Businesses urged to get offices and premises winter-ready

With the dark nights approaching and temperatures set to plummet, now’s the time to make sure your office is prepared for the colder months.
That’s the message from Dilal Singh – based in Edinburgh – who is one of 15 dedicated Scottish Gas business engineers helping firms get ready for winter.Layout 1
“With temperatures set to drop soon, we’re encouraging businesses to prepare for winter now by doing some simple checks to make sure offices are cosy, warm and working properly,” says Singh.
Here are some of the tips he gives to office managers to help them prepare for winter:
  1. Bleed your radiators, if you have them: If your radiators have cold spots, this means there’s air in the system, so you will need to bleed them to get them working efficiently.
  • To do this, turn the central heating system off and then turn the radiator key until the air stops and water runs consistently. Once you have turned the system back on, the problem should be solved.
  • Bleeding your radiator may result in pressure dropping within your central heating system. If you have a pressure gauge, make sure your boiler is at the right pressure and top up as necessary.
  1. Block the breeze: Make sure all of your office’s windows and doors are sealed properly to stop warm air escaping. For those that don’t, fitting draught excluders, which you can buy from most DIY stores, is a quick and cheap way to cut down on your energy bills. You should also consider fitting automatic closures on external doors to keep the warm air in and cold air out.
  1. Love your boiler: Check to make sure that your boiler is working properly before winter sets in. The older your boiler, the more inefficient it will be. If you have a pressure gauge make sure the boiler is at the right pressure and top up as necessary.  Also consider your plan if things go wrong during the winter, which is when businesses tend to notice boiler problems. Taking out a cover plan such as a Scottish Gas Careplan could mean you can get your office back on its feet quicker.
  1. Be energy smart: Why not speak to your energy supplier about a smart meter, which enables you to see how much energy you are using, in pounds and pence? In turn this helps you to better understand your energy consumption and identify where you can make savings.
  1. Preserve your lighting systems: Your lighting systems will be running for longer each day during the winter months. All lightbulbs, whether incandescent or LED, have a lifespan and by using them more frequently, you should expect to replace them more frequently too. Consider encouraging staff to turn off lights, or invest in time switches and daylight sensors.
  1. Stay safe: It’s vital to have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted if your boiler or any gas appliances are near somewhere that is habitable, where people work or rest, or near a bedroom. Make sure you test it regularly.
Scottish Gas Business provides gas and electricity to more than 800,000 business supply points as well as boiler maintenance, energy efficiency and renewable energy technology.

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