Summer is fast approaching, which means small businesses need to start evaluating energy costs for the year. This is because nearly 85% of commercial facility power costs come from two different systems. Can you guess which ones they are?
The two most expensive energy consumers in a commercial facility are lighting fixtures and HVAC systems. Most other appliances are used the entire time during operating hours. Plus, HVAC systems can last for up to 20 years, meaning many that are currently installed in buildings are outdated. Unless you are in a new building with an energy-efficient HVAC system and smart lighting, you are likely spending most of your energy on these two necessities.
In addition to the total electricity costs, these two systems come with expensive installation and maintenance costs. Unlike your plumbing or water treatment systems, lighting and HVAC require routine maintenance that can be hard to keep up without professional help.
- Installation – Installation costs for HVAC and major lighting systems can be tremendous if you’re not careful. The best way to reduce these costs is to choose a reputable equipment dealer and a strong installation team that will get the job done right.
- Financing costs – Most commercial HVAC systems and some lighting systems are more expensive than you can afford upfront. Factor in financing costs before making a new equipment purchase.
- Maintenance – General maintenance, including repairs and parts replacement, are a part of any electrical system. Preventative maintenance adds upfront costs to your system, but can help you save in major repairs and emergency parts replacement later on.
- Resale or replacement – Once your lighting fixture or HVAC system is no longer performing, how much will it cost to replace it? Will you be able to salvage or sell parts to recoup some of the investment? These are important questions to ask when evaluating the cost of lighting and HVAC systems.
If you want to cut energy costs for good, talk to your MaintenX team about preventative maintenance and energy-efficient upgrades for your HVAC and lighting systems. We offer turnkey installations and preventative maintenance planned service to keep facility costs down without sacrificing your needs. To learn more about our preventative maintenance and installation services, contact MaintenX today.