Whether you’re in the business of selling products to customers in your retail store or running a Shipping business from a warehouse, you’ve got to take care of the air conditioning and heating system in your facility. If you want to stay on top of your business, you need to make sure to keep an eye on your commercial HVAC system, because at the end of the day, it costs time and money when things go wrong with the existing equipment and system.
Knowing how efficient your commercial HVAC equipment is and ways to increase efficiency on existing units can result in saving a lot of money for your business. The efficiency of your commercial HVAC system is more important than you think. According to the US Energy Information Administration, on average, commercial HVAC systems account for 50%-65% of a building's energy usage. It’s important to know the cost savings associated with having an efficient commercial HVAC unit, such as the money you save on repairs, lower run times and overall better comfort for all individuals within the space.
Here are a few common situations which can explain why your commercial HVAC system isn’t producing the expected energy efficiency you hoped for.
Duct and insulation sealing
When commercial HVAC systems duct work is not properly insulated, this can lead to energy lost to unconditioned spaces, overheating and premature equipment failure. A properly insulated system has better air-tightness and will provide heat-insulating properties that won’t allow condensation to damage and deteriorate your equipment. Taking these factors into account give a good return on investment and decrease the system’s operating expense over time, along with promoting efficiency and saving on expenses. It is very important to ensure that your duct work is fully sealed tight, not allowing for any cold or hot air, depending on the season, to escape. If there is a leak in your duct and air is finding a way out, the system will have to work harder to make up for that lost air, causing efficiency to fall.
A properly maintained HVAC system in a commercial setting can keep the air clean and constantly moving along with helping to ensure the system is maintaining a consistent level of efficiency. Regular maintenance is recommended by the experts here at Service Experts, checking and cleaning vital areas such as a condenser coil and filters is a simple step we do that can easily increase the efficiency of your system. US energy has found that a dirty filter can contribute to over 30% in energy losses. A dirty coil, evaporator or condenser can add another 50% more in energy usage. Making it evident that regular maintenance is crucial for sustaining an efficient commercial HVAC system.
Replacing and upgrading to newer and more efficient equipment.
In most cases the lackluster energy efficiency of your commercial HVAC equipment can be attributed to age and the amount of usage. This can happen naturally with age or occur due to poor maintenance. If it comes down to replacing the whole system or certain aspects of the system, Service Experts are here to help guide you. We’ll recommend products that best fit your needs, keeping in mind the cost and other important variables most HVAC companies fail to account for when quoting prospective jobs.
There are many ways you can decrease the energy used by your HVAC system, thus save more money for your business. Here at service experts we understand that every system is different and there is no generic answer to how to increase efficiency of your commercial HVAC system. We recommend reaching out to us so we can offer you a personalized energy efficiency solution, tailored for your situation.
With that being said, here are some things you can expect to see in terms of energy usage following upgrades recommended by Service Experts intended to increase energy efficiency.
- Reduce energy costs.
- Save the environment, while decreasing your organization's carbon footprint.
- Improve indoor air quality, reduce the use of harmful chemicals and airborne contaminants.
- Lower your equipment’s downtime, repair cost and minimize your HVAC cost in the long run.
- Reduce the number of emergency calls it takes to solve a HVAC problem.