Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning account for over half of your business’ monthly energy costs, offering tremendous opportunity for cost savings. Fortunately, many commercial HVAC system modifications can help you save energy and control operational costs, from the tried-and-true to the latest cutting-edge technology. Shrink your carbon footprint and improve occupant comfort with these commercial HVAC additions.
Top 10 Energy-Saving Commercial HVAC Technologies
Note – The technologies mentioned below offer significant savings but may not always be the best solution for your business. Talk to your local commercial HVAC contractor to uncover the ideal additions for your application or industry.
- Duct sealing
One of the easiest ways to save energy is to eliminate duct leakage. Duct leakage is a significant source of energy waste, so be sure to make this part of your regular commercial HVAC maintenance routine.
- Variable-speed blower motors & adjustable speed drives
Reducing blower motor speed to meet commercial heating and cooling demands offers significant savings.
- Dedicated outdoor air systems
Reduce load on your cooling system and improve comfort, removing moisture from outdoor air and conditioning it separately from indoor return air with a dedicated outdoor air system.
- Demand-controlled ventilation
Using carbon monoxide sensors and economizers, demand-controlled ventilation helps you maintain indoor air quality while avoiding wasteful overventilation.
- Energy recovery ventilation
ERV systems repurpose energy from exhausted air, using it to precondition incoming air, reducing commercial heating and cooling loads while maintaining comfort.
- Displacement ventilation
Improve indoor air quality, introducing a low-velocity stream of cold air at the floor level to displace stale air near the ceiling.
- Desiccant dehumidification
Using liquid desiccants to remove moisture, evaporate heat, and precool makeup air reduces cooling load
- Zero-degree heat pumps
Today’s latest heat pump technology works efficiently in climates as cold as 0 F. Because these systems move heat rather than create it, they offer more than 100% energy efficiency.
- Variable refrigerant flow systems
These flexible ductless-style systems utilize multiple compressors to deliver partial load performance and zoned temperature control, improving occu
- pant comfort while saving energy.
These personal desktop-style climate control systems offer environmental control in a single unit. Attached to a work surface, they create a virtual zone for each occupant, improving staff comfort and productivity.
Low Tech Commercial HVAC Energy Savings Solutions
In addition to taking advantage of the latest available technology, routine commercial HVAC maintenance is essential for optimizing performance and efficiency. Regular inspection for leaks and mechanical issues and the cleaning of system components reduces energy losses, keeping your operational budget under control.