With HVAC energy consumption accounting for more than 40% of a commercial building’s total energy use, it’s no wonder so many facility managers are reading up on ways to optimize this systems efficiency. These are lots of ideas out there, many of which are considered best practices for a manager to follow. But if you are looking to be more proactive, check out the ideas listed below.
Also, be aware that not every strategy may be right for every building. A good way to get started is with an energy audit, which will produce targetedrecommendations for optimizing commercial HVAC energy consumption. Read on below to find out more!
RunYour HVAC System Strategically
Its high noon and high temperature, and so naturally your buildings AC is running. However, this strategy is also running up the demand charge on your electricity bill. This is the part of your bill that refleсts the maximum amount of power you might need at any single point during the month. It ensures your building gets all the energy it needs at all times.
Your demand charge is based on your peak electricity usage during a billing period. Runningmultiple HVAC units at full capacity during the hottest time of the day requires a huge amount of energy which increases your demand charge.
CoolYour Building With Ice
There’s a growing interest in an alternative method of cooling called thermal energy storage which freezes water overnight. At night, it’s important you cool the solution circulating through tubing in insulated tanks of water. Ice builds up on the submerged coils and by morning, the tank is frozen.
During the day, a warm antifreeze solution is circulated through the same tubing and is cooled by the surrounding ice. The resulting chilled fluid either cools the building directly or is used to cool air distributed through ducts.
Do you want to optimize your commercial buildings HVAC system consumption? Look no more and follow the tips mentioned above which will save you money and also produce a financial gain.