No one likes overpaying for anything, especially when it comes to the energy bills. Taking stock of your commercial HVAC system’s health, especially ahead of the summer time, can put how much you’re really spending into perspective.
With the weather eventually heating up, chances are you’ll probably be cranking your commercial HVAC system to stay cool. Ensuring that your system is in proper functioning order can, in fact, help you save big money this summer.
Regularly Maintain Your HVAC System
If you’re looking to cut costs and save money this summer, taking care of and regularly maintaining your commercial HVAC system can definitely help.
As there are many moving parts within your system, you’ll have to ensure they are all in working order. The compressor, for example, acts as the heart of your HVAC system. Central to your system’s performance, the compressor is the first component in regulating your building’s temperature. Your compressor helps compress the refrigerant — the chemical that helps cool the air.
Over time, however, refrigerant can begin to leak, impeding your compressor’s functionality — which will lead to inevitable failure of the compressor. On top of that, you’ll want to make sure that contaminants like dust, dirt, bacteria, and mold don’t infiltrate your system and get in the way of your compressor’s performance.
You should also keep an eye out for your condenser. The condenser, which extracts heat from your workplace and sends it outside, can also fall victim to refrigerant leaks and other outside irritants — so be sure to stay on top of your condenser’s health as well!
Having a certified technician take a look at your HVAC system may seem cost-heavy upfront, but will undoubtedly save you money and headache in the long run.
Change Your Air Filters
Using an old or outdated air filter can inflict a lot of stress on your HVAC system — but changing them ahead of time will most certainly help you save money.
Your air filter serves as the gateway between contaminants and your HVAC system. While an air filter will protect your system against contaminants like dust and dirt, it eventually will suffer from wear and tear like most household items. An air filter suffering from this level of damage will eventually stop filtering the appropriate level of harmful particles in your system, which can lead to poor indoor air quality and clogged parts.
In turn, a clogged air filter will kick off a chain reaction that can send your energy bills skyrocketing. With a damaged air filter potentially leading to other damaged parts in your system, chances are you’ll probably be running your air conditioner for longer times than needed — given that it’s not producing the optimal output as an efficiently working system.
Save money by investing in a high-quality air filter and protect your internal components as well. Aim for a MERV rating of 16 or higher.
Investing in Modern, Programmable Thermostats
One of the biggest benefits of a smartphone is that you can pair it with a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats can help you save money by granting you greater autonomy over your commercial HVAC system.
Programmable thermostats can be paired with your phone via Wi-Fi and offers functionality such as being able to schedule when your air conditioner and heater will kick on and off. You can also choose the temperature — eliminating all the guesswork and wasted time of running back and forth to turn your HVAC system on and off.
Programmable thermostats will help you save money by shutting down your heating and cooling system whenever necessary. It can also allow you to see how much energy is being expended throughout the day — allowing you to take stock of your system’s overall performance.
Save Money with Air Ideal
With Air Ideal, we employ many experienced HVAC professionals that can optimize your HVAC performance this summer and, in turn, help you save money. Our team of expert technicians can help diagnose any problems within your commercial HVAC system, as well as help you choose an air filter that will best suit the needs of your building.