How to Save Energy in a Commercial Building

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A commitment to energy efficiency and environmentally responsible practices in your commercial space help deliver improved air quality, extended comfort and savings on energy costs.

Did you know that about 12% of greenhouse gas emissions come from commercial and residential energy usage? The Energy Information Administration estimates that if commercial and industrial buildings improved their energy efficiency by 10%, our country’s economy could see yearly savings of almost $20 billion – wow!

Here are five great ways to save energy in a commercial building:

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A yearly tune-up or maintenance check is critical in saving costs. Experts, like our professional service technicians at Custom Aire, will make sure your HVAC unit is running smoothly and will notify you if your system needs an upgrade. Our expert knowledge will also give you additional tips on how to best conserve energy, and therefore reduce costs.

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Have a Programmable Thermostat

Did you know that with a programmable thermostat, you can save up to 10% on your heating and cooling costs? By turning back the dial as little as 10-15% for 8 hours a day, you’ll start to see your energy costs go down big time!

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Regularly Change Your Filter

It’s best to have an HVAC professional check your filter monthly, and even more frequently in the winter and summer when it’s used more often. If your filter is dirty, it will slow down airflow and make the system work harder, which will waste energy and money! Clean filters will also prevent dust and dirt from accumulating.

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Install Properly Sealed & Fitted Ductwork

It’s vital to make sure that your ductwork is properly sealed and fitted specifically to your building by a mechanical contractor, like Custom Aire. Also, it is essential to make sure any doors, windows, etc. close tightly and seal well. The less cool air that escapes thru the cracks, the less energy you’ll waste, the more comfortable you’ll be, and the more money you’ll save!

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Go Geothermal

If you are in the planning, renovating, or retrofitting stages of a commercial building project, consider geothermal heating and cooling. When it comes to geothermal benefits, energy savings of 25-40% is just the tip of the iceberg. These systems take up less space, will qualify you for LEED points, and will maximize earning potential for the building owner.

If your commercial building is in need of HVAC and mechanical contracting services, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Custom Aire, your local expert in commercial HVAC solutions.

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