In the United States, heating and cooling account for about 48% of the energy used in commercial buildings, making it the largest source of energy consumption. The Department of Energy (DOE) has set a goal to reduce this number by 30% by 2025. One way to help achieve this goal (and save money) is to install a more efficient HVAC system and maintain it thoroughly. Other ways include taking action to increase your buildings SEER rating.
What is SEER?
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a measure of how much cooling a unit can provide per dollar spent on electricity. A higher SEER rating means higher efficiency. The current minimum SEER rating for newly installed systems is 13, but units with ratings as high as 23 are available on the market. Installing a higher SEER unit will cost more upfront but will save money in the long run due to reduced energy consumption.
How Can I Save Money?
If you’re looking to save money on your energy bill, consider these tips:
-Install a programmable thermostat
One of the easiest ways to save money with your commercial HVAC system is to use a programmable thermostat to automatically raise or lower the temperature when the building is empty or during peak hours. A programmable thermostat can save you up to 30% on your energy bill, according to the Department of Energy
-Upgrade to a High-Efficiency System
If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old, it may be time for an upgrade. Today’s systems are much more efficient than those of 10 or 20 years ago. In fact, upgrading to a high-efficiency system can save you up to 50% on your energy bill, according to the Department of Energy. When shopping for a new system, look for one with a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the system will be.
-Service your HVAC system regularly to keep it running efficiently.
With many types of maintenance programs available, finding one to fit your personalized needs may seem like a challenge. Level One HVAC is here to help with that. From full-service maintenance programs, to seasonal belt and filter changes we will customize a plan that works for you.
-Upgrade to energy-efficient lighting, such as LED bulbs.
By switching to LED lighting, businesses can reduce their lighting costs by up to 75%. LEDs are also more durable than traditional light bulbs and last up to 25% longer.
-Educate your employees and tenants on ways they can conserve energy.
Most businesses are always looking for ways to reduce their operating costs, and one way to do that is to reduce energy consumption. But simply telling employees to turn off lights and computers when they’re not in use can only go so far. To really make a difference, businesses need to educate their employees about the importance of conserving energy. By doing so, employees will not only be more likely to take measures to reduce energy consumption themselves, but they’ll also be more likely to raise awareness amongst their colleagues. Additionally, businesses should look for ways to make their buildings more energy-efficient. This could involve anything from upgrading equipment to insulating walls and windows. By taking these steps, businesses can make a big impact on their energy consumption – and their bottom line.
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Commercial HVAC systems can be expensive to run and maintain, but by following these tips, you can help reduce energy consumption while keeping your building comfortable all year long and saving money. Our customer service team is waiting to help you with a free energy audit or service quote!