Each year approximately 170,000 commercial buildings constructed and 44,000 demolished and nearly 4.9 million office buildings already existed back in 2003 in the US alone. With our new and growing social expectance of energy and efficiency, it’s no surprise why there is so much attention in improving the energy ratings for big commercial and office buildings, mainly because buildings like these account for 20% of energy used. However there are many ways and techniques that can be utilized to either improve these ratings, or start fresh with new high energy efficiency equipment.
- Energy Efficient Equipment
- Zoned Duct Systems
- Programmable Thermostats and Temperature Reset
- Employ Variable Speed Fan Motors
Those are just a few options among many and as we look further into our future these energy efficient options are going to become mandatory one by one. Let’s face it, most of the old equipment that was used 20 plus years ago are no longer used. Even in the lower efficiency models they still have to stick to the federal guidelines which in most areas is a 13 seer (seasonal estimated efficiency rating) or better.
Say Goodbye to Expensive Overhead in Energy Costs
Most brands product lines look a lot different than they did 20 years ago, so you can bet your bottom dollar that they all have great options when it comes to saving energy. And with each passing year comes better technology so making the right choice in your equipment today means you won’t have outdated equipment down the road. Variable speed fan motors is a very good example of energy efficient technology, Zone Control Ductwork is another great example. Variable Speed Fan Motors and Zone Control Ductwork can eliminate problems like:
- Fan speed control can eliminate using too much power due to the fan not spinning at its highest level non-stop. The less output of the fan the less power is used and more savings you may receive.
- Zoned Duct Control can reduce over ventilation, properly put the demand where it is wanted, and eliminate simultaneous heating and cooling.
Thermostats can lead to significant energy loss; outdated or old thermostats are not only usually wrong but can run into delay problems and many more. If your thermostat has a mercury bulb assume that it is not reading accurately enough anymore, though let’s say most of the stories about thermostats with mercury bulbs are myths. However, the newer digital thermostats are more effective and can also be reset in the event that it doesstart reading incorrectly. Programmable thermostats can save energy by automatically resetting the temperature to run your system less when no one is in the building.
And if you rely on electric heat, you may want to consider an alternative for your heating. There are great alternatives for heating your building so when it’s time to upgrade utilize your options.
- Heat Pumps are a great alternative, but unfortunately they’re not for every region. This type of heating is typical for a warmer climate mainly because it is not usable under a certain temperature. So if you live in a cold climate region you may want to keep looking.
- Gas Furnaces practically use power just to run the fan, there are a few other components that will use energy but not very much. The combustion of gas in your heat exchanger is what gives you heat, but even though you save in energy you will gain a gas bill.
Air conditioning and heating systems account for 41% of the building’s total electrical usage, so if it isn’t efficient you’re wasting money and falling way behind the modern standards for our world’s growing commitment to saving the environment. Methods for upgrading HVAC systems depend on the particular characteristics of the building, the equipment already in place, and any problems that might have been detected in indoor air quality.
Seeking the right equipment for efficiency is also not just about brand. Some brands offer different options but energy efficiency is something that everyone is working to improve. Research on what is correct for your region and climate is the best thing to do when choosing what system or product you need. Even if you replace your old equipment with a multi mini-split system, there are still high efficient products to use. Even if you don’t replace your old outdated systems there are still plenty of other options to employ. By taking actions to make your building more energy efficient you will not only save long term money on your energy costs, but contribute to our world’s efforts by saving energy. Buildings are at the forefront of high energy use and contribute to almost half of the energy use in the US alone.
Sophia is an always-energized manager working for over 5 years in HVAC industry with Parker & Sons, Inc – a Phoenix HVAC company in business since 1974. She understands customer and business needs and is focused on providing only relevant and quality information and advice.