During the summer and winter months, businesses with commercial office or storage space can spend a substantial amount of money on heating or cooling the building. Luckily, there are several things that can be done that make a commercial HVAC unit more energy-efficient, which can save a company a substantial amount of money on heat and cooling bills. If your company owns or leases commercial property, use the following tips to cut the amount of money spent keeping your space at a comfortable temperature:
Schedule Regular Inspections
Commercial HVAC units are complicated pieces of machinery that must heat or cool very large spaces. One of the easiest ways to make sure that your commercial HVAC unit is running as efficiently as possible is by scheduling regular inspections and maintenance. Ideally, you should have inspections and tune-ups done during the spring months before the weather gets hot and in the fall before temperatures drop. Regular inspections and maintenance will help ensure that your commercial HVAC unit runs its best when you need it.
Change the Air Filters
Dirty air filters in a commercial HVAC unit can drastically decrease the unit's efficiency and require it to work harder and run longer in order to maintain the proper indoor temperature. In addition, dirty air filters can decrease indoor air quality. It is a good idea to keep several extra air filters on hand at all times and create a schedule to ensure that air filters are changed before they become dirty and clogged with dust and debris.
Install Programmable Thermostats
One way to save a large amount of money over the course of the year is by installing programmable thermostats in your commercial space. Doing so will help ensure that your HVAC unit is not continually heating or cooling your office or store outside of business hours while the building is empty. A programmable thermostat will allow you to set a certain temperature for business hours and a separate temperature for the hours the building is not being used.
Seal Heating and Cooling Ducts
Many people overlook the heating and cooling ducts in a commercial building, but if these are not properly sealed the warm or cold air created by your HVAC unit can seep out. It is a good idea to have a commercial HVAC contractor inspect the heating and cooling ducts for any possible leaks. If leaks are found, your commercial HVAC contractor can seal them tightly to keep your climate controlled air inside the building.
Contact a company like J. P. Griffin Inc. for more information and assistance.