Getting the Most Out Of Your HVAC System

Consider this:

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, space cooling alone accounts for 14% of the electricity used in commercial buildings. In addition, up to 30% of the energy and costs that are needed for powering an HVAC system is lost to waste.

But, what if you could lower you energy bill by 5% – possibly more – just by making some simple changes? As a business owner, chances are, you would love to find ways to minimize your energy costs and thus reduce your bottom line. At MJC, we want your commercial HVAC system to work at its peak performance all year long. To help that happen, here are some tips for getting the most out of your HVAC system.

·         With summer right around the corner, consider keeping the thermostat at a higher level. Or turn off the cooling system on days when your workspace is not in use.

·         Don’t let small repairs or concerns exist and be ignored. Small problems can turn into large costly ones if left to wait.

·         Take a few minutes each month to inspect the heating and cooling ducts for leaks.

·         Do you have an older system (i.e. one that is more than 10 years old)? Consider upgrading to a newer more energy efficient model. A newer system will also require less work. In the event that there is a problem, it will be easier to get parts, and quite often, the system’s warranty will be applicable.

·         See that the condenser coils are cleaned regularly to super mario help prevent long-term damage and air loss. This prevents the degradation of your system and can save you as much as 30% over 20 years.

·         Take a power washer to your rooftop units to clean them out, so that dirt and build up won’t affect efficiency.

·         Be sure to change the filters often, as suggested by the manufacturer. Use the higher quality filters, as these will save you on maintenance and replacement costs down the road. After all, the more dirt you trap in the filter the less will clog up your ductwork. The changing of the filters alone, can save you as much as  5 to 10%

·         Get a programmable thermostat, rather allowing each space to control the temperature. (This can not only save money, but reduce headaches caused by bickering over the temp!)

·         Be sure that the ducts are all properly sealed so that no air can escape. This can be done using mastic, foil tape, or blown-in duct sealant.

·         Schedule regular HVAC maintenance checkups, so that little issues can be corrected before they become a big problem.

Your energy bill for your commercial property doesn’t have to be one of your biggest expenses every month. There are a number of things that can be done to help your HVAC system not only work more effectively, but also more efficiently. Don’t wait to make changes. Start now. If you have any questions regarding your specific HVAC system, or would like to schedule an inspection give our office a call or schedule an appointment today.

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