If you're a business owner with an office, you probably already use commercial services for the maintenance, repair and installation work of your HVAC system. But do you know every single way you can keep your customers and clients comfortable and cool? If not, here are some ways you can save money on your air conditioning costs this season.
Choose Your Lighting Options Carefully
Lights bulbs are an often-overlooked area of the office where business owners can save a noticeable amount of money. By switching from incandescent or traditional light bulbs to cooler running (and much more energy efficient) CCFL and LED light bulbs, the indoor area will heat up less in the summer time. This means the air conditioner doesn't have to run as hard or as long, which leads to energy and cost savings.
Block the Sun
Stopping the sun's rays from penetrating the indoor area may not always be practical, especially if you have a storefront with items and information displayed through windows. But if conditions allow for it, close the blinds around windows that see a lot of the sun's harsh light. This will keep much of the sun's heat from warming up the office, which will result in naturally lower indoor temperatures.
Upgrade your HVAC Unit
According to energystar.gov, if you replace an HVAC unit that's more than ten years old with a brand-new Energy Star rated unit, you can save up to 20% on your annual heating and cooling costs. You can increase this savings by choosing the most energy efficient model available, which will usually be a geothermal HVAC unit. However, not all commercial properties will allow for the installation of a geothermal unit. If this is the case for you, there are still high performing and energy-saving units available that will likely result in dramatic energy cost savings for your business.
If you're interested in what commercial services can do for you when upgrading or replacing your business's HVAC system, contact our team at Griffin Heating & Air Conditioning today.