Incredibly, it’s almost time for the start of a new year—and a new decade. It almost feels like just yesterday we were kicking off 2019. While starting every year right is important, transitioning to a new decade is doubly so—this first year could define how we do for the rest of the 2020s. Today we’ll be talking about New Year’s resolutions for your business and your HVAC system.
Setting some solid, attainable New Year’s resolutions is the key to minimizing costs and maximizing the money your business spends on creature comforts. It’s estimated that 30% of commercial building energy consumption goes towards the HVAC system, so you can imagine that any savings can be a big boost to your company this year. That’s money that can be best spent elsewhere, such as growing and expanding your business. Read on for our tips for your New Year’s resolutions.
Shoddy ductwork and insulation are efficiency killers
The day-to-day operations of any business will generate dust and other air pollutants that are pulled into the HVAC system and re-circulated into our indoor air. If you haven’t done so recently, schedule a professional air-duct inspection with your HVAC technician to remove the debris your vacuum cleaner hose can’t reach. Aside from that, you may lose a lot of conditioned air to a poorly insulated building. Get better HVAC energy efficiency by trapping in all the air (as well as heated or cooled air) that it produces. Consider adding insulation to walls and windows.
Check your filter monthly
Your HVAC system’s air filter keeps your air clean and breathable. But if left alone, it gets clogged, which not only circulates contaminants back into your building, but restricts airflow, wastes energy, and damages your system. Poor indoor air quality is one of the biggest complaints for workers nationwide—and cleaning your air filter is one of the easiest ways to improve it. Resolve to check your filter every month for dirt and other debris, and replace it at least every 3-6 months.
Get automated and save money
You can also opt for Building Automation Services or BAS. That way, there isn’t even any need for HVAC thermostats to be controlled by your employees—everything can be monitored instead from a central location, and temperatures can be adjusted to the optimal point constantly. Building Automation Services can even tell you when anything in your HVAC system isn’t performing as expected, which can predict issues down the line. Knowing when problems will arise before they even do is knowledge that will save you money.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
One smart way to keep your HVAC system running smoothly is to schedule preventive maintenance. We recommend annual HVAC maintenance for each major system. You’ll want to schedule a tune-up for your air conditioner or heat pump in the spring and another for your furnace in the fall. Try to fit in a maintenance session before you turn on the system for the season so that your HVAC system technicians can catch any performance issues before they become critical.
Preventative maintenance programs can go a long way to spare you from costly repairs. When you sign up for a professional maintenance program, your HVAC technicians will detect small issues before they become serious problems. Keep in mind that most HVAC problems are attributed to negligence, and they can be prevented through routine HVAC maintenance diagnosis.
Level One HVAC is ready to respond to all your HVAC needs, both this year and into the 2020s. Give us a call at (248) 486-6500 if you’d like to know more. If you don’t have time to call, you can fill in our online contact form and someone from our staff will be in touch with you shortly.