We may be past Labor Day, but in many parts of the country the summer heat is still beating down. With temperatures in the 80s and 90s every day, it can be difficult for facility managers to keep energy costs down. While you don’t want your employees to suffer from the heat, the summer power bill can make your head spin. Luckily, there are many ways in which you can lower your summer energy costs without sacrificing comfort.
MaintenX technicians don’t like the summer heat any more than our clients do. HVAC units typically break down in the summer from overuse; not the time when our technicians want to be working on the rooftops all day. We recommend preventative maintenance services to clients throughout the year to avoid costly HVAC breakdowns and elevated power costs. In addition to taking care of your equipment and appliances, you can implement these changes to reduce your power bill until autumn:
Research solar energy alternatives.
The days may be getting shorter in late summer, but the sun is still out past closing time for most businesses. If you haven’t looked into solar energy alternatives, now is the time to do so. Solar energy installations can be expensive, but the cost-savings in comparison to conventional energy are unparalleled. Plus, many states and municipalities offer incentive programs for small businesses that incorporate solar energy into their building design.
Install a smart thermostat for your office space.
A great deal of energy is wasted in office spaces due to inefficient heating and cooling. Some offices don’t touch their thermostat at all, letting the cold air blast through the night. Others will constantly change it, making their HVAC units work harder to adjust to the ever-changing temperature. The most efficient way to manage your office’s temperature is with a smart thermostat. These thermostats can be programmed to change according to your office’s needs and preferences. They are a “set it and forget it” solution that can help cut down your power bill in both summer and winter.
Replace your outdated air conditioning unit.
If your power bill is through the roof, your outdated AC could be to blame. Most facilities don’t replace AC units frequently, meaning that your unit could be overworked and inefficient. Maintenance experts recommend replacing your AC unit every 15 to 20 years. However, if you live in a hot climate that expiration date may be sooner. The next time a MaintenX technician visits your facility, request an HVAC inspection to see if your unit needs an upgrade.
Schedule regular AC maintenance.
Even if your AC isn’t in need of an upgrade, it could very well need maintenance in the late summer. If you’re experiencing problems at this time of year, call your MaintenX technician for a maintenance checkup. The technician will check and replace the filters, examine pipes and connections to prevent leaks, and alert you of any major repairs required. Basic preventative maintenance can extend the life of your unit and help to lower energy consumption due to an overworking unit.
If you have questions about how MaintenX preventative maintenance services can help you, contact us today for a consultation.