Energy Savings Tips
"Tune-up" your heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC)
system with an annual maintenance contract. Even a new ENERGY
STAR qualified HVAC system, like a new car, will decline in
performance without regular maintenance. A contract
automatically ensures that your HVAC contractor will provide
"pre-season" tune-ups before each cooling and heating season.
You save energy and money, and your system may last years longer
with minimal costs yearly maintenance fees.
Regularly change (or clean if reusable) HVAC filters every month
during peak cooling or heating season. New filters usually only
cost a few dollars. Dirty filters cost more to use, overwork the
equipment, and result in lower indoor air quality.
Install an ENERGY STAR qualified programmable thermostat to
automate your HVAC system. This solid-state, electronic device
optimizes HVAC operation "24/7" based on your schedule, and can
be "overridden" as needed for unscheduled events. So consumers
and staff always enter a comfortable facility, this "smart
thermostat" can turn on the HVAC one hour before arrival instead
of heating or cooling unoccupied space.
Control direct sun through windows depending on the season and
local climate. During cooling season, block direct heat gain
from the sun shining through glass on the east and especially
west sides of the facility. Over time, trees can attractively shade the facility,
and help clean the air. Interior curtains or drapes can help,
but it's best to prevent the summer heat from getting past the
glass and inside. During heating season, with the sun low in the
South, unobstructed southern windows can contribute solar heat
gain during the day.
Use fans. Comfort is a function of temperature, humidity, and
air movement. Moving air can make a somewhat higher temperature
and/or humidity feel comfortable. Fans can help delay or reduce
the need for air conditioning, and a temperature setting of only
3 to 5 degrees higher can feel as comfortable with fans. Each
degree of higher temperature can save about 3% on cooling costs.
When the temperature outside is more comfortable than inside, a
"box fan" in the window, or large "whole facility" fan in the
attic can push air out of the facility and pull in comfortable
outside air. Fans can improve comfort and save energy year
Plug leaks with weather stripping and caulking. Caulking and
weather stripping let you manage your ventilation, which is the
deliberate controlled exchange of stuffy inside air for fresher
outdoor air. To learn more about indoor air quality in your
facility contact us for a free estimate.
Call us today!
We are located at 4465 Prairie Road Rockford, Il 61102