In 2018, Ontario's total energy use for offices was 172 petajoules, a 4.1% increase from the previous year. This increase is not only bad for the environment, but it's terrible for companies' wallets too. There are quite a few ways you can strive for energy conservation in your building, and starting with your commercial HVAC system is a smart place to start. To learn about the actions you can take to make your HVAC system run more efficiently, keep reading.
Cleaning Your Commercial HVAC System Regularly During those long Ontario winters, those air ducts can get filthy pretty fast, and when they do, your HVAC system needs 15% more energy to run. The good news is that it's easy to clean. All you need is a vacuum cleaner and duster. While getting all the dust and debris out of there, remove objects blocking the vents and replace the air filters. Changing the filters improves your building's air quality and helps extend the life of your entire system. Scheduled Maintenance Checks Unfortunately, there are some problems that you can't identify without help from an HVAC contractor—like what's causing it to make strange noises or leak water. By scheduling maintenance checks at least once a year, you can prevent HVAC problems from worsening and avoid expensive repairs. Use a Programmable Thermostat Another way to reduce the amount of energy your building uses is by purchasing a programmable thermostat. You can set it to turn the heat or air conditioning up during work hours and down when people aren't in the building. With this automatic system, you don't have to waste time changing the thermostat every day. You'll also find that your energy bills are lower than they were with the manual thermostat. Use a Correctly Sized Unit Although you don't want an HVAC system that doesn't sufficiently heat or cool your building because it's too small, you don't want one that is too big either. By installing a unit that works perfectly for your building's size, the HVAC system won't use up extra energy when doing its job. Insulate Your Building Lastly, with thermal insulation in the walls, you can keep the extreme cold out, and the temperature of your building won't plummet in the winter. Therefore, you can take some of the pressure off your heating system by not having to crank it up. Hire a Reliable HVAC Contractor There's nothing better than saving energy and money when you can. Now that you've got some ideas about how you can make your commercial HVAC system run more efficiently, you can try them for yourself. If you live in the Greater Toronto area, call Lucky Air Climate Control Ltd for all your commercial and residential HVAC services. Our expert HVAC contractors will assess your air conditioning system and help fix any issues you may have with it.