Energy Saving Tips To Improve HVAC Efficiency For Commercial Buildings
Thirty percent. According to the EPAs Energy Star program, that’s the amount of energy wasted each day in the average commercial building.
If you’ve never taken steps to increase the efficiency within your commercial building, there is a lot of room for improvement. In fact, it’s easy to reduce as much as 10 percent of your energy use with the simplest of things. Things like:
- Adjusting the temperature up a degree or two in the summer, down a degree or two in the winter
- Turning out lights when not in use
These things can make a significant impact on your utility bills each month, without costing you any extra to put the concepts into play.
Then when you’re ready to maximize your financial and energy savings, there are a few more things you can do.
Evaluate What You Have
Start by evaluating what you already have in place. One of our professional technicians can walk through your commercial location and help you determine the best measures for improvement. Start by identifying what equipment is underperforming, and which fixtures would give you the greatest improvement by replacing it with a higher efficiency alternative.
This can be approached in a number of ways. In some cases, retrofitting your existing system can help you optimize current operations. In some cases, you may need to upgrade with a properly sized system. In either case, repair and upgrades will reduce the amount of maintenance you need, and help you become more efficient with your energy use each month.
Focus on Air Distribution
It’s not just your system that may be in need of a change. It may be your delivery system as well. Ductwork can be a leading cause of hot and cool zones throughout a commercial property. As changes are made inside a building, walls put up and taken down as new tenants arrive, your delivery system may not keep up with new configurations. Upgrading and adjusting your fan system and the delivery system can make a huge change in the way airflow is directed.
Creating Load Reductions
As you improve your heating, cooling and electrical loads throughout your building, you’ll reduce the size and cost of equipment upgrades over time. Equipment becomes more efficient as technology changes. If you haven’t considered how today’s equipment can help you save in the long run, you may be surprised at how little it takes for big changes.