Published On: Mon, Jan 16th, 2017

5 Ways to Make Your HVAC System More Eco-Friendly

Well, maintained ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can do wonders for your energy bills, staff health, and carbon footprint. If you want to reduce your emissions in the office, these tips will help.

Change Your Air Filter

Check your air filters at least once per month and change them completely every three months. Dirtier filters will slow down the flow of air, which means the system has to work harder to keep your workspace warm or cool. This will reduce your energy consumption and prevent dust and debris from building up and causing more serious damage.

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Installing a programmable thermostat will give you greater control with regards to room temperature. According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), the optimum work temperature lies somewhere between 16 and 24 degrees – leaning more towards the latter in office environments. Having the right temperature in the workspace will boost productivity and ensure you get more out of your workforce. In addition, it gives you the flexibility to automatically program your system to a less strenuous setting when everyone leaves.

Seal Your Ducts

The ducts that actually shift your air around are often the biggest energy wasters. Even just a small air leakage means that your system has to push harder. Sealing and insulating your ducts properly will reduce your air conditioning and heating bills by approximately 20{e88244077211f5cf386568f3ad5b57103e4615e1fa16c8b0cbbe056d2742b3e9} – sometimes even more.

Replace Old Equipment

If you have an HVAC system that’s currently 10 or more years old, it may need replacing or upgrading. ENERGY STAR qualified equipment can reduce your bills and emissions by hundreds of pounds each year. Hire a specialist to assess the quality of your system and what can be done to make it better. Sometimes all it takes is a simple minor upgrade to give it a whole new lease of life.

Conduct an Annual Tune-Up

Just like any other piece of machinery, an annual tune-up will do wonders for your company’s energy efficiency and running costs. Book an appointment with an HVAC specialist at least once per year to ensure everything is up to scratch.

Installing an HVAC system could be one of the most cost-effective investments you could ever make. If you’re planning on taking this approach do not conduct the installation yourself unless you have professional experience. ENERGY STAR states that improper HVAC installation can reduce system efficiency by up to 30{e88244077211f5cf386568f3ad5b57103e4615e1fa16c8b0cbbe056d2742b3e9}.

The Carbon Trust estimates that energy bills have doubled for businesses over the past ten years. Going green is as much about business survival as it is saving the environment. The technology to make a difference is already available – LED light bulbs that reduce bills and emissions by 74{e88244077211f5cf386568f3ad5b57103e4615e1fa16c8b0cbbe056d2742b3e9}; meters and thermostats that allow us to monitor our energy output; solar panels that can generate the majority of our hot water and electricity – sometimes we just need a gentle nudge in the right direction.

If you haven’t already, look for a clean energy supplier. SWALEC currently provide a service called SSE Green, which can provide businesses with 100{e88244077211f5cf386568f3ad5b57103e4615e1fa16c8b0cbbe056d2742b3e9} environmentally friendly energy. Click here to find the SWALEC customer contact number and make the switch.

Our planet is already in a state of disrepair. The question that remains isn’t, “What can we do to fix the problem?” but “What can we do to stop making it worse?” Until we all work together and start actively trying to make positive changes, our planet will continue to suffer.

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