Energy Loss in Your Commercial Building: 4 Easy Things to Avoid
- March 23, 2017
- Commercial Air Conditioning
“Time is money” is a common phrase in the business world. “Energy is money” is far less common, but just as true. Even minor energy losses can seriously erode your bottom line over time. Small energy leaks can become big expenses if you don’t take the proper precautions. The good news is that most of the energy-leeching culprits behind commercial energy waste are fairly easy to prevent or minimize. Here are four easy ways you can avoid energy loss in your commercial building in Tampa.
A good heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system is critical to keeping your building’s air comfortable and healthy. But those benefits come at a hefty price. According to the United States Small Building Administration (SBA), HVAC systems typically account for 40 percent of the electricity usage in commercial buildings. Optimizing your HVAC system with regular maintenance will not only result in substantial energy savings but also improved performance.
Part of a sound commercial air conditioning and heating maintenance program involves checking the registers and ductwork for holes and leaks. Likewise, your HVAC tech should make sure the blowers and fans are secure and replace any corroded electrical connections. Finally, the routine maintenance of your system should also include an inspection of the coils and compressors for potential issues.
Building Shell Issues
Your building shell, or envelope, is what separates the climate-controlled side of your building from the outdoor environment. The purpose of your building shell is to resist the transfer of light, air, noise, water, and heat. Any quality commercial HVAC service in Tampa, Florida should scan your building shell as part of your annual maintenance.
The ideal time to scan the shell is when there is a large temperature differential between the outside and inside of your commercial building. The substantial difference in temperature will make it easier for your tech to inspect the roof, walls, pipes, door and window frames, chimneys, construction joints, and conduits for potential energy leakage.
Inefficient Electronics and Office Equipment
Things like copy machines, scanners, computers, and printers all put out heat when they’re in use. In a climate like Tampa’s where our AC is on almost year-round, combating all those little sources of heat with your HVAC system can quickly jack up your utility bill. To avoid this, try to choose electronic devices and office equipment that is highly efficient, such as Energy Star approved machines.
Commercial buildings especially can benefit from programmable, or smart, thermostats because heating and cooling needs are often less during non-business hours. A smart thermostat can do this for you gradually to minimize the energy loss from shifting between temperature settings. According to the Department of Energy, your business can save up to 10 percent on heating and cooling by adjusting your thermostat seven to ten degrees from its normal setting for eight hours a day.
Would you like to know more about how you can minimize energy loss in your commercial building? Give Tropic-kool Engineering a call today at 727-581-2824. We offer 24/7 commercial HVAC services in Tampa and the surrounding areas. Our certified HVAC technicians can help you with everything from cost-saving maintenance to building automation services.
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