Running a business is no easy task, even on the best days. On top of keeping everything running smoothly and putting out figurative fires, you have to make sure the business earns a profit. Below are a few ways to increase profits in your Montreat, NC, business with increased energy efficiency.
Change the HVAC Filters
Changing the air filters in your HVAC system regularly does wonders for energy efficiency. You should replace or clean air filters at least once per month. You can easily remind yourself about this task by setting a reminder on your phone or writing the date of replacement or cleaning on a calendar or the filter itself.
When your air filter is clean, the HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to heat your business in the winter. Additionally, clean air filters maintain the indoor air quality of your business. Clogged or dirty air filters allow allergens, dust and other pollutants to circulate within your business’s indoor air, making people ill and making those with allergies miserable.
Complete an Energy Audit
Knowing where, when and how your business consumes energy is a step to take before deciding to reduce energy consumption. To do this, gather your energy bills for the past three years and look them over for any patterns. While spikes occur with the changing seasons, are there any that you can’t connect to seasonal changes?
Does anything indicate your HVAC system is wearing out and becoming less efficient? While reviewing your past heating bills can take some time, it’s time well spent when you discover ways you can save on your energy consumption.
Upgrade to Programmable Thermostats
Programmable thermostats are a great way to help your business become more energy-efficient. You can program the temperature to be lower at night when no one’s in the building so you don’t waste energy.
Programmable thermostats that use smart technology detect the presence or absence of people in the building and adjust the temperature accordingly. Smart programmable thermostats also take into consideration weather forecasts for the upcoming days and adjust accordingly.
Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
Having a professional service technician perform regular maintenance on your commercial HVAC system greatly increases energy efficiency. Proper maintenance can reduce your HVAC system’s energy costs by as much as 40%, depending on the system and equipment. Putting off maintenance or part replacement will greatly reduce your commercial HVAC system’s energy-efficiency, and putting off maintenance and part replacement long enough leads to the HVAC unit’s breakdown.
Seal Heating and Cooling Ducts
Properly sealing heating and cooling ducts goes a long way toward improving the energy efficiency of your HVAC unit. Leaky ducts reduce your heating and cooling system’s efficiency by as much as 20%. To start, focus on the unprotected areas of your building, such as under the building or unheated storage spaces.
Take Advantage of Sunny Days
Letting the sunshine in on sunny days helps save money. Even though it’s cold in the winter, the sunlight can still heat rooms, so raise those blinds and shades and tie back the curtains. Even if you don’t have solar panels on your roof, sunlight coming through your windows is energy gained.
With natural sunlight helping to heat the rooms within your business, your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard or as long. Close the blinds, shades, or curtains before the sun goes down to help keep warm air indoors.
Use Fans to Move Air Around
Unlike AC units, fans don’t create colder air; instead, they move air around. When you use fans to move air around, your heater doesn’t have to work as hard to heat the rest of the space. Since heat rises, you can reverse your ceiling fan to push air back down and circulate it around the room.
You know you can’t trust your business’s HVAC system to just anyone, so why not trust someone with decades of experience? Contact Gentry Heating, Inc. (now Gentry Service Group) today for your HVAC service needs. We can install and maintain your system and even do emergency repairs.
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