Posted: February 24, 2022 at 11:20 am
By: Lakes Region HVAC
As business owners ourselves, we understand there are a lot of overhead costs that go into owning a commercial space. It is essential to save money wherever you can. While skimping on what's important is never an option, there are ways to ensure that your business is temperature-controlled while not hurting your bottom line. As a general rule, when it comes to HVAC, we like to think of upfront investments as the best solution to avoiding long-term costs. In this blog, we talk about some of the best ways of accomplishing just that.
If you are building a new commercial space and don't already have an HVAC system, or are looking to replace your mechanical systems, energy-efficient units are worth considering. While they can come with a more intimidating price tag there are real benefits to these systems. Not only do they perform better, but they also cut costs on heating and cooling bills by up to 40%. That's nearly half! For even more significant savings on your business's utility bills, look no further than HVLS (high volume, low speed) fans. Fans don't actually impact temperature, but they do aid HVAC systems, making them more efficient. When large quantities of air can flow consistently, as they do with HVLS fans, this puts less strain on your heating and cooling system. These fans are an essential element of any commercial building with a significant amount of open space as they are the most efficient option and don’t require a lot of maintenance.
An important thing to remember: be sure to change your air filters regularly. This is often overlooked but keeps your system running efficiently which keeps energy bills low in both residential and commercial spaces. Additionally, your workspace will remain cleaner, and your indoor air will be healthy. Learn more about the different air filters available in our blog here.
There are other factors within business and commercial spaces that can impact the efficiency and effectiveness of your heating and cooling systems. The first thing we'd suggest is investigating what's creating heat or letting in cold air. For example, lightbulbs can create more heat than you might think. Replacing your bulbs with more efficient ones will not only save on energy and help the environment but will, in turn, keep your space cooler in the summer months. Another place to look would be doors and windows. Are they appropriately sealed? If not, a surprising amount of air can seep through and raise your energy bill up significantly. Filling these gaps with either weather stripping or sealant is not only easy but affordable. And lastly, if your business uses large equipment they are most likely giving of large amounts of heat. If they are automated, adjust when the units are running to times of the day when customers or employees aren't present. This is an easy way to keep cooling costs under control while keeping employees and customers at a comfortable temperature. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, set your thermostat between 68-76 , for the health and safety of the public during working hours.
For those who are building new, make sure you properly insulate your facility. This will play a considerable role in how hard your HVAC system has to work during the entire year. The harder your system works, the more expensive it is. Not to mention, the units will have a shorter life. If your cooling budget is a concern, plant trees or bushes near windows—the extra foliage blocks out excess radiant heat. If keeping heating bills low is a top priority, we recommend talking to a well-versed contractor in Smart Building. Not only are environmentally-friendly builders doing their part for the planet, but also your wallet.
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