If your commercial HVAC system is old or if it doesn’t seem like it can keep up with cold winters and blazing hot summers, you might want to consider an upgrade. Advances in technology have made HVAC systems more efficient than ever. Also, new laws regarding refrigerants go into effect next year which means that if you don’t take action, your air conditioning can be more expensive than ever. Here are some tips that should make your systems more efficient and keep your energy costs down this year.
What kind of refrigerant does your air conditioning unit use?
Less than a year from now, a common refrigerant known as R22 will no longer be manufactured or imported into the United States. This substance is known to deplete the ozone layer and this is the final stage of a decade long phase out process. What this means is that if your HVAC system uses R22 refrigerant it will be more and more expensive to replenish with R22 as supplies are used. If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old and if it still uses R22 refrigerant, it may be time to either retrofit an acceptable refrigerant, or replace your system altogether.
Upgrade to smart thermostats and sensors.
With smart thermostats, you have the ability to adjust the heating and cooling functions of your building remotely. Sensor activated ventilation allow you to heat and cool parts of the building that are being used. Both of these systems are designed to make the operation of your HVAC systems more efficient which leads to lower energy use and more savings. Smart controls also give you the ability to monitor energy use and create a historical record so you or your HVAC partner can spot trends and areas where the system might be able to perform more efficiently.
Have your HVAC serviced in spring, and again in the fall.
Regular maintenance during these times accomplishes two things. When you schedule an inspection in the spring you not only make sure the air conditioning is ready for the summer, but you check the heating system for any signs of wear or issues that may have come up during the winter. Preventative maintenance is a proactive approach that makes sure your equipment is running at peak performance. And the more often your system is inspected by a trained HVAC technician, the more likely a minor issue is found and repaired long before it becomes a major cost down the road.
Legacy Mechanical can make sure your HVAC systems work for you, not against you!
An efficient, well maintained, up-to-date HVAC system uses very little energy to do a lot of work. When you want to guarantee it keeps you cool in the summers and warm in the winters, contact Legacy Mechanical to schedule a free consultation. Our technicians will get to know your equipment and we can develop a maintenance plan that will help you get the most life out of your system, and keep it running smoothly and efficiently for years to come.