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Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems occupy an important place in any commercial building. Actually, the cooling system alone takes up 15% of the electricity consumption of the building. A lot of energy is wasted on HVAC. If an organization can take steps to reduce this wastage, a lot of unnecessary expenditure can be avoided and sustainability can be improved.
Some of these steps are very simple and do not involve any expenses. The other more complex waste-reducing methods require some investment but yield greater returns. In this article, we will discuss some of these steps.
7 Tips To Save HVAC Energy
Here are 7 tips for business owners and managers to improve sustainability and reduce operating costs. A qualified technician may prove to be a great asset in implementing these tips:
- Change the HVAC filters regularly: Dirty filters restrict air flow, reduce the quality of indoor air, and raise the cost of maintenance of the HVAC systems. They should be checked regularly and changed within a month, or three months at the most. This can save up to 5-10 percent of wasted electricity costs.
- Install programmable thermostats: In commercial buildings it may be difficult to tailor the temperature settings to suit the varied needs of the workers and the customers. Programmable thermostats can be used to set the temperature of the building according to the season. There are 7 day models which are suitable for the daily changing schedules. The 5+2 models are appropriate for the businesses which work on 5 days and require less energy on the weekends.
- Regular HVAC Maintenance: Regular maintenance and servicing of commercial HVAC is very important to enhance the performance of the equipment, and to ensure that energy is not wasted. This can save up to 40% of the maintenance costs.
- Seal the cooling and heating ducts: Sealing the ducts with foil tape, Aerosol, or mastic, and wrapping them in insulation can improve efficiency by nearly 20%. The ducts in the unprotected areas of the building should be given special attention.
- Upgrade or replace HVAC equipment: When the HVAC equipment being used is very old and has exhausted its lifespan, it starts using excessive energy and requires servicing more often. It is advisable to replace a heat pump or air conditioner with another certified product, after 10 years. According to St. Louis HVAC experts, this can help reduce the electricity bills by 20% and improve sustainability. Similarly, furnaces and boilers which have been used for over 15 years should be replaced with certified products.
- Demand controlled ventilation is another significant way of improving energy efficiency. It involves fitting the existing rooftop HVAC equipment with the latest digital economizers or sensors which provide ventilation according to the needs by bringing in air when required.
- Seek the services of a qualified contractor to achieve optimum HVAC sustainability: A qualified St. Louis HVAC contractor can help in getting the maximum benefit from the replacement, upgrade or repair of a HVAC equipment.
St. Louis Commercial HVAC
With over 45 years experience in both small and large installations, Hely Heating & Air Conditioning is the company you can rely on to meet the specific needs of your commercial space. We are able to provide expert installation, maintenance, and repairs of any commercial roof top unit no matter how large and complicated.
Call us today at (636) 305-9555 or fill out our online contact form. A commercial building in St Louis cannot afford to leave their HVAC system in the hands of amateurs. You need a company that has decades of experience working on commercial roof top units.