The winter season is unpredictable, and nobody knows what frigid weather may be coming in 2013-14. Accurate Air is pleased to offer a short list of tips for commercial building owners and operators to help them save on their energy bills this season.
Here are Accurate Air’s six tips for keeping buildings more comfortable and more efficient this winter:
1. Inspect each HVAC system: Clean and perform regular maintenance to keep systems running more efficiently. Scheduled maintenance will keep equipment running smoothly and also keep utility bills down. Filter changes are a must: in addition to protecting the equipment, it will improved efficiency and indoor air quality while reducing repair costs. Also check drive belts for wear and proper tension to prevent frozen coils or a reduction in airflow.
2. Seal air leaks: Make sure that windows and ducts are properly sealed to prevent heat loss. Keep heat in by caulking, insulating, and applying weather strips to doors and windows.
3. Standardize indoor temperature: Put an end to the thermostat wars by determining the most effective standard indoor temperature and assigning one person to control it. A popular alternative is to use a remote sensor located in the space which cannot be tampered with. The thermostat can be located in an office or secure area and will now control the space from signals sent by the sensor. Or consider adding lock-boxes for each thermostat or adding a remote monitoring service and letting someone else control it.
4. Prevent equipment freezing: Identify equipment that is vulnerable to freezing and prepare it for cold weather with proper drainage and/or freeze protection. Hot water baseboard and radiant systems may have anti-freeze added to alleviate concerns of freezing pipes if the facility is left unattended on long weekends or shutdowns of extended periods of time.
5. Review building automation systems data: Utilize data from the building automation system to measure all mechanical systems’ performance, and make repairs when equipment performance drifts out of an acceptable range.
“The winter season presents a unique set of challenges, with everything from warm spells to freezing temperatures,” said Jack Wildt, service manager of Accurate Air. “Consistent maintenance and ongoing modifications help owners and facility managers identify problems quickly and save costs in the long term.”
Are you prepared for the upcoming winter season? Have you tried any of these helpful tips to help save on energy bills?
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