoor air quality while lowering your energy bill and carbon footprint.

Additionally, if your staff gets larger or smaller, we equip your building with the right size unit, install every component of it properly, and perform regular maintenance to ensure that it always meets your needs.

Want to learn more? Contact the team at Beehive Heating & Air today!

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