Cost Effective Strategies for Your HVAC System
Thinking about upgrading to a new energy efficient HVAC system? While the temptation of a newer more efficient system is alluring, many of the same cost-saving benefits can be reached by optimizing your older air conditioning system.
Install Demand-Controlled Ventilation
Save costs by opting to only cool or heat areas that are currently occupied. By installing sensors to sense when a room is occupied you can cut costs by only heating the rooms that you're currently using. New systems use CO2 sensors to dictate where exactly the system need to pump air. This can be retrofitted on to older units by a qualified HVAC service company, such as McMaster Heating and Air Conditioning.
Correct your system's pump
Perhaps the most common error within an HVAC system is within the pump. Since it is commonly overlooked during maintenance and when discussing upgrades, an HVAC's pump can be left with an improper flow rate for the entire life of the HVAC system. Technicians should monitor the pumps flow rate every month and plot those readings against the manufacturer's reading before declaring the pump fit for operation.
Install programmable thermostats for each office
Programmable thermostats are both convenient for the people working within the office and for the HVAC manager. Not only do they solve office disputes, but they allow the unit to heat each room to the occupant's preference.
Install better testing equipment
Testing equipment on your boilers may be inefficient and outdated. By upgrading to new overall efficiency testing equipment, you'll see more data about the transfer of energy from the broiler to the steam or water. This new equipment will give you more information about your system and where it may need improvements.
Adopt a two-step program for HVAC efficiency
Don't fall into a classic trap, spending too much on monitoring equipment, leaving little for maintenance, or vice versa. There needs to be a simple two-step program that emphasizes both maintenance and monitoring of your system. The program should identify areas that need improvement and immediately begin to repair those areas to maximize your system's efficiency.
Through care monitoring and quality maintenance, the savings from an HVAC system can increase up to 20%. Often times, as much as a newer system would have potentially saved the company.