If you have a business frequented by the public, keeping a cool space in the sweltering heat of summer is a good way to attract a crowd. However, a continuously running commercial air conditioning system can become expensive very quickly. To help keep your energy bills under control in the summertime, your building’s Duluth HVAC system needs to be kept well maintained, but there are some other things you can do as well.
Turn it up
By turning the thermostat up one degree in the summertime, you can still keep your building cool and save money on your energy bills. If you don’t use the extra energy, you won’t have to pay for it, so increasing the temperature by one degree can make a difference on your energy statement.
The ideal temperature for your HVAC system in the summertime is about 75° Fahrenheit. This temperature will keep the building cool and comfortable. If there are extremely hot days in which this temperature does not feel comfortable, lower it by one more degree to help cool down the building.
A programmable thermostat is a good investment because during the hours your business is closed, you can raise the temperature even more in order to save money. If there is no one in the building after business hours, don’t pay for cooling, or heating, that you don’t need.
Recycle Your Cold Air
If your HVAC system has a recycling feature, using it can help lower your energy costs. Most systems draw in hot air from outside and cool it down before distributing it throughout the building. However, this takes more energy to do, which means it costs more to cool the air. Recycling already cool air will help reduce your costs.
To make this feature even more efficient, change or clean the air filters on a regular basis. You should clean them once every two weeks, but you can also do it on a monthly basis to help your system run better.
Block out the Sun
Use awnings over your display windows or blinds on office windows to help block out the sun’s rays. When projected through glass, the sun’s rays will heat the interior of your building, forcing your air conditioning system to work harder to keep your building cool. You can also use sun-reflective film on windows to block out sun rays. By blocking the sun from shining through the windows, you will keep the interior of your building cooler.
By using these tips, you can help reduce your energy costs and keep your building comfortable for your customers, as well as your employees. It will also reduce the strain on your HVAC system, helping it to last longer as well.