The obvious answer is that “green” appliances and systems can help reduce the carbon footprint of a building, as well as reduce long-term energy costs. But, how does that actually work? And are there any other reasons to switch to green HVAC systems? Below, we’ll explore the answers to these questions, and help you make the right choice for your facility’s unique budgetary and heating/cooling needs.
What’s your carbon footprint?
The term “carbon footprint” is thrown around in many discussions of environmental sustainability. It applies to both individuals and businesses, but businesses often get criticized more for increasing or failing to reduce their carbon footprint. However, the topic is more nuanced than facility managers may think.
Your facility’s carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gasses used at your facility, both directly and indirectly. Your HVAC system in particular may generate greenhouse gas waste in the refrigerants it uses, as well as the electricity source it needs to operate. Your carbon footprint can also be impacted by indirect sources, such as the raw materials your facility uses or the pollutants created from supply chains.
Reducing your facility’s carbon footprint requires careful attention to detail. Choosing an energy-efficient or “green” HVAC system is one way in which you can make a significant, immediate impact on your carbon waste. Green technologies are also proven to help reduce energy costs. These cost savings will continue to grow as fossil fuel-based energies become more expensive. However, these are not the only reasons to make the switch.
Other reasons to switch to green technology:
- Significant tax breaks – Many state governments as well as the federal government provide a number of tax incentives to invest in green technologies. Some states provide greater benefits than others, but every business should look into the benefits of upgrading to Energy STAR certified appliances.
- Help phase out R22 refrigerants – R22 refrigerant was once the standard for HVAC refrigerants, but it has since been shown to deplete ozone levels significantly. The EPA has made manufacturing or imports of R22 illegal and is actively encouraging companies to phase out the use of R22. The sooner you switch to an environmentally friendly unit, the more you’ll be able to save from the rising costs of R22.
Green HVAC technologies can provide numerous benefits to your facility and to your community. To learn more about your upgrade options, including installation and maintenance services, contact your local MaintenX team today!