Smart devices and technology can help push HVAC energy savings to new heights.
The opportunities for cost reductions through HVAC energy savings are significant. According to Ben Shepard of FacilitiesNet, energy savings through reduced waste saved one hospital more than $25,000 per year. It may seem like implementing hospital-like systems is impossible in commercial sectors, but it is not. As facilities management grows more complex, Facilities Managers should focus on how to achieve the most significant energy savings through smart technologies.
HVAC Systems Are Susceptible to Premature Failure Without Proper Maintenance
When a facility’s assets begin to malfunction, it is easy to place them on the back burner. Unfortunately, deferred maintenance is a significant cost for all entities. As explained by Naomi Millán of FacilitiesNet
Smart Technologies and Systems Enhance HVAC System Efficiency
Smart building systems are a significant stride in regulating temperature and controls of HVAC systems, explains Jennifer Behrt of Facility Executive. Intelligent sensors and smart thermostats can be used to eliminate the chance of human error in adjusting settings, and smart fans can reduce energy demand. Furthermore, Facilities Managers may deploy smart building solutions to track average energy use for a given climate or change in outdoor temperatures, optimizing operations of HVAC rooftop units.
Essential Tips to Maximize Energy-Saving and Asset-Enhancing Benefits of Smart Building Systems
The best way to maximize energy savings through smart building systems is to get information and apply data insights to reduce runtime. While this might not be possible during the hottest days, Facilities Managers can take steps to extend asset health and minimize energy use. Some additional tips for maximizing energy savings, explains Link Labs, include:
- Identifying outdated equipment, which often relies on manual controls and uses energy inefficiently. Facilities Managers should create an extensive list or inventory of equipment used in the HVAC system, and compare the inventory list against new models.
- Conduct an energy audit and facilities condition assessment. An energy audit helps Facilities Managers understand what is and is not working energy efficiently, and a facility condition assessment reviews the overall status and “condition” of facility assets. Furthermore, the implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) -based sensors and platforms can make gathering data easier and automated. As a result, future audits can be conducted faster.
- Prioritize HVAC system needs based on both short-term and long-term costs versus savings. Since priorities may vary from building to building, Facilities Managers should identify the impact of repairs or upgrades on capital spend, using the information to obtain C-Suite support for such improvements.
Leverage More HVAC Energy Savings With a Facility Retrofit Now
Upgrading and retrofitting HVAC units can help your organization unlock greater HVAC energy savings. Furthermore, modern innovations in facilities management, like wireless sensors, have driven down the cost of an energy audit and retrofit. To learn more about how your organization can pick the low hanging fruit in HVAC energy savings, visit ENTOUCH online or by calling 1-800-820-3511 today.