HVAC equipment can account for 40 percent of electricity usage in commercial buildings, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. A lot of that comes during the sweltering summer months, but you don’t have to break the bank to ensure that the temperature of your business remains comfortable in the heat. We can help you upgrade your system and keep cool with improved HVAC efficiency measures that can also save you money.
An HVAC system is no longer something you can set and forget; increased control is the first step to improved efficiency. Here are some of the best features to improve the control you have over your system:
- A programmable thermostat with setback controls to automate the heating and cooling process, allowing you to save on energy by regulating temperatures at different times (for example, rolling back usage at night).
- Demand-controlled ventilation to manage where in the facility your HVAC is operating at peak strength—lower occupancy leads to lower demand.
- A variable frequency drive (VFD) to manage the speed of motors throughout your system to match load requirements, so you aren’t wasting energy where it isn’t required. You can implement a VFD for fan and pump balancing, network monitoring of equipment, and capacity modulation for multiple motors.
- Heat pumps that move heat from a cool space to a warm space, to more efficiently cool the warm area.
If you already have integrated controls and your HVAC isn’t operating as efficiently as you would like, you may need a tune-up to bring your system back to optimal performance. These measures include removing faulty electrical connections, cleaning condenser coils, insulating pipes, and implementing boiler reset controls. Additionally, we can seal your facility’s envelope (walls, windows and doors); if these areas aren’t completely sealed, it puts a higher strain on your HVAC unit.