If you are looking for ways to improve the efficiency of commercial heating and cooling systems, consider incorporating new control strategies to ensure systems are engaged operationally only when necessary. Effective common control strategies include programmable thermostats, multiple zone breakdowns and CO2 demand sensors. These strategies can be specified on new heating and cooling systems and retrofitted to older systems as well.
Programmable Thermostats: These simple affordable, easy to install thermostats allow convenient night/weekend settings that generate energy savings. Models are usually available from $45 to over $200 depending on the features desired. Most systems include manual overrides to ensure comfort for late night shift employees.
Multiple Zones: By dividing your facility up into multiple heating and cooling grids, your system can deliver more efficient heating and cooling by eliminating inaccuracies and excessive usage from a central control sensor point. In addition, building occupants in different grid areas can adjust the temperature to meet their actual needs. If your facility has many rooms or floors, multiple zone programs are recommended.
Demand or CO2 Sensors: Most heating and cooling systems are outdated and draw in ventilation air by assumed occupancy, however modern technology has side stepped this by designing systems which actually adjust the air quality of your facility by measuring the percent of CO2 present. The result is more energy-efficient operation and better air-quality.
Similar to your automobile, your building’s heating and cooling system needs a preventative maintenance plan to operate efficiently. To improve system efficiency and help ensure reliability and component longevity, consider the following maintenance tips.
- Engage a qualified HVAC firm such as American Services in a maintenance contract with semi-annual tune-ups. During these tune-ups, a technician should inspect combustion efficiency, refrigerant charge, and belt tension as applicable.
- Air filters should be changed regularly. Accumulated dirt and dust make your fans work harder. Clean or replace filters according to manufacturer’s recommended specifications.
- Keep the evaporator and condenser coils on your heat pump, air-conditioner, or chiller. Dirty coils can cause overheating. By keeping them clean you save energy.
To inquire about our services and get a quote for cooling sales in Jefferson County, contact us at American Services located in St. Louis MO.