If your New Year’s resolution was to become more energy efficient, but you’re unsure how or where to start, don’t worry. There’s plenty of time to implement changes to reduce your energy consumption and monthly electricity bill.
The year’s first quarter is already drawing to a close, and it’s the perfect time to tweak your company budget. Review what worked and where there’s room for improvement to help make decisions related to future projects. It’s essential to consider your HVAC and energy consumption when going over company expenditures.
HVAC equipment must operate at optimal levels to comply with safety regulations and keep your building comfortable. However, following certain HVAC practices results in high-functioning heating and cooling equipment and increased energy preservation and money savings.
How much power does HVAC use? You may be surprised. For example, on average, a central air conditioning unit can use 3,000 watts per hour on warmer days. This figure varies depending on different factors. Every building is different, but even new buildings with fewer energy demands must have mindful owners and property managers who monitor operating costs. Everything from controlled temperatures to energy-efficient thermostat settings can make a difference in your monthly bill.
To be mindful of energy consumption, you may:
Building automated systems (BAS) are sophisticated yet practical ways to leverage energy efficiency. When you install a BAS in your commercial building, you can operate your in-house systems remotely. Using a centralized control interface with everything you need all in one place, you have a real-time view of your building’s functionalities.
If any issues arise, such as temperature irregularities, report them to your HVAC technician. They can immediately address the issue that otherwise would have gone unnoticed until much later.
BAS enables you to control your lighting, water, alarm, and HVAC system with the touch of a button on a user-friendly screen. Additionally, you may set timers and ideal temperatures, so there’s less manual manipulation that costs more money in the long run.
Investing in a preventative maintenance contract is a wise proactive measure that pays off later. Your heating and cooling system is an ongoing responsibility that needs proper care and attention to work properly. By getting timely maintenance and repairs, technicians nip problems in the bud sooner than later and eliminate them before they get out of control. Ongoing preventative maintenance ultimately extends your equipment’s service life so that it works like a well-oiled machine for years to come.
If your HVAC has been iffy for the past several months, it could signify that it’s time for an upgrade. Sporadically spending money on repairs lowers your energy-saving statistics. Plus, faulty heating and cooling appliances reduce your indoor air quality (IAQ). In addition to heating and cooling, your HVAC is also responsible for proper ventilation.
If your system cannot effectively filter germs, allergens, and other airborne contaminants, it can increase the spread of illness among employees and visitors. Instead of waiting until every component of your heating and cooling system fails, it’s best to start budgeting for a new system and schedule installation as soon as possible.
What are your building’s current HVAC needs? Whether your current system needs minor upgrades and retrofitting will do, or you’re starting fresh and you’d like a full-service experience starting with our proven plan and spec solutions, we’re eager to help.
Air Comfort is ready to help and ensure you achieve energy efficiency. Each of our solutions transforms your HVAC for the better, whether you need construction design/build, installation, or more. If your business is located in Chicago, don’t hesitate to give us a call today and schedule your appointment. We look forward to building a long-term partnership with you.
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