Alpharetta's skilled HVAC contractors at Gagne's Heating and Air Conditioning discuss practical solutions for improved HVAC efficiency in commercial spaces
If you've read our article about how to lower your business's heating and cooling costs, then you know that the average commercial building wastes 30% of its energy each month. A good portion of this waste can come from energy loss and inefficiencies in the heating and cooling system. Luckily, there are many solutions to improving your system's efficiency, all while improving occupant comfort and extending the life of your HVAC equipment.
Here are four recommendations owners of commercial spaces can consider to help improve their commercial HVAC system's efficiency:
- Consider HVLS Fans: In large commercial spaces, including warehouses and places like airports and schools, HVAC systems may have a hard time keeping up with the demands of heating and cooling such large spaces. High velocity, low speed (HVLS) fans are large ceiling fans that operate at a low, constant velocity. They can help, for instance, keep cool air from settling on the floor, but at the same time prevent feelings of a windstorm for occupants. By helping to maintain the temperature at the same degree throughout a space, HVLS fans can help prevent your heating and air system from kicking on so frequently, as well as avoid those hated hot and cold pockets in the room.
- Consider Recommissioning: Many HVAC systems in commercial spaces are now highly engineered to a space and highly intelligent; they can have multiple sensors and zones to help achieve optimal temperatures in all parts of a commercial space. Overtime, however, these systems can start to "drift," so that the system may run more or occupant comfort levels may lessen. Recommissioning is the process of a knowledgeable HVAC contractor examining and fining tuning a commercial HVAC system so that it's working at optimal capacity and efficiency.
- Have Ductwork Sealed and Insulated: Particularly in older commercial buildings, leaks in the HVAC systems' ductwork can prove costly for owners. Leaky ductwork lets out air that you're paying to condition. Usually this air falls into unimproved spaces. When this air leaks out, your HVAC system must condition more air more frequently to achieve the desired temperature results in a space. Sealing and insulating is a relatively inexpensive energy upgrade that can significantly lower the amount your HVAC system has to run.
- Always Ensure Seasonal Maintenance: If you can do one thing for your commercial HVAC system, sign up for seasonal maintenance with an HVAC company that you trust. Seasonal or semi-annual maintenance of your system will help ensure that connections are secure, parts are lubricated, ductwork is functional, and systems are cooling and heating effectively. This kind of preventative care not only helps to ward off emergency breakdowns, but also ensures that your system is running as smoothly and efficiently as possible, lowering heating bills and ensuring the equipment reaches its lifetime potential.
Our expert HVAC technicians at Gagne Heating and Air Conditioning can help you find effective and energy efficient comfort solutions for your commercial space. If you're in the greater Atlanta area, including Alpharetta, Duluth, and Buckhead, contact us today to learn more about how we can help solve your commercial HVAC needs.