Preparing Offices for the Heat Starts in the Spring
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With the summer quickly approaching, there are several steps that could be taken already in the spring to boost the comfort level and efficiency of office buildings during the hottest months of the year, Icon Real Estate Management says.
Hungary's weather has moved towards extremes, with more and more dry, hot days in the summer months, when cooling the interiors of office buildings is essential. Facility management professionals should prepare for this period early by maintaining and monitoring technical equipment and building management systems. In addition, it is also a good time to revisit energy efficiency improvement plans.
"Already in the spring, our operations specialists are checking the air conditioning and cooling systems, the ventilation and air extraction systems, among others, in the buildings operated by Icon. During this time, they carry out planned inspections and maintenance inside and out, as well as necessary repairs, replacing worn or damaged components, from the window shutters, insulation, and shading to the sprinkler system," said Róbert Flück, Icon's operations director, who added, "These small, often invisible, but essential checks and repairs ensure the continued smooth and efficient operation of the property during the summer months."
"There are many ways to save costs and energy in an office building during the summer, but the most important is planning! Most of the advice from our experts does not require costly investments, but the awareness and attention of the building's occupants are essential, alongside preventive maintenance," emphasizes Flück.
"In order to ensure that tenants of Icon-operated properties enjoy optimal working conditions, our experts make suggestions for the optimal operation of cooling and ventilation systems, the use of shading systems, ventilation or the improvement of green spaces around the property, as well as the optimization of the use of electrical equipment in the building, i.e. the reduction of internal heat loads, based on the characteristics and possibilities of the property and the needs of the tenants. All of these measures can achieve measurable energy savings without even a small reduction in comfort levels," he adds.
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