How Air Conditioning Problems Hurt Your Business

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No matter what industry you’re in, chronic air conditioning problems can hurt your business in more ways than you may realize. 

Here are 5 ways you lose money when your AC system is not working properly, and how you can uncover the source of the problem and fix it for good.

5 ways chronic air conditioning problems cost you 

1. Repair expenses tap your budget 

When your air conditioning system breaks down frequently, you never know when you’re going to get hit with an expensive repair bill. And when you add up everything you spend on air conditioning problems, it can take a big bite out of your budget. 

Those unexpected expenses may force you to put off other things you want to spend money on, like investments in growing your business. 

2. High energy usage reduces profits

If your air conditioning system is underperforming and struggling to meet the cooling needs of your facility, it runs longer and works harder in an effort to reach the set temperature. That uses much more electricity than an efficient and well-performing system does. 

So along with high repair costs, you’re probably noticing your electricity bills going up every month. That’s yet another unexpected expense that impacts your bottom line.

3. Lost customers reduce revenue

The negative impact of air conditioning problems is even worse if you serve customers within your facility. 

Food service, retail, healthcare and entertainment businesses lose customers when their spaces are uncomfortable. One bad experience can cause customers to choose your competitor that has better air conditioning. And that lost revenue can be devastating for your business, because you may never get those customers back.

4. Uncomfortable employees are less productive

Poorly performing AC often creates inconsistent conditions, where parts of the space are hot and humid and other areas are cold and drafty. 

When that happens, everybody is unhappy and workplace productivity takes it hit. Studies show that workers who are too hot or cold are distracted and make more mistakes.

A Cornell University study suggested that keeping the workplace comfortable can save employers as much as $2 per hour per worker. And that was in 2004… imagine how much you can save today.

5. Air conditioning problems drive away employees, too

It’s no secret that attracting and retaining talent is a critical issue for almost every business these days. 

Did you know that the top complaint from office workers is the workplace temperature? So if your AC is not up to snuff, you’re risking losing your valuable employees. When that happens, it doesn’t take long to hurt you financially.

How to solve your HVAC problems for good

Start by getting an inspection of your system from an experienced commercial HVAC company like Worthing Air. 

You may have been putting this off because you’re worried that you need a new air conditioning system. But many underperforming HVAC systems can be repaired or retrofitted to improve the comfort of your facility. Solutions may include:

  • Regular system maintenance, which can fix small issues that contribute to air conditioning problems.
  • Improving air distribution and ventilation, such as adding or rerouting ductwork or adding fans.
  • Adding small supplemental unit(s), like mini-splits, to improve comfort in problem areas.

Of course, it is possible that you may need a system replacement, especially if your AC is more than 10 years old and uses outdated refrigerants. However, there are federal tax breaks and rebates available that can significantly reduce your out-of-pocket cost for a new system.

Let’s make your air conditioning problem a thing of the past. 

Call Worthing Air today at 973-575-5276.


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