HVAC energy efficiency is something that many building managers and business owners think about often, but don’t really know exactly what it means or how to best optimise it. A commercial HVAC system can be a complex network of parts and equipment designed to provide thermal comfort to your workspace, but the cost of running one of these systems can have a detrimental effect on your power bill.
Research shows that HVAC systems account for 39% of a commercial building’s energy usage on average. That is significantly more than equipment (25%), lighting (22%), and elevators (4%). In short, your commercial or industrial air-conditioning system is going to cost you more than any other type of electrical equipment or amenities. However, there are ways to better optimise the energy efficiency of your HVAC system.
Today, the experts at Air-rite Solutions are going to tell you everything you need to know about HVAC energy efficiency and how you can get better at it.
Why Do HVAC Systems Use So Much Energy?
Commercial HVAC systems are complex pieces of machinery that can be exhaustive on your energy usage. The process of heating, cooling, or ventilating air is incredibly energy intensive, with the main contributing components being the fans, pump, and chiller/boiler plant.
HVAC systems are designed to provide thermal comfort for everyone occupying a space. Whether this is an office building, school, factory, or restaurant, it takes a significant amount of power to keep these spaces at a comfortable temperature for hours each day. While we need HVAC systems to operate effectively in our living, work, leisure, or study spaces, there is no denying that their power drain can be costly.
Luckily, there are some really handy ways that you can optimise your HVAC system to make it as energy efficient as possible.
Manage Thermal Loads
Thermal loads refer to the people and objects that contribute to the temperature of the space which they occupy. If your commercial building has an excess of thermal load, then your HVAC system will have to work harder in order to maintain a balanced temperature. Therefore, by managing these loads, your HVAC system will require less power in order to perform its tasks.
Some ways in which you can manage your thermal loads include:
- Reducing the usage of heat-emitting equipment such as computers, printers, and lights
- Improve the insulation in your walls and ceiling so they can better maintain the necessary indoor temperature
- Install shading devices on your windows to decrease the amount of solar radiation that is being let in
By reducing these thermal loads, your commercial building will be able to better regulate its temperature, reducing the responsibility placed on your HVAC system and cutting down energy costs all around.
Regular Maintenance For Your HVAC System
Regular HVAC maintenance will improve its energy efficiency overall, as the parts and components will consistently be operating at peak performance. From cleaning water cooled condensers to unblocking the pumps, having a HVAC technician to routinely check on your system will allow it to continue running without draining unnecessary power.
On average, you should have your commercial HVAC system inspected by a trained technician every 3-6 months, so you can have the peace of mind that it is operating as efficiently as possible.
Air-rite Solutions Improve Your HVAC’s Energy Efficiency
Air-rite Solutions are trained HVAC experts who help businesses in Brisbane and South East Queensland optimise their systems for the best energy efficiency. Start saving on your power bills by having one of our technicians inspect your commercial HVAC system today. Contact our friendly team on 07 3274 2199.