Savings on commercial cooling and heating inevitably benefit a company’s bottom line. HVAC systems operating at optimum efficiency not only reduce recurrent energy expenses, they incur less wear and tear, need fewer repairs, and extend expected service life. Needless to say, consistent indoor temperature control is also a plus for employees and customers in your company.
Attainable commercial savings range from simple, common sense steps you can implement today to major investments for the future. Here are a few examples.
- Audit your energy use. Review monthly building operating costs over the past two years for unexplained increases in energy costs. An upward trend in monthly bills not due to the usual factors (such as seasonal changes or rising utility rates) may indicate HVAC components that no longer meet the manufacturer’s efficiency ratings. Repairs by a qualified HVAC contractor may be needed, or aging units may require replacement to enhance commercial savings.
- Keep up with upkeep. The most affordable HVAC malfunctions are the ones that never happen. Regular precision maintenance tune ups by a certified HVAC technician such as filter changes, lubrication, and other routine procedures keep operating costs low and help avert cooling and heating interruptions. Regular maintenance is also required by the warranty terms of many cooling and heating components.
- Maintain the building. The condition of the structure impacts HVAC performance and efficiency and, in turn, your commercial savings. Verify that building insulation meets the latest U.S. Department of Energy standards. Detect and repair structural defects that waste cooled and heated air. HVAC ductwork should also be inspected at intervals to identify issues like deterioration and air leakage.
- Upgrade now instead of later. If certain components are approaching the end of their predicted service life, consider installing newer models now rather than later. From day one, new HVAC components deliver more efficient technology and lower operating costs. Advancements like programmable thermostats, temperature zoning, variable-flow refrigerant systems, and monitoring technology that automatically informs designated personnel about potential issues all enhance HVAC system control and reliability, as well as reduce downtime.
For practical HVAC options to increase commercial savings, contact the professionals at Jackson & Sons.