As a business owner, you understand the importance of maintaining a pleasant indoor space for clients and employees. Proper temperature settings, adequate ventilation and good air quality create a safe, comfortable indoor environment for people and equipment. The cold winters in Greencastle, PA require months of heating for comfort. Because heating, ventilation and air conditioning account for approximately 35% of commercial energy use, you want to make sure your commercial HVAC system operates efficiently. There are ways to help your system be more energy-efficient without loss of comfort.
Schedule Regular Maintenance
Studies show that scheduled maintenance cuts energy usage between 5% and 40% depending on the type of system. In contrast, poorly maintained systems use up to 60% more energy.
During a maintenance session, technicians examine each component. Worn components work less efficiently and affect the efficiency of the entire system. Dirty filters, leaking ducts, improper control settings and airflow problems affect efficiency. Leaking ducts lose between 25% and 40% of conditioned air. Keeping systems tuned up saves energy and money.
Proper Installation and Sizing
According to Energy Star, approximately 25% of commercial rooftop units are oversized. Oversized units use more energy and cost more to run. They often do not adequately regulate humidity, an important factor in indoor comfort. Larger units require bigger ducts, which cost more to install and operate. If you are installing a new system, make sure the contractor uses industry standards, such as those recommended by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.
Use Automated Controls
The Department of Energy notes that using multispeed fans, automated controls and reducing load during non-peak hours can reduce energy usage by approximately 30%. Smart controls optimize system efficiency, reduce consumption in unoccupied areas and sense system faults that can lead to higher energy use. Proper use of smart thermostats can save between 5% and 10% on energy costs.
The technicians at Leckron’s Comfort Solutions have years of experience in installation, repair and maintenance of commercial HVAC systems. If you would like to save energy in your commercial establishment, we can help. We offer state-of-the-art equipment, including variable-speed systems and smart controls, that help save energy. We recommend practical tips for ways to reduce energy usage throughout your building.
Call Leckron’s Comfort Solutions for a winter maintenance checkup to save energy and improve comfort.