5 Common Commercial HVAC Mistakes That Waste Energy

A commercial HVAC system that’s working properly and is well-maintained can prevent wasted energy, thus improving your commercial property’s energy efficiency and helping you save on utility costs. In this blog, heating and air conditioning company McMaster shares some common yet avoidable HVAC mistakes that waste energy.

Keeping the HVAC System Running at Full Capacity During Off Hours — Unless the occupants are running a 24-hour business, there is no reason why the heating and air conditioning systems should be kept running at full capacity when the spaces are unoccupied. Make it a point to ask your tenants about their work schedules and program the thermostats accordingly. Certain rooms such as a server rooms will, of course, require continuous cooling.

Malfunctioning Dampers — Dampers are the part of the building ventilation system that controls the rate at which air passes through the ducts and into the rooms. Over time, dampers can get stuck in one position, or their control systems may accidentally get disconnected during troubleshooting. Make sure your HVAC technician inspects and cycles all dampers at least once a year as part of its routine maintenance.

Poor installation — Certain HVAC system issues are due to installation mistakes. To help protect yourself against such problems, you have to make sure you’re hiring a commercial roofing contractor with considerable experience, good customer feedback and a limited warranty that includes coverage for installation errors.

Limescale in Boilers — Minerals in the water can form calcified deposits known as limescale. This is common in containers that heat or store hot water, including boilers. Your HVAC contractor should include limescale removal as part of their maintenance routine. Also, consider upgrading to a more efficient heating system that doesn’t use water, such as a heat pump or a furnace.

Leaks in the Ductwork — Leaks in ductwork typically occur at the joints and in long runs of flexible duct material. Unfortunately, they aren’t readily noticeable since they aren’t visible, and are therefore easily neglected. Make sure your annual HVAC maintenance routine includes testing for duct leaks.Call McMaster for Your Commercial HVAC Needs

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