Are you a business owner or manager interested in improving your environmental sustainability while reducing operating costs? Follow these six tips to conserve commercial HVAC energy consumption and reduce operating costs.
Heating and cooling systems are among the most notable sources of energy use for businesses. Space cooling alone accounts for 15% of the electricity used in commercial buildings on average. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), much of the energy and cost going into powering your HVAC is lost to waste for upwards of 30% for the average commercial building.
6 Steps to Conserve Commercial HVAC Energy
An important building block for greater sustainability in the business world is by reducing wasted central heating and cooling consumption. It’s also an effective way of substantially reducing operating costs. And, taking steps to improve sustainability requires little to no expense to you. Here are six steps that are incredibly simple to produce an excellent return on investment.
1. Replace HVAC Filters Regularly
Replacing a dirty filter is one of the simplest sustainability steps a business can take. You can reduce wasted energy by 5-10% by regularly changing the HVAC filter.
Dirty filters overwork your system by restricting the airflow. A decrease in airflow costs far more to use, leads to poor indoor air quality and results in more commercial HVAC maintenance issues. Change the filters monthly, or at the very least, quarterly. Ensure you stay on schedule by hiring a local HVAC repair professional to inspect and change filters.
2. Install Programmable Thermostats
Installing a programmable thermostat can save you hundreds of dollars a year. Set temperatures higher or lower depending on the season when indoor spaces aren’t in use.
3. Routine HVAC Maintenance
Being proactive about HVAC maintenance can reduce energy costs by up to 40%. Regular quality maintenance on all HVAC systems and equipment ensures that those systems and equipment are not wasting energy due to substandard, aging, or faulty performance.
4. Sealing Heating & Cooling Ducts
Improve your HVACs efficiency by approximately 20% by adequately sealing cooling and heating ducts.
5. Upgrade Your System
Sometimes, the best way to improve your sustainability and reduce energy costs comes through upgrading or replacing your existing HVAC equipment and systems. Units past their suggested lifespans lead to excessive energy consumption and maintenance costs.
Replace air conditioners or heat pumps older than ten years, and furnaces or boilers up to fifteen years old with ENERGY STAR-certified products. Installing ENERGY STAR-certified air conditioning systems can improve sustainability and reduce energy costs by up to 20%.
Do you have a rooftop HVAC unit? Consider retrofitting it with an advanced digital economizer controls and/or sensors that bring in ventilation air only when needed (aka demand-controlled ventilation).
6. Work with a Qualified HVAC Contractor
Work with a qualified HVAC contractor to get the most out of any HVAC repair, upgrade, or replacement. The contractor can perform regular checkups and advise you on when and how to perform maintenance.
Participating in a quality maintenance program, like the one offered by Advantage Air & Service, is among the most effective steps to ensure the long-term viability of an HVAC system. Call us today for a FREE consultation. 479.361.8647