Six Things Business Owners Can Do To Make Their HVAC System More Sustainable

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It's important for business owners to engage in sustainable practices like minimizing the environmental impact of their HVAC system for a variety of reasons. First of all, engaging in more sustainable practices is responsible and good for the environment. It's also good for PR because the public is becoming increasingly concerned with the environment and eager to work with sustainable companies. A third reason to be more sustainable is to reduce fuel consumption and thereby minimize overhead costs from utility bills. 

The following are six things business owners can do to make their HVAC systems more sustainable:

Investing in a thermostat that is programmable

A programmable thermostat can make it easier to control HVAC equipment even when you're not present at your commercial facility. You can adjust a programmable thermostat to changing schedules, and your programmable thermostat will help you to avoid energy waste that would otherwise result if you forgot to make an adjustment to your thermostat before leaving the workplace for the day. 

Switching out filters on HVAC equipment when necessary

One of the simplest and most important things to do to make your commercial HVAC equipment more efficient is changing out air filters when necessary. A dirty or clogged air filter will restrict airflow through the system and thereby make it so that the HVAC equipment has to work harder to get the job done. 

Having inspections and tune-ups performed regularly

You should have an experienced commercial HVAC technician on hand to come out to your facility and inspect your equipment on a regular basis. This way, you'll be aware of any maintenance needs and developing malfunctions that need to be addressed before they detract from system efficiency. 

Sealing up any leaks in HVAC ducts

Leaks can develop in your HVAC ducts that will waste conditioned air. These leaks need to be sealed up for your system to once again function optimally. 

Replacing HVAC equipment with newer models

As time goes on, commercial HVAC equipment becomes increasingly more sophisticated and efficient. If you're using old equipment, it's very likely that your equipment is not as efficient as it could be. Consider replacing your equipment and looking for Energy Star–certified commercial HVAC heating and cooling appliances to make your facilities more sustainable. 

Avoiding overuse

You might be able to significantly increase the efficiency of your commercial HVAC system by simply using it less. Turn your thermostat up a few degrees in the summer and down a few degrees in the winter.  A thermostat adjustment of just a few degrees can significantly reduce the energy consumption of HVAC equipment in many cases. 

Reach out to a commercial HVAC contractor to learn more.

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