Having an HVAC system to provide us with cooling and heating 24/7 has changed the game. Gone are the days when people would try to stand in front of a single cooler or under the ceiling fan to escape the sweltering heat. By flipping a switch, you can now control the temperature of the entire building. But even with all that ease and facility, there are still some times when we should take a step back and think about doing better. In not-so-flowery words, we should think about conserving cooling and heating in commercial/ industrial buildings.
HVAC almost makes up 60% of the costs of a building. There are also other expenses, but this is the most significant contributor. It may not sound much in typical homes, but in commercial and industrial fields, even 10% is a significant amount of cash, let alone 40% or 60%. This is why saving heating and cooling in more extensive properties should be our priorities.
Here are a few tips on how to conserve heating and cooling in commercial and industrial buildings.
Tip 1: Installing Energy-Efficient HVAC:
The very first place you can start is the HVAC system itself. A properly sized system with more than acceptable levels of efficiency is your best bet for conserving both heating and cooling, whether in commercial or industrial buildings.
That also includes replacing old components. Is your furnace old enough to become an ancient relic and does not perform as well as it used to? Replace it. Is your air conditioner consuming more energy than required to produce not a lot of cooling? Get rid of it. And buy a better one. To summarize, stop relying on old technology, and get a new system as soon as you can.
Tip 2: Make Insulation Your Best Friend:
Insulation is one thing you need to never skimp on when it comes to commercial and industrial buildings. It is that one thing that single-handedly manages to prevent leakage of cooling and heat from the property, much more than physical walls.
Tip 3: Seal All The Windows And Doors:
Insulation on its own is not enough when you have drafts and openings littered around the place, giving the air a way to escape out. Such drafts are way more common near window or door frames. And while you cannot keep the doors closed all the time, you can keep the windows shut without any doubt. So keep them shut, and make sure to seal any drafts around frames with the help of a professional.
Tip 4: The Building’s Orientation:
Understanding the building’s orientation will have a direct effect on how much energy would be needed to cool or heat the building. For instance, the side facing the sun at all times would not take a lot of effort to heat up but take considerable effort in cooling down, and vice versa.
Tip 5: Reduce The Use Of Technology:
In commercial and industrial properties, this may very well be impossible. But a token effort would not be so bad.
The thing is, most electronic appliances get heated up with continuous use. While that rise in temperature is not dangerous for the appliance or anything else, it does raise the temperature by a few more points. And while shutting down appliances that aren’t being used is possible in a home, the same is not with commercial buildings. Everything is being used continuously, so what can you turn off?
But if there is any machine that can be turned off if not in use, do so without any hesitation.
Tip 6: Close Blinds And Curtains At The Right Time:
While natural light is all well and good and helps you in saving energy-relevant costs, it can also be detrimental to cooling. Close the curtains and blinds when the sun is at its hottest and blasting all of its heat at your windows. The heat would still be able to escape through the closed windows, wasting all the effort the air conditioner has spent to cool down the room. The best way to prevent that is to block the sunlight at the right time with dark curtains and blinds.
Tip 7: Install Smart Blinds or Windows:
Again, even insulated window panes cannot stop the sunlight and its heating effects from reaching the interior, even if it is successful in preventing heat transfer between the air outside and inside. And if you just can’t be bothered to get up and close the blinds yourself or often forget to do so, intelligent blinds or smart glass may seem like a good choice. These things function on a multitude of things; heat sensors, light sensors, schedules, or even occupant control. Their worth is determined by multiple factors, so if you think you can afford it, do invest in some.
Tip 8: Regular Schedule Maintenance:
Scheduling regular maintenance on your HVAC system would do wonders. It’s not just for conserving heating and cooling, which would happen due to the constantly maintained efficiency levels. It would also bring a lot of other advantages, like reducing the need for repair, prolonging its life, preventing replacements, avoiding failures and breakdowns, etc.
Tip 9: Checking Seals and Insulation:
Again, drafts can form at many places, allowing cold or hot air to leak outside. But the same problem can occur with your ductwork. With the passage of time, it’s not strictly impossible for any leaks to form in the vast network. This would lead to a loss of energy in addition to cooling and heating itself. So, whenever you are performing an inspection, tighten up all the connections, clear drains, and seal leaks.
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