It is something that has to work every day, it costs you money every month just so it will work, when it breaks down it costs a lot of money to get going again, and in most cases, it doesn’t directly account for any revenue. No, it isn’t a lazy employee, it is your HVAC system, and it is arguably the most important part of your building.
It is a money pit, but only on the surface. However, with some thought, a little HVAC preventative maintenance, some investments, and a few improvements, your HVAC system can run efficiently and effectively and not cost you so much money in the long run.
Here are 8 things you can do to cut your HVAC costs:
- Write some energy saving policies – Regardless of your business size, where you operate, or what you do, if you don’t have written energy saving policies, you are missing a huge opportunity to reduce costs. Energy use is a variable cost and therefore you have some control about how and when it is used. Get these guidelines written down and develop a plan that can help save you energy and money.
- Continually audit for energy-saving practices – Your building will change over time as will how your HVAC system uses energy. Your business and your policies should change with it to make sure they are effective.
- Educate your employees – They most likely aren’t wasting energy on purpose, but if they haven’t been properly trained on energy reducing procedures then they can have a negative impact. Getting them to pitch in, follow the energy saving policies you developed in part one, and do their part to reduce costs will go a long way toward reducing that impact.
- Use programmable thermostats – Smart technology is revolutionizing how businesses and homeowners can monitor and control their HVAC use. If your business won’t be open for a certain amount of time, you can set your HVAC remotely to use as little energy as possible when you don’t need it.
- Make repairs promptly – Skating by for a few months when the heater is making a noise, or when the AC isn’t cooling as it should seems like a sneaky way to save money but in the long run, it isn’t. You could be further damaging your system when there is an unresolved issue.
- Schedule periodic maintenance – When your heating and cooling systems are operating at peak efficiency, they are costing you the least to run on a daily basis. In fact, taking a proactive approach to your building maintenance is the key to preventing costly repairs down the road.
- Perform an energy audit – Gather and assess your energy bills for the last 2-3 years and look for any spikes in consumption or seasonal trends.
- Find a trusted HVAC professional to keep on call – John’s Service and Sales can help you with all of these suggestions and our technicians are trained to spot dozens more ways you can make your HVAC system more energy efficient.
Call John’s Sales and Service today for a free consultation and find out how we can help you save money on your HVAC costs.