According to US Department of Energy reports, cooling accounts for up to 73% of the energy used in commercial buildings. Switching to cleaner, greener HVAC technology is a wise investment. It not only protects your bottom line, increasing energy efficiency and cost savings, it also protects the environment, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and shrinking your carbon footprint. And these aren’t the only reason for embracing green HVAC tech. Why should you make the switch?
Take Advantage of HVAC Tax Incentives Before They Expire
Federal tax incentives are still available to offset the cost of replacing older commercial HVAC systems with newer, more efficient, greener technology. Most enjoy savings of $5,000 or more – but it is unknown if these savings will expire in the coming year, so act fast while the current incentives are in effect.
Avoid the Expense of Operating AC Units Using Phased-Out R-22 Freon
As of January 1, 2020, R-22 refrigerant is no longer legal to manufacture or import in the US. Replacing this refrigerant in older, leaky commercial heating and cooling systems is becoming more challenging and expensive as new, more efficient air conditioners using more environmentally friendly R-410A refrigerant to replace retired cooling R-22 technology.
Take Part in Local Green Initiatives
Most state and local governments and utility providers offer support and resources for businesses committed to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions by 30%+ over 10 years, helping them find and integrate greener heating and cooling options.
Make the Most of Economical Solar Energy
Rooftop mounted systems offer readily available solar power, converting sunlight into green heating and cooling. Many tax incentives exist to mitigate the costs of these systems.
Take Advantage of Energy Saving Enhancements for Traditional HVAC Systems
- Smart thermostats
Smart thermostats allow you to control temperature settings anytime, anywhere from a compatible Wi-Fi-enabled mobile device. Program your system to turn off during unoccupied hours or holidays, enjoying significant energy savings.
- Zoned system design
HVAC mechanical contractors recommend zoned system designs for commercial spaces with different heating and cooling needs throughout. Compatible with traditional ducted, VRF, and mini-split systems, zoning reduces energy costs by allowing you to turn off or adjust temperature settings in unused areas.
Geothermal systems take advantage of the earth’s constant core temperature using an underground heat pump. It is the most efficient HVAC technology available.
Adding an economizer to your current system provides cost-effective cooling, moving cooler inside air into your establishment and reducing the amount of time your system needs to run to reach your desired temperature. Economizers can reduce the need for mechanical cooling up to 75%, substantially reducing energy use.
- Variable refrigerant flow (VRF)
VRF systems can deliver heating and cooling simultaneously, using multiple miniature air handlers to meet requirements in different zones of your building. They provide precise cooling, running less frequently and at a lower capacity.
Make your business and your profit margins a little greener. Learn more about available green HVAC technologies from your business from the knowledgeable commercial heating and cooling contractors at H & H Commercial Services today.