Given how cooling costs account for more than 40% of a building’s monthly electric bill, it makes practical and financial sense to follow HVAC best practices. These simple practices can reduce your building’s energy expernditures in the long term.
Common HVAC best practices include:
Follow a Preventive Maintenance Routine
Replacing filters and cleaning air ducts can aid in preserving indoor air quality and comfort, which in turn has an impact on employee productivity. Plus, having an HVAC contractor to routinely conduct preventive maintenance helps prevent costly breakdowns that can disrupt the operations of the building’s tenants and businesses.
Avoid Running Your HVAC System During Peak Hours
Running your HVAC system at 12 noon, when demand during the day increases the demand charge on your electricity bill. The demand charge indicates the maximum amount of electricity your building may need at any single point during the month. The demand charge mechanism ensures your building receives all the electricity it needs at all times, but it comes at a significant cost.
One way of reducing demand charge is to be more strategic about how you use your building’s HVAC system. For instance, you can run the HVAC systems earlier in the day when demand is lower to cool down the building and lessen the strain on your HVAC system.
Upgrade or Retrofit Your HVAC System
You can increase your HVAC system’s energy efficiency by retrofitting worn components. According to the Department of Energy, you can save up to 35% annually in energy costs if you improve your HVAC’s efficiency through retrofitting. To see if your HVAC system’s energy efficiency can still be improved, consult a technician from a local HVAC company.
Keep in mind that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to HVAC maintenance. Each building has its own unique needs, which is why it’s best to consult a professional HVAC contractor.
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