The New Year is a time for fresh starts. What better way to begin 2017 than refreshing the air you breathe daily with a new high efficiency HVAC system?
With so much of your businesses monthly budget being dedicated to energy, it makes sense to look for ways to increase energy efficiency and reduce costs. Installing a new high-efficiency HVAC system in commercial buildings is one of the most effective ways to increase energy efficiency. In most cases, they can save you 20 to 30 percent on your heating and cooling costs.
Just as there are many types of HVAV systems, there are many different types of high-efficiency systems: air conditioners, heat pumps and geothermal systems.
Furnaces & Air Conditioners: Many older furnaces operate around 65% AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency), while new high efficiency systems offer AFUE ratings well over 90%, saving your wallet and protecting the environment. AFUE indicates how efficiently the gas is converted into heating energy. Air Conditioners are rated by SEER, or Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. Other efficiency indicators to consider are the governments Energy Star rating, which indicates the rated system has been certified to be energy efficient as possible.
Heat Pumps: Traditionally, heat pumps are considered highly efficient. They work on the principle of capturing heat and moving it around, taking it outside to cool and bringing it back in when heating. The cooling functions are rated by SEER and the heating functions are rated by HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor).
Geothermal System: Geothermal Systems are based on a heat pump, but conduct heat transfer through a system of pipes buried about 6 to 10 feet into the ground. This allows them to keep the same temperature year round making them highly efficient. Heating functions of geothermal systems can reach an astonishing 300 to 400 percent energy efficiency level.
When choosing your system you also want to ensure that you are choosing the correct size. The size is always going to depend on the usable square feet of the building and the amount of regular occupants. As you can imagine, choosing the wrong size will affect your comfort and your energy bill. SACK can perform a load calculation to help you choose a properly sized system.
Lastly, you want to choose an effective control system.
Programmable thermostat: This is electronic and gives you precise control over your HVAC system. They can be scheduled to a certain temperature before you arrive in the morning and to another when you leave at night.
Demand or CO2 sensors: These devices regulate ventilation based on how many people are present in the building, or how much CO2 is in the air. This ensures better indoor quality and a more efficient HVAC operation.
Zoning Systems: By separating your building into zones, you can regulate temperature based on what temperature the people in that area are comfortable at. In zones that are not occupied, it is possible to reduce or completely shut off the heating and cooling.
The bottom line is that high-efficiency systems often pay for themselves in just a few years. At SACK, we believe it is our responsibility to educate our customers on the right HVAC system for their business needs. We pride ourselves on keeping customers comfortable, reducing their energy costs and also being available 24/7 for any HVAC shortage or outage they may experience. If we can help you with your existing HVAC system, or help you install a new high-efficiency system, call us today at (912)871-COOL.
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