In recent years, there’s been a lot of attention placed on saving energy and reducing emissions. One way to do this is by retrofitting existing commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. With the fluctuations of the weather here in the Yukon and Oklahoma City area, your heating and cooling systems are vital, and running them probably represents a large part of your operating expenses. Call Bailey Brothers for an energy-efficient HVAC retrofit, so you can save money, energy, and the environment.
General Retro-Fitting Questions
What is a Conventional Energy Retrofit?
This approach addresses one system, such as the HVAC. These retrofits usually have a return on investment (ROI) of less than three years.
What is a Deep Energy Retrofit?
Also known as a deep green retrofit, or just “deep retrofit”, this approach aims to improve the energy efficiency of the whole building. By addressing multiple systems, such as lighting and HVAC, better energy and operating cost savings can be achieved.
What are Some Commercial HVAC Retrofit Examples?
Bailey Brothers evaluates each existing climate control system before making individual recommendations, but possible retrofits include automated controls, evaporative coolers, and energy-efficient equipment upgrades. We can also customize an HVAC design and build to maximize the energy savings of your facility.
Why are Energy Efficient Retrofits Needed?
Nearly 20% of all energy used in the United States is in commercial buildings, and more than a third of that energy is for HVAC systems. Commercial buildings also account for 17% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. On average, one U.S. office building’s annual energy cost is $1.51 per square foot. That’s a total of $75,500 per year for a 50,000 square foot facility. Given the increasing energy demands around the world, prices are expected to rise. While business owners can’t change this cost, they can take steps to use less energy, like HVAC retrofits.
What are the Benefits of Retrofitting an Existing HVAC System?
Reduced Energy Usage
If your heating and cooling system is operating more efficiently, it will use less energy. On average, commercial buildings waste approximately 30% of the energy they use. HVAC retrofits offer a huge potential for energy savings.
Lower Utility Bills and Operating Costs
If your company is using less energy, you’ll enjoy lower utility bills and operating costs. By reducing its energy use by just 10%, the 50,000 square foot office in the earlier example could save over $7,000 annually.
Reduced HVAC Repair Expenses
Newer, more energy-efficient HVAC equipment is less likely to break down, and will be easier to service than older models.
Reduced Carbon Dioxide Emissions
It’s estimated that if all commercial and industrial facilities improved their energy efficiency by just 10 percent, it would have the same impact as preventing greenhouse gas emissions of 30 million vehicles.
Improved Employee and Visitor Comfort
Reducing your HVAC operating costs means you won’t have to keep the heater turned down to save money. Improving energy efficiency makes it more affordable to maintain a comfortable environment for your staff and guests year-round.