When it comes to maintenance, commercial HVAC contractors in Philadelphia see a lot of neglect. According to recent reports from the Building Efficiency Initiative, less than 50% of companies perform routine, preventative maintenance critical to efficient HVAC operation. And they’re paying for it. Is your commercial HVAC system operating at peak efficiency?
Signs Your Commercial HVAC Energy Dollars are Going Up in Smoke:
Poorly functioning HVAC systems cost businesses billions in wasted energy annually, alongside hidden healthcare and productivity losses resulting from the negative impact ailing systems can have on employees. Does your system show signs of inefficiency?
- Abnormally High Energy Bills
Unexpectedly rising energy bills are a sure sign your HVAC system is running inefficiently.
- Running Constantly
A system that runs constantly is struggling to keep up with cooling demands. This can result from something as simple as neglected air filter maintenance or coil cleanings, or be as serious as a dying system in dire need of replacement.
- Uneven Heating/Cooling
Warm and cold spots in the workplace are sure sign something’s amiss with your system.
- Frequent Cycling On/Off
Frequent cycling could point to dirty coils, a malfunctioning thermostat, compressor issues, or an aging system struggling to keep up with demand.
- Excessive Dust
Excessive dust resulting from an ancient air filter or leaky ductwork ruins both efficiency and air quality.
- Constant Repair Needs
If you’re on a first-name basis with your local HVAC mechanical contractor, you may be spending more on commercial air conditioning repair, commercial heating repairs, and energy bills over the long run than you would on a newer, more efficient system.
Systems more than 10-years-old are substantially less efficient than their newer, higher-SEER counterparts.
How Can Your Business Safeguard Commercial HVAC Efficiency?
- Change Air Filters Regularly
This simple, inexpensive maintenance can save you 5-10% on HVAC expenses, safeguarding system life, and preventing system strain, comfort, and air quality issues that can negatively impact employee productivity. Be sure to swap them monthly.
- Keep the Outside Unit Clear
Clearing airflow-blocking debris is a cheap and easy way to safeguard efficiency.
- Ensure Ductwork is Properly Sealed
Properly sealing and insulating ductwork, particularly ductwork located in unheated/uncooled spaces, can help you improve heating and cooling efficiency by 20%. That’s some serious dough!
- Install a Programmable Thermostat
Ask your local HVAC service pro about programmable and smart thermostats that could help you save hundreds annually – and prevent office temperature control battles.
- Schedule Regular, Preventive Maintenance
Routine maintenance and cleaning in the spring and fall, before temperature extremes hit, is an affordable insurance policy against exorbitantly high energy bills and the highly-costly possibility of catastrophic system failure. Keep things on-schedule with a maintenance plan.
- Upgrade Your System
HVAC systems account for 39% of energy used in commercial buildings nationwide. Replacing your ailing unit with a newer, high-performance system can save you 10-40% in energy and emissions annually, making dollars and sense for your business.
HVAC operating and repair expenses taking a bite out of your bottom line? H&H Commercial Services can help. Contact us to learn more about ways you can lower operating expenses via preventative maintenance and other smart system investments today.