Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
It takes energy to keep a commercial building safe and comfortable. There are a lot of moving parts, literally. The HVAC system can account for approximately 25% of energy costs in a typical office setting. Besides keeping the HVAC system well maintained, there are other things you can do in a building to reduce your energy costs. Here are some things to think about when you are determining what you can do to reduce your monthly energy bills.
The Building Envelope
The physical state of the building and its integrity should always be taken into consideration. The building envelope is the physical membrane that separates the inside from the outside. How intact is it? How can it be reinforced? The main components are walls, floors, doors, windows and skylights. The envelope is basically the entire “skin” of the building. Anywhere that air can get in or out should be addressed and minimized. Are the windows drafty? Are there any air leaks near the pipes and conduits? Is there enough insulation? How is the integrity of the roof? Are there any water leaks anywhere? If your HVAC system is being taxed by an energy inefficient structure, it’s an uphill battle. Do everything that you can to ensure the structural integrity of the building. A structurally sound building is more conducive to a comfortable environment. If a building is in tip top shape, your HVAC system will run smoother. An efficient HVAC system his will keep your occupants comfortable, and your energy costs in check.
What else uses a lot of energy? A buildings electrical system should be properly maintained to reduce monthly costs. Proper maintenance includes checking the transformers, distribution panels, wiring, and keeping the lights clean and dust free. A building’s lighting system can account for up to for 20% of the monthly energy usage. Using sensors or timers may help reduce costs by making sure the lights go out when the occupants leave for the night.
The Bottom Line
When it comes to the overall energy efficiency in a commercial building, the building envelope and the HVAC system should be the top energy consumption priorities. The experts at B & C Mechanical Services of Olathe Kansas will make sure that your commercial HVAC system is running at peak efficiency. We will regularly check your ductwork, registers, fans, blowers, electrical connections, air filters and everything in between. Take care of your HVAC system, so it can take care of your occupants and protect your investment. B & C Mechanical Services is here for all your heating and cooling needs.
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