When winter cracks down, your commercial boiler goes into overdrive. If you haven’t serviced your commercial boiler yet, it’s vital to do so. Here are some reasons why commercial boiler servicing needs to move from your ‘to do’ list to your ‘urgent’ list.
Protect Your Staff from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Of all the potential health and safety ramifications that arise from leaving your commercial boiler unserviced, the most deadly is carbon monoxide poisoning. If your boiler’s flue isn’t ventilated properly, this invisible, odourless, deadly gas can kill or leave people permanently disabled. More worryingly, it can take several days before people know they’re sick. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, nausea, fatigue, impaired judgment, and confusion, making it easy to write them off as the onset of flu. Given that carbon monoxide poisoning kills one Briton every day, ensuring your boiler is serviced before winter could potentially save your business and someone’s life.
Reduce Your Overheads
It’s tough enough to run a business without wasting unnecessary money on energy bills. A serviced boiler is an optimised boiler, and the resulting savings transfer straight to your bottom line. Your green credentials will look healthier as well.
Avoid the Cost of Replacement
With any business expense, you want to get the most for your money. Annual boiler servicing will mean your boiler lasts longer. Given that your business could grind to a halt while you’re replacing your boiler, a small repair bill now beats the small fortune you could lose through negligence.
Ensure its Operating at the Correct Temperature
This isn’t just a matter of a warmer business, it’s a matter of life or death. The legionella bacteria thrives in large buildings with complex water systems, and survives in water between 20°C and 60°C. All it takes for your workers to develop Legionnaires’ disease is for them to breathe in contaminated water droplets. While most people recover from the disease, it can cause lung or kidney dysfunction in some people, and be lethal in those with latent health issues. To complicate matters, the disease manifests over time, and presents with symptoms similar to a nasty flu or allergic reaction. Getting your boiler properly serviced will ensure it’s running at temperatures that infectious bacteria can’t survive in.
Just as you would get your vehicle fleet checked, you should get your boiler serviced every year. Your business is risking too much if you don’t.