Today's businesses including manufacturing centers, retail outlets and industrial operations are all looking for ways to conserve energy and save money. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal is to improve the efficiency of an industrial or commercial space HVAC system. This can save a significant amount of money over the short and long-term. Even small improvements in energy efficiency can result in large savings and will also reduce a company's carbon footprint.
Fixing Poor Ventilation
One of the first things to consider when it comes to saving money on energy in a commercial or industrial space in Atlanta is ventilation. Proper ventilation is essential to having an energy-efficient operation going forward. Poor ventilation can cost businesses thousands of dollars each year in wasted energy. Inadequate ventilation can also lead to a host of other problems including the accumulation of unhealthy contaminants like fumes, dirt or smoke. In addition, mold can grow, resulting in health problems; or even cause structural damage to the actual building.
HVAC System in a Commercial Space
Here are a few ways to save energy with regard to a typical HVAC system in a commercial space. Begin by insulating air ducts as well as hot water pipes. Also check that the walls and ceilings are properly insulated. Make it company policy to keep all doors closed whenever the air-conditioning is running. When feasible, seal ducts that run through any spaces that are not air-conditioned. Always turn off any exhaust fans that are not being used as a way to reduce wear and tear and save energy.
Atlanta Commercial Real Estate Considerations
Equally important is to make sure that all HVAC equipment is properly cared for and maintained on a regular schedule. Regularly scheduled maintenance for commercial or industrial equipment is standard procedure. This should be equally true when talking about HVAC systems. Regular maintenance of an HVAC system will not only improve efficiency but also prolong the life of the equipment. Here are a few key strategies for maintaining a commercial HVAC system at optimal levels.
- Adjust the temperature whenever possible to maintain the highest levels of efficiency. Remember that even a few degrees of temperature change can result in substantial energy and cost savings.
- Try to replace all air filters throughout the system at regular intervals. Ultimately, filters that are dirty cost more to use. They also overwork the equipment and reduce the quality of the air indoors. Dirty air filters increase energy costs. Changing these inexpensive items is one of the easiest ways to save money.
- Have dampers adjusted and cleaned regularly. The improper operation of dampers is one of the most frequent problems experienced by companies that have large commercial HVAC systems in operation.
Contact Wiedmayer & Co. today to learn more about what you can do to improve the overall sales potential of your Atlanta commercial real estate.