Most business owners know that commercial HVAC systems installed in their premises add heavily to their monthly overhead. However, for the purposes of employee comfort and having a productive work environment, there is no getting away from having all those heating and cooling systems around your place. However, there are ways and measures that you can take which will help cut down on the energy consumption by your HVAC systems. Here are a few things that you can do towards that goal.
First of all, never oversize your HVAC equipment. Have a HVAC professional check your cooling or heating requirements and advise you on proper sizing. If you want to go on your own, the ACCA Manual N is designed for HVAC systems at commercial facilities. Use that as a guide to ensure proper sizing of your equipment.
If you are buying light commercial HVAC units or room air conditioners, make sure to go for ENERGY STAR rated models. You may also want to check the differences in lifecycle costs between high-efficiency and standard-efficiency units. If the high-efficiency units come with less lifecycle costs, invest on them, even if it means paying a somewhat steep price upfront.
If you have garages or warehouses at your facility, consider using radiant heating in place of traditional HVAC units. Radiant heating does not heat the air but the objects and consumes less fuel in the process. You may also consider using radiant heat for waiting areas, patios and other exterior premises.
Another good idea is to use demand controlled ventilation system and economizers. Economizers attracts the fresh air from outside when the temperature outside is lower than that of the indoors. You may also consider using supplemental dehumidifiers which help to bring down the humidity level in the inside atmosphere and make for greater comfort, thereby reducing the load on your cooling system.
If your facility is located in colder climates, consider making good use of heat recovery methods. For example, heat generated by processes such as cooking, etc. can be captured and this can reduce cooling and heating costs of the facility.
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