According to the U.S Energy Information Administration, about 30% of energy use of commercial buildings is contributed to heating and cooling. If you’re a business owner or manager you probably want to find ways to try and reduce that percentage. The good news is there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the amount of energy your HVAC system uses at little to no cost.
Reduce commercial HVAC costs with regular maintenance
Make sure your HVAC system is operating properly before you experience a costly emergency. By scheduling routine check-ups you can catch parts that need to be replaced before they break. This can help you save by not having to replace your entire unit unexpectedly later on. Having a qualified HVAC technician check your system ensures that you’re not wasting energy due to aging or faulty performance.
Regularly change your HVAC filters
Checking your filters on a quarterly basis can help you save both energy and money. Dirty air filters restrict airflow which means your HVAC system has to work harder which could lead to maintenance issues down the road. It can also result in poor air quality in your building. You should change your HVAC filters monthly to ensure better air quality and less energy waste.
Properly seal heating and cooling ducts
This one might seem like a no-brainer but making sure your ducts are properly sealed can help improve your HVAC efficiency by as much as 20%. Ducts can be sealed easily with foil tape or blown-in duct sealant. Focus on problem areas like underneath the building or in unheated/cooled storage spaces where areas are unprotected. If you think your HVAC has a leak have a certified technician examine the unit to find the source.
Install programmable thermostats
An easy way to save hundreds on your HVAC costs is by installing a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats come in a variety of models but most allow you to schedule your temperature in accordance with your business schedule. For example, if your business operates on the 5+2-day model you can schedule your temperature to coordinate for when your business is occupied. This way your office is comfortable during the work week, but you can save on energy when no one is there on the weekends.
Upgrade your HVAC system
Sometimes the only option to improve your system is to upgrade it. It is important to know the correct size unit you should be using in order to properly heat and cool your building. If your unit is too small it won’t efficiently cool your space and you will likely overwork it in the process. Have a certified technician quote you on the correct unit for your space. Also, if your unit is operating past its suggested lifespan than it can lead to costly maintenance repairs and energy costs. If you think your unit is reaching the end of its life have a technician come and check it out.
Following these guidelines along with regular maintenance and checkups can help keep your commercial unit running strong all year long and reduce your energy costs at the same time. Contact a Downs Heating and Air Conditioning professional for further information on your commercial heating and air conditioning needs.