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How The Right HVAC Systems Save You Money

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) can account for the majority of money spent by organisations on energy. Even small adjustments to systems can significantly improve your building’s working environment and at the same time, save you money.

Understanding thermal energy and how HVAC systems can be used to harness heat energy in commercial and residential buildings is important to  building owners, utilities and occupants.  In this article we focus on answering one of the most common questions we hear – how can the right HVAC systems save you money? We also reveal some interesting facts.

If you would like to know more, feel free to get in touch.

How much energy do HVAC systems use?

There are five factors to determining the energy use of your HVAC system:

  • The design, layout and operation of the building – this affects how the external environment impacts internal temperatures and humidity;
  • The required indoor temperature and air quality – more extreme temperatures, greater precision and more refined air quality consume more energy;
  • The heat generated internally by lighting, equipment and people – all of these have an impact on how warm buildings are;
  • The design and efficiency of the HVAC plant – provides heat, cooling and moisture control exactly where it is needed;
  • The operating times of your HVAC equipment and ability of the controls – these limit operation to exactly when it is needed.

Total carbon emissions from energy use in commercial and public buildings.

How can we make savings?

  • Reducing the need – The design and specification of buildings and HVAC systems have a big impact on energy use and hence, energy spend. Sometimes natural ventilation provides the best solution to HVAC needs.
  • Changing  behavior – The way occupants use a building and its HVAC systems plays a big role in how buildings perform.
  • Understanding and using controls – Most HVAC systems are fitted with controls. Learning how to set and regulate these can provide substantial savings and enhance comfort conditions for occupants.
  • Maintaining existing systems – Regular service and maintenance is vital for maximizing energy savings and avoiding costly breakdowns.
  • Hardware opportunities – If you are considering upgrading or refurbishing your HVAC systems, there are some good opportunities for energy saving. Talk to us about how!

Did you know?

  • The true definition of an ‘air conditioning system’ is one which has the ability to control temperature, humidity and air quality within precise limits, yet the term is often applied to systems which simply cool the space. These cool air systems are more correctly referred to as ‘comfort cooling’.
  • Clock setting is important, so reseting your controls when the clocks go forward in Spring and back in Winter will save energy;
  • Buildings with well-controlled heating systems typically have a 15-30% lower heating fuel usage;
  • Heating costs rise by about 8% for each 1ºC of overheating;
  • Energy consumption of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can increase by up to 30% if regular maintenance is not undertaken.

Learn more

Interested to know more about HVAC, refrigeration and plumbing solutions – especially the benefits and payback – why not drop us a line? Contact lryan@enersolv.ca.

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Insights courtesy of CarbonTrust.com, Guardian Sustainable Business – How businesses can keep their cool on winter heating costs.