The dog days of summer have officially arrived and the heat on. With temperatures topping 90˚F, air conditioning use is on the rise and cooling bills are hitting record highs.
“As the weather heats up, there are several ways to keep your business cool, while also keeping your energy bill low,” says Harvey Stoller, vice president of Airdex, Inc., a New Jersey based company that services air-conditioning, chillers, computer room units, boilers, heating, and refrigeration systems. “Keeping your HVAC running efficiently doesn’t need to be complicated. With the right knowledge, you can be proactive and prevent air conditioning issues before they arise.”
The following tips can help to keep employees and clients cool and energy costs low this summer.
HVAC system inspection. Make sure your HVAC system is running smoothly and operating at its full potential. If your air conditioning system is not functioning in its ideal state, your energy costs will increase.
Filter maintenance. Be sure to check the air conditioning filter often and replace immediately when needed. Stoller notes, “If your HVAC system is running more frequently as it does during the summer, you may need to change your filter more often. Some systems need a filter replacement two or three time a year, not just annually.” Being on top of filter maintenance will allow your unit to run more efficiently and ensure that the air being filtered from your system is as clean as possible.
Outside maintenance. Most air conditioning systems are housed outside of a building, which makes them more susceptible to buildup that can interfere with the unit. Rodents, dirt, debris and even plant/tree roots can damage your system and cause costly repairs. “A thorough check of the area where the unit is located will prevent major damage and keep your air conditioning running smoothly during these hot summer months,” said Stoller.
Thermostat. Be sure the thermostat is working properly and reading the right temperatures. If not, you are at risk of using more energy than necessary to keep the building at a cool temperature. Also, consider a programmable thermostat that keeps the temperature low during work hours and higher at times when employees are not in the building. Stoller continued, “Having your thermostat checked is an inexpensive maintenance procedure and can save you a significant amount of money over the course of a year.”
“Many summer air conditioning problems can be avoided with proper maintenance, but sometimes it’s more cost effective in the long run to update and replace your system,” concluded Stoller. “Consult with a professional air conditioning technician to find the best solution for your business. By being proactive, you will save energy, money and headache this summer.”