If you perform an energy audit on your commercial building, apartment building or hotel, you’ll likely find that heating is your largest load over the winter months. Reducing this cost is a priority for facilities managers. But, comfort can’t be compromised. Here are four tips into how energy-efficient upgrades can assist you in reducing the cost of running commercial heating systems while keeping client satisfaction high.
Perform a Building Envelope Inspection
Before you consider any upgrades to your commercial heating systems or domestic hot water systems, a building envelope inspection should be carried out. This is a comprehensive inspection of your building that looks for potential leaks and worn or insufficient insulation. It is an important process because no matter how efficient or modern your heating systems are, they’re going to have to work much harder than they should if your building is drafty or cold, so you won’t reduce your costs as much as you could.
Change the Fuel Type for Your Commercial Heating System
Commercial heating systems can use a wide range of fuel types and, therefore, it’s worth considering a change to a more efficient or renewable energy source. For example, electricity is very efficient as all the fuel consumed is transformed into heat. As states like New Jersey continue to enthusiastically incentivize solar and renewable sources of electricity over coal and fossil fuel, so it also becomes a more eco-friendly fuel source as well. On the downside, it can be costly.
It may be worth looking into your local government’s solar and renewable energy incentives to see how your organization can participate in order to reduce these costs. Besides, it’s also a great marketing opportunity as demand for Greener buildings continue to rise.
Upgrading to a Higher AFUE
A simpler project that requires a significant capital investment that will pay off over the long-term is to upgrade your commercial heating systems to equipment with a higher AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency). AFUE values of more than 90% (less than 10% fuel wastage) are considered the benchmark for modern high-efficiency boilers and heating systems, with older systems performing at around 60% AFUE or lower (more than 40% wasted fuel).
Installing Advanced Domestic Hot Water Control Systems
With a steam and hydronic heating control system, even older buildings with steam heating systems can be made more cost-effective and energy efficient by actively and intelligently reducing waste. They achieve this through:
- The implementation of an integrated system that is designed to meet the building’s specific heating requirements,
- Boiler sequencing and modulation to operate boilers at peak efficiencies,
- Active water meter monitoring,
- Day/night programming with defined peak and light load interval, and
- Minimized cycling to save fuel.
Put Your Building’s Commercial Heating Systems in Professional Hands
Tri-Tech Energy is an established commercial HVAC and commercial heating system company in New Jersey with a reputation for professionalism, expertise, and competency. We’ve been working on commercial and industrial projects, including new builds and renovations, for decades.
For more information on our company or services, which also include domestic hot water control systems, boiler servicing, boiler installation, and custom maintenance plans and mechanical services, please contact us today and speak to a qualified commercial HVAC contractor or visit our website at https://www.tritechenergy.com/