As energy costs continue to rise, finding ways to save money on cooling bills has become a priority for many businesses and homeowners. Every penny counts but business owners must weigh the cost of cooling against the comfort of their employees and customers. Here are a few summer money-saving tips so you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for savings.
- Upgrade to an Energy-Efficient HVAC System
If your HVAC system is over 15 years old, consider replacing it to prevent leaks and costly repairs. When upgrading, choose an energy-efficient system with proper Energy Star-certified installation. Size matters too—avoid oversized units causing excess humidity or undersized ones straining to maintain temperature.
If you have a newer system, schedule regular professional servicing. By investing in yearly, or bi-yearly servicing, you can avoid most major costly repairs by catching the problem early.
- Control Airflow
To optimize your HVAC system and reduce cooling costs in commercial settings, consider investing in custom dampers. These devices have adjustable blades that regulate airflow, allowing you to manage air movement effectively.
A backdraft damper is often recommended for commercial spaces. It enables one-way airflow while preventing reverse flow, ensuring that cool air doesn’t circulate back toward the HVAC system. This minimizes energy consumption and helps cool air reach its intended destination efficiently.
- Ensure Effective Window and Door Sealing
Even small cracks in window and door seals can result in significant air leakage, causing your HVAC system to work harder and increasing cooling expenses, particularly during hot summers.
Signs of inadequate sealing include drafts from closed windows and doors, noticeable gaps around frames, and the presence of insects, dust, or moisture near windows or doors. To make sure your business is sealed tight, consider hiring a professional to conduct a blower door test. This test assesses the airtightness of your building and identifies problem areas.
- Embrace Renewable Energy
Solar energy is the most common and accessible renewable option. Installing solar panels brings multiple benefits. They have improved aesthetics, are more efficient, and effectively reduce cooling costs by relying on natural energy instead of non-renewable sources.
The main obstacle to adopting solar energy is the initial investment. However, leasing panels through a Power Purchase Arrangement or buying them outright can pay off in the end, with savings on electric costs and potential tax breaks within a few years.
Quigley technicians are experts in servicing, installing, and evaluating the HVAC needs of commercial and residential structures. Contact us for a free evaluation of your HVAC system and recommendations for a new energy-saving system if it’s time for an upgrade. And if you are wanting to maintain your existing system, find the HVAC maintenance plan that fits your needs.
Trust Quigley with all your HVAC needs whether they be in your home or business.