Heating and cooling a business space is one of the most expensive costs that owners will endure over the lifetime of their business. In fact, a study by the US Department of Energy discovered that HVAC equipment accounted for 40% of total energy consumption for the commercial building industry. That accounts for a huge percentage of overall energy usage. With those numbers in mind, what can business owners do to drive efficiency into their HVAC plan and keeps costs down?
If you have an HVAC system already installed, then the obvious place to start is with your current system. The first thing you want to make sure of is that your HVAC is running as efficiently as possible. Contact an HVAC company and have them do a thorough inspection and make sure that your maintenance is up to date. After that you will want to make sure you have a clear and consistent HVAC policy and procedure manual prepared. The manual should include the ambient temperature that the thermostat should be set at, opening and closing procedures and temperatures, and a guide on checking all windows and doors for any leak potential.
Once you have had your system inspected and your plan is in place, you want to make sure that you have a solid program on your thermostat. Make sure that all the settings for business hours and after hours are included. For instance during the summer because of windows and sun coming in, the cooling temperature might run at peak during midday, but maybe you can raise the temperature during the morning and evening hours to cut costs. The same goes for the winter months, but in this case the sunlight might help your cause and give you an opportunity to lower the heat, and your bills, during the afternoon time.
Once all of this is in place you will want to monitor the cost and temperatures over a quarterly period. Write down the average temperature you have kept the building on a daily basis and look at your bill each month to see how much that has cost. Are there savings opportunities within that time frame? Keeping a log file and doing analysis every quarter will not only help you to save money, but give you a good idea of your HVAC operating expenses, which will tie in directly to your bottom line.
Sometimes the smallest changes can illicit the biggest savings, and when it comes to commercial HVAC systems, that is very true. You don’t have to rearrange your entire operation, you just need to make sure you are making the smartest choices that you can.
For a quote on your commercial HVAC services in Saint Louis, contact American Services today.