Here at Macair, we understand that your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system has to deliver on all fronts. It should ensure your employees and visitors reap the health and productivity benefits of high indoor air quality. However, it needs to be energy efficient too, protecting the planet and your pocket.
According to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning overview guide from Carbon Trust, without the right maintenance use of air conditioning can increase a building’s energy consumption and associated emissions by up to 100%.
As a leading provider of bespoke HVAC fit-outs, we help our customers embrace the advantages of a heat-controlled, fully ventilated and air conditioned workspace. The use of HVAC doesn’t have to mean a dramatic rise in energy usage, and we work to make the systems we install and maintain as efficient as possible. Read on to discover 5 steps to making your HVAC system more energy efficient.
Step 1 – Replace or repair
Outdated HVAC systems put a major drain on energy resources, which makes the replacement or repair of older equipment our first and most important task. Knowing when it’s time to upgrade your HVAC system isn’t easy. HGTV offers some handy advice on the signs that replacement is required:
Before you spend thousands of dollars on a new heating or cooling system, it’s a good idea to check your house and your HVAC system for costly air leaks. This could be the root of the problem, and may be a lot less expensive to treat. It’s a good idea to start by having an energy assessment done on your home by an energy efficiency professional. This can either be a walk-through with a clipboard, or a more comprehensive audit with a blower-door test that pressurizes the house so energy leaks can be detected.
If your system is more than 10 years old, the frequency of repairs has increased or there are discrepancies between performance from one room to the next it may also be worth considering replacement.
Step 2 – Improve efficiency elsewhere
Enhancing the energy efficiency of your building can ensure the load capacity that your HVAC has to deal with is lowered, reducing operating costs as a result. Running your HVAC in a more efficient environment means your unit can perform to its optimal level. Improving insulation, weatherproofing windows and doors, switching to energy efficient lighting, and controlling natural ventilation are just a few areas to explore.
Step 3 – Invest in controls
Most modern day HVAC systems and bespoke designs come with programmable controls as standard. Unfortunately, some do not, leaving commercial buildings without the control they need to use their HVAC more efficiently. Programmable thermostats, zoning, and sensors can all be used to provide individual control from room to room.
Step 4 – Conduct regular maintenance
Regular maintenance is essential to the efficient performance of any HVAC system. As well as ensuring that your unit has the support to run as smoothly and successfully as possible, regular HVAC maintenance prevents the expensive emergency repairs that put a burden on many business’ bottom lines.
Step 5 – Call in the professionals
Requesting a free Macair air conditioning and ventilation health check survey is a great place to begin for those looking to improve the energy efficiency of their HVAC systems. Become one step closer to creating a healthy, cool and comfortable environment from season to season by calling us now on 0203 302 6887 to book.