Why a High-Performance HVAC System Could Help Your Commercial Property
Depending on the type of commercial property you own, you’ve probably thought quite a bit about the profit zones of the building. It might be its location. It might be its functionality. It might be the amenities. It might be its convenience.
Of course, it ultimately depends on purpose. That might mean keeping employees, tenants, renters, clients, or visitors safe and happy, and to do so within the pre-established budget you’ve designed for the property.
There are many things that go into this process, but few of them are as important as the building’s environment. It’s the first thing that anyone – from employees, to visitors – notice from the moment they walk through the front doors. If your HVAC system isn’t performing as well as it could, it won’t deliver the comfort most people demand.
To create the optimal HVAC system, it’s important to balance operation, environmental impact, comfort, and indoor air quality all at the same time. And because that’s difficult to do with old systems, more commercial property owners are turning to high performance HVAC systems.
What should you consider?
As a property manager, cost is probably at the top of your mindset at all times. You have to stay in budget, or pay the price down the road.
If you don’t have new equipment in the budget, it’s difficult to justify a purchase today no matter how much it will save. But it’s important to look at all aspects before you make your decision. Yes, a new high performance HVAC system may cost today, but it can save you on monthly utility bills for years into the future. And with high efficiency systems, you might be able to reduce the size of your current system down, meaning the upfront cost may be less too. That’s a win-win all the way around.
There is a growing movement today for all buildings to increase efficiency, and to have a net-zero energy goal. Even if you aren’t ready to go that far with your property, it might be worth considering a hybrid HVAC system. There are many ways to upgrade and help your overall HVAC system be more efficient without changing out all of your equipment. It can be less expensive in the short term, while providing you with ways to prove your efficiency for the long term. Working with a technician who knows your property can help you take control over your HVAC process and make suggestions that work for you.
Start With Design
Just like you plan for your commercial property to have decades of life, we think your HVAC system should be built with the same functionality in mind. We know you want optimal performance year after year, and that should include comfort, safety, and efficiency at the same time. Thoughtful planning means keeping all aspects of the design process in mind – designing, installing, commissioning, operating.
If you are ready to take control over how efficient your HVAC system is, and design and implement procedures that will help you save over time, start with an energy audit today to learn where even small tactics can have big results.