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Energy Saving Technologies in Commercial HVAC Systems

Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats are extremely effective at maintaining an appropriate temperature and saving energy in the process. Thermostats can be programmed to lower or raise the heat or air conditioning when no one is in the building and then adjust to a more comfortable temperature before people arrive. By using smart technology, some systems can even adjust the temperature according to whether or not anyone is in the building.

Regularly Scheduled Preventative Maintenance

Probably one of the most effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of your commercial HVAC system is regularly scheduled preventative maintenance. Having a trained technician perform regular maintenance checks will save you both time and money in the long run. These regular checks will ensure that your unit is functioning aptly and will also identify potential wear and tear that could eventually affect how well it functions. It’s much easier to catch minor issues and repair them than be forced to shut down your entire operation while the unit is being repaired or replaced.

Correct Issues In A Timely Fashion

In most cases, wear and tear are normally noticed during a routine maintenance check. When these small issues begin to present themselves, make the repairs as soon as possible. A simple fix performed within a few days of being discovered will prevent a major repair later on. Most small repairs that are made as soon as the issue is found are also much cheaper to perform. Even waiting for a short period of time can cause a dramatic increase in the cost of the parts and the repairs.

Properly Sealed Ductwork

Properly sealed ductwork will allow the commercial HVAC system to work more adequately. Technological advances allow for the measurement of airflow throughout HVAC systems that can indicate whether or not your ductwork may be leaking. Even a small leak can lead to extensive energy loss if left ignored. During regular maintenance checks, ask the technician to check the ductwork throughout the building to ensure it is in good working order. If it’s needed, schedule a time to have the entire duct system thoroughly cleaned.

Perform An Energy Audit

HVAC technicians can perform energy audits that identify areas where energy is either being lost or wasted. Energy audits can help you determine what type of savings you may experience if you replace an out-of-date piece of equipment with a newer, more energy-efficient model. With today’s technology, commercial HVAC systems are more efficient than ever and can literally pay for themselves through energy savings over their lifetime.
Some HVAC companies will perform energy audits for free. You can also call your local utility company. Both can perform the audit and will give you helpful information on how to improve your energy usage but be cautious about making major changes to your system quickly.  

If you want to learn more about how energy-efficient technology can help improve your bottom line, call your local HVAC contractor and request an energy audit. Write down a list of questions and ask if there are any steps you can take to improve your HVAC system’s overall energy efficiency. Your commercial HVAC system is a major part of your business. It keeps you comfortable and provides a productive work environment. Using the technology that is available to make sure it remains in good working order will be most beneficial to your business in the long run.

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