Commercial buildings typically use a significant amount of energy, especially when it comes to heating and cooling. Reducing the amount of energy your commercial building uses can save you a considerable amount of money over time. Putting the following tips into practice can lower your energy usage.
Conduct an Energy Audit
An energy audit is one of the most effective ways to determine how much energy your building uses and where you can cut back on energy usage. Energy audits help you identify areas in which your commercial building is using more energy than normal. For example, you might find that your HVAC system uses a higher amount of energy than you thought. You can then take steps to reduce energy usage from your heating and cooling equipment. Although we cannot conduct an energy audit of your building, one of our qualified team members can inspect and offer guidance on making your building’s HVAC system more efficient.
Change HVAC Filters
HVAC filters are designed to catch dust and other particles, which helps keep the air inside your building cleaner and healthier. These filters can become clogged therefore restricting airflow, which in turn puts a strain on the HVAC system and can reduce its efficiency. When your HVAC system has to run more often in order to heat and cool your building, this leads to more wear and tear on the equipment, as well as a higher amount of energy usage. Replacing dirty HVAC filters with clean ones on a regular basis helps reduce the energy your HVAC system uses and ensures that it can work efficiently.
Install Programmable Thermostats
Lowering the temperature on your building’s thermostats by a few degrees in winter and raising it by a few degrees in summer reduces your energy usage and utility bills. Programmable thermostats make it easy and convenient for you to do this without having to adjust temperature settings manually. You can program these thermostats to automatically raise or lower the temperature at certain times, such as during the night or over the weekend when your building is unoccupied. This can help you save a significant amount of money throughout the year on your heating and cooling bills while also ensuring that the indoor temperature in your building remains comfortable.
Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
Waiting until there is a noticeable problem with your HVAC system can mean that you end up using a lot of energy without realizing it. Regular HVAC maintenance helps prevent these problems from occurring. HVAC technicians check for potential problems that can affect how efficiently your heating and cooling system runs. If needed, technicians make repairs or take other steps to keep your HVAC system working properly, which keeps your energy usage down.
At R & D Mechanical Services, Inc., we can provide a survey of your building’s HVAC system as well as create a preventative maintenance agreement. Contact us today to learn more or to get started! Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog to stay up-to-date on commercial HVAC maintenance.