As a building manager, it’s important that you pay attention to energy costs. With rising utility rates nationwide and the need for increased usage, being strategic about energy efficiency is more important than ever. Below are some practical tips that can help you save money on HVAC usage while keeping the entire system operating at peak performance all year long.
Keep an Eye on the Thermostat
The reason why thermostat wars exist is because employees have access to the unit. Ultimately, the thermostat wears out at an accelerated pace because it’s continually turned up and down, on and off. In the end, everybody complains, and nobody wins the battle. Therefore, as the property manager, it is up to you to determine what the appropriate temperature in the building should be.
Although there are several variables that should determine the final number (the structure’s floor plan, for example), most experts recommend 71.5 degrees. Therefore, once you establish the temperature, your best course of action is to lock the thermostat either through programming it with a password or to encase it inside a box.
Replace Air Filters as Needed
Changing the air filters as needed is non-negotiable in a commercial facility. There are several reasons why, but clean air for all employees is the most important reason. Clean filters reduce the circulation of allergens and contaminants in the air. If the filters are not changed, the air is dirtier; thus, the increased probability of employees getting sick or suffering from allergies.
Air filters also keep your HVAC system running smoothly. When dirt and dust infiltrate the system, it gets into all the components and adds wear and tear on the unit. Dirty filters also inhibit airflow. This puts pressure on the motor and makes it work harder to maintain healthy circulation. The result is an inefficient unit that leads to higher energy bills.
Preventative Maintenance is the Key
If you want to avoid costly repairs, then take care of small issues before they turn into big problems. You can accomplish this by hiring a certified and knowledgeable AC contractor to perform a routine inspection followed by preventative maintenance. Ongoing care is easy to perform, takes no time at all and it saves you the hassle of the system going out during the workday when everyone is in the office.
If you need to have your system inspected, then contact us at Kimbro Air today. Our licensed and skilled technicians can perform a full analysis of your HVAC equipment and make the necessary adjustments to keep it running at peak performance all year long. Call us today at 615-824-8098 and schedule an appointment or message us on our contact page.