Commercial HVAC Systems
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems collectively account for approximately 40% of the electricity used in commercial buildings. These systems often offer the greatest potential for energy and cost savings through upgrades or replacement. EDGE Energy has the capabilities and expertise to help you with either strategy. After performing a commercial energy audit, we’ll design the best solution to maximize your energy efficiency.
Before retrofitting a new system, we’ll consider taking the following steps to upgrade your existing system :
- Weatherizing your building: If we determine that your building will benefit from weatherizing, we’ll air seal it and add insulation where necessary.
- Air sealing the ducts: Based on your energy audit, we’ll know if your HVAC system can benefit from air sealing the ducts as well. If so, we’ll choose from a variety of techniques to seal the ducts tight.
- Adding control systems: Programmable thermostats, CO2 sensors, and multiple zones can all make your system more efficient.
Benefits of Installing a New Commercial HVAC System
HVAC technology has improved so much in the last few years that even if your commercial air conditioner is only 10 years old, you can save up to 20% on your cooling energy costs by replacing it with a newer, more efficient model. Installing a new HVAC system is often the more cost effective solution than trying to max out the efficiency of an old system. Using an HVAC system that is the correct size for your facility is especially important for energy efficiency. Over-sized systems result in major energy losses and inflated costs.
The federal Energy Star program has rated light commercial heating and cooling equipment, identifying for you those products that are the most energy efficient. Energy Star-rated products use 7–10% less energy than standard equipment, and can save you about $1.70 per square foot over the lifetime of the product.
Don’t continue to waste energy or money on an old or inefficient HVAC system. We can help you save on costs by boosting the efficiency of your system or recommending a new system that closely matches your needs. To start saving with a more energy efficient system for your building, simply contact us to speak with an EDGE Energy expert.