Commercial central heat and air conditioning systems take a significant portion of your monthly energy budget. This is why it’s important to ensure its efficiency — both to keep your energy bills as low as possible and to ensure the comfort of your tenants, employees, and customers. In today’s post, local HVAC company M & M Heating & Air Conditioning Service Co. takes a look at the factors that may affect commercial HVAC efficiency.
1. Old HVAC Systems
Old heating and cooling systems are not expected to be efficient as they were when new. This is why property owners or managers need to keep up with their utility equipment and make sure that they’re replaced when they’re at the end of their life span. Typical commercial HVAC systems are expected to last 10 years, but you can get a few more years out of them with proper care and maintenance.
2. Improperly-Sized HVAC Systems
HVAC systems need to be sized according to the spaces they need to heat and cool. An undersized furnace or air conditioner would be running at full capacity at all times, consuming high amounts of fuel or electricity, and may still be inadequate. The constant state of strain can also lead to early failure. On the other hand, an oversized HVAC system would turn off and on too often, resulting in uneven indoor humidity levels and increased strain on the system.
3. Poor Building Insulation
Buildings need insulation and thermally efficient construction to maintain consistent indoor temperatures, which helps prevent uncomfortably cold or hot spots. Proper insulation also helps reduce thermal transfer between indoor and outdoor spaces — the cause of heat loss during the heating season and heat gain during the cooling season.
4. Not Accounting for Waste Heat
Some types of commercial properties house equipment that generate high amounts of wasted heat. Servers, industrial equipment, and lighting are all examples. Not accounting for these heat sources can result in uncomfortably warm areas and higher cooling requirements. HVAC systems can increase cooling requirements while maintaining comfort for the occupants.
Call M & M for Your Heating and Cooling Needs
M & M Heating & Air Conditioning Service Co. provides HVAC services, including heating repair, to customers in Stockton and the surrounding communities. Give us a call at (209) 952-6580, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.