Throughout history, building energy needs have changed and have increased over the last three decades. So, getting a reliable supply of electricity is top priority in every home or business, even if it is just used for achieving the right ambiance with lighting, or heating rooms effectively so that everyone has comfortable conditions in which to work or live in. The current changes we see come from the recent need to optimize and conserve resources for a cleaner environment today and for future generations.
The quality of energy consumed in commercial and domestic environments is the same. Even though electrical energy is the same across many environments, the dangers that electricity can pose can depend on the type of HVAC work that is completed. When we look at both residential and commercial HVAC units, they operate on the same principles and share many similarities. Commercial units have some key differences that make the more than just bigger versions of the AC in your house.
Residential energy intensity is defined as the energy used per square foot of living space. Commercial HVAC units are different and are designed to cool buildings far larger than the typical home, which requires a different approach than residential HVAC units. These commercial HVAC systems are designed to serve sizable buildings and significant numbers of people, which requires large and more complex system. Also, commercial units may have several thermostats spread throughout the building for different cooling, heating and ventilation needs.
A commercial HVAC is more complex than a residential home, so it’s important that you seek an Elite Heating and Air Conditioning qualified licensed technician who is experienced with repairing them, and one who is also a Trane Comfort Specialist. Residential HVAC units usually tend to be positioned on the ground level, while commercial units are usually located on the roof. The location on the roof provides protection from vandalism or theft, plus this gives the technician a place to work without disturbing the normal operations of the business.
Unfortunately, we are seeing electricity usage and costs continue to grow. In recent years, this growth in energy use is seen by the use of the different electrical appliances that are used in buildings. And while energy efficient appliances are becoming more common, we’re still seeing surges that are off the charts in terms of excess power that consumers are continuing to pay for.
In many cases a few simple actions to limit peak demand can help reduce your energy costs without sacrificing comfort in all residential and commercial buildings.
- Keep up with routine maintenance on your HVAC- It’s a good idea to schedule biannual service (Spring and Fall) with Elite Heating and Air Conditioning, a qualified HVAC service company. Our technicians make sure your system is operating at its most efficient settings and that the HVAC parts or components are in good working order.
- Change your air filters regularly- Changing your HVAC system’s air filters once a month, or as recommended by the manufacturer to help ensure your system has smooth, uninterrupted air flow.
- Operate your HVAC system at optimum and stable temperatures-According to the U.S. Department of Energy, setting your thermostat back 10 to 15 degrees for 8 hours at a time during the summer can save you 5-15% in heating bills each year.
- Use a smart thermostat or smart devices- Using a programmable smart thermostat or other smart device, you can adjust the times these devices are drawing power, in turn being more energy efficient.
- Use curtains, blinds and drapes to help control temperatures- Window coverings can reduce those hot summer temperatures from reaching inside and increasing energy consumption.
- Shut down computers-You should completely power down your computer if you are not going to be using if your 2 or more hours, this saves energy and money.
- Choose the right lighting- The use of an energy-efficient lighting design not only provides significant lighting savings, but also can reduce the cooling requirements for any building.
- Turn off lights-A general rule of thumb for an energy efficiency is that if you are going to be out of the room for 15 minutes, you should turn the lights off, this helps you to reduce electricity usage and help you save money.
- Unplug idle electronics-Even though appliances are plugged in, they still pull in energy from the wall and causes you to use more energy, which ends up costing you more money. For example, the refrigerator needs its constant power, but if you only use the microwave every few days, unplugging it after each will help you remain energy efficient.
- Use a power strip to save energy and eliminate “vampire power”-vampire power or standby power comes from appliances that leech energy even though they are shut off, this can account for as much as 20% increase on your monthly electricity bill.
All the differences with HVAC equipment, makes it critical that you contact Elite Heating and Air Conditioning, our technicians are experienced in all kinds of residential and commercial work if you have a residential or commercial HVAC system that requires maintenance or repair. Without experience working on commercial systems, other HVAC technicians may incorrectly repair or install components, fail to spot areas where maintenance or repairs are necessary or make other mistakes that could end up costing you more time and money.
So, be confident in knowing that Elite Technicians are annually trained as Trane Comfort Specialists, which means we are recognized for our superior service, installation, training, and customer satisfaction.
Most HVAC systems are designed to last up to 15 years, but with the right service from Elite Heating and Air Conditioning you can keep your HVAC running for many more years to come. Contact us now to learn more about our residential or commercial HVAC services.