March 15, 2016

The efficiency of your HVAC system is a major factor in energy expenditures each year. As large commercial structures in New York City come under increasing scrutiny for their environmental impact, enterprises can save money and align with the regulatory climate by ensuring HVAC components work at peak efficiency.

HVAC system with money around itHere are some tips for making your HVAC system work even better:

Change HVAC Filters Regularly to Cut Bills Up to 10%

A large commercial HVAC system is far different from residential heating or cooling units, but they do have one similarity: They rely on clean filters to maximize airflow throughout a building. If you’re not sure when your filters were changed last, odds are good it’s time to give them attention. When filters are left unattended for too long, indoor air quality can plummet – that has measurable effects on the well-being of your tenants.

Upgrade to Programmable Thermostats

While we all know how hard it can be to find an office temperature that’s comfortable for everybody, there is a temperature that represents the best compromise between tenant comfort and energy efficiency for your situation. Thermostats take the guesswork out of climate control by implementing sustainable cost reduction strategies tailored to each hour of the working day. Savings can begin immediately as energy use is minimized when spaces are not in use.

Raise Efficiency and Prevent Downtime Through All-in-One Service Contracts

Your HVAC system is complex. It has hundreds of components that may be found throughout your building. Many parts are influenced by external weather conditions outside your control, and all are required to operate within strict tolerances. Once you have an ongoing maintenance contract with a reliable team of experts, you can rest assured emerging issues will be dealt with before they adversely impact the system.
Remember: Prevention is always more cost-effective than repair!

Improve Airflow By Sealing Ductwork

Your HVAC system functions as the heart of your building. It relies on ductwork to circulate air throughout the structure, maintaining appropriate temperatures and quality. The tighter and more efficient your ducts, the easier it is for the central system to perform its job – it can “pump” less while providing the same results. Many older buildings suffer from damaged ducts that may be unclean or too narrow to meet today’s construction standards. When ducts are properly sealed, energy costs can be decreased as much as 20%.

Protect Investments by Lubricating Moving Parts

As with a car, a commercial HVAC system has many moving parts. These parts act as important points of failure that can seriously hinder performance or even bring the entire system to a fault if they fail – and some are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Major moving parts should be professionally lubricated on a regular basis, another key reason to pursue a service contract with a brand you can trust.

With a proactive approach, you can cut energy consumption by 25% or more. Call Donnelly Mechanical for expert advice.

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