Frequently Asked Questions
- What does HVAC stand for? HVAC is short for Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning. HVAC is most often used to depict the whole heating and cooling system consisting of the duct work, air filters, humidification controls and vents.
- Why is regular maintenance important on my HVAC system? Just like a vehicle, you would never assume to never have to check tire pressure or change the oil. Your HVAC system is similar as it is also a mechanical device with a motor and electrical components. It is essential to have routine maintenance of your commercial system by a qualified technician. If not maintained properly, even the best heating & air conditioning equipment could experience complications and become less efficient over time.
- How can commercial HVAC contractors help save me money? Whether you choose to have new equipment installed in your commercial building, or you are looking for a regular maintenance service, commercial HVAC services can help keep costs down in your building. If you are looking to have new HVAC systems installed our heating and cooling experts can help you choose energy efficient products that will help you heat and cool the areas in your commercial building efficiently. When it comes to maintenance, regular maintenance can help your system run to its best ability. By keeping parts working correctly, cleaning out vents, and replacing equipment as needed, the cost to run your HVAC system can decrease.
- What is a SEER rating and what does SEER stand for? Look for the SEER rating on new air conditioners. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating. The higher the rating, the more efficiently the air conditioner operates and less energy is used.
- What is an economizer and how does it work? The majority of load in a commercial building is cooling. Simply put, the economizer utilizes outside air to cool the building when conditions are favorable, shutting off the mechanical refrigeration which consumes the most energy in an HVAC system. This is also known as “free cooling”
- Does replacing my older commercial HVAC system reduce my energy costs? Older and less efficient HVAC systems tend to have higher operating costs. This can be because equipment has a low efficiency rating and therefore consumes more energy, or because older equipment is incapable of running as efficiently as it might have in its prime. Regardless of the cause of operating inefficiencies, there is often an opportunity to reduce costs by replacing an older unit. It can be a company’s chance to cut energy costs. Some of our recommendations are – 1) Invest in the right unit for your business. Start by having your system assessed by a trained professional. This will allow you to purchase and design the right system for your business. High-efficiency systems use less energy and run less costly utility bills. 2) Recalculate the energy load on your building. Over time, the building and its use are likely to have changed since the previous system was installed. Reevaluating your building’s energy load may help you reduce your replacement costs, as you might not need a large system. Simple measures like reducing the lighting level, insulating windows, and sealing duct leaks may decrease the strain on your system and will translate into energy savings. 3) You should have a professional evaluate your equipment in order to ensure that all the components of your system are proportionate to your energy needs. Sometimes equipment used in your operations will emit heat and add stress to your air conditioning system.
- Maintaining your refrigeration equipment can potentially save between 5 and 10 percent on energy costs. According to Focus on Energy, commercial refrigeration can account for as much as 50 percent of a restaurant’s total energy bill. The company contends that by implementing routine preventive maintenance, restaurant operators can save between 5 and 10 percent on refrigeration energy costs.