Energy loss can occur in any building leading to an increase in costs for a business. There are many sources of energy loss in a building, two of which are the building envelope and the HVAC system. Regular inspections of these areas can uncover potential problems. Here’s what you need to know.
The building envelope acts as the only barrier between the indoor and the outdoor environment. The building envelope plays a significant role in determining how much energy is needed to maintain a comfortable indoor environment. Ensuring that the building envelope is secure and that any issues are resolved promptly is one of the key ways to avoid energy loss. Cracks in the exterior walls, deteriorating roof insulation and warped exterior windows and doors are some common building envelope issues that can lead to significant energy loss. Conduits and pipes can leave gaps that are uninsulated, facilitating energy loss.
Commercial HVAC Systems
The building’s HVAC system is the largest source of energy loss — and has the greatest potential for increasing its overall efficiency as well. Once the building envelope has been inspected and any issues addressed, the HVAC system should be the next source of attention. Faulty dampers, dirty coils and clogged filters are just a few of the HVAC components that can contribute to energy loss and increased utility costs.
The registers and ductwork should be inspected to ensure that they are properly sealed. Not only will doing so improve the entire system’s efficiency, the indoor air quality will increase as well. Even minor misalignments and adjustments in motorized components could mean that the HVAC system needs to work harder, increasing its energy usage. Corrosion and loose electrical connections can lead to overheating, so these connections need to be inspected.
While an inspection from a professional HVAC company will uncover issues, such as unchecked wear and tear, that could lead to energy loss, it might also indicate that the building’s system is outdated. In some cases, an ailing HVAC system can cost too much to repair over time in service calls and parts. An updated, higher-efficiency HVAC system has the potential to save a business significant money on its energy bills.
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