How a New HVAC Unit Can Decrease Operation Costs
As a business owner, you’re always on the lookout for new and innovative ways to make operations smoother, more reliable, and of course, less expensive on a day-to-day basis. One excellent route for cheaper operations that business owners have been taking in recent years is pursuing a “greener” approach to their energy usage.
By installing more efficient bulbs and replacing old, outdated toilets with low-flow models, you can save big on monthly energy costs for your establishment. However, one potential major source of savings is often overlooked: your HVAC system. By changing out your commercial HVAC units for a newer, more efficient model, you could find yourself the recipient of some serious savings in the long run.
Installing a New HVAC Costs Less Than You Might Think
In most commercial buildings, an HVAC system can easily make up more than 30 percent of the establishment’s monthly energy costs. This is often incredibly disproportionate compared to the dozens of other computers and electronic devices that you require on a day-to-day basis.
Installing a new HVAC system is often a daunting task. Installation can cost thousands depending on the size and model you’re buying, and no business owner likes to drop that much cash at once on a single upgrade to the premises. However, when you’re selective about which unit you’re purchasing, you could find that installing a new HVAC more than pays for itself over time.
The first figure you’ll need to pay attention to is the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) score of both your existing unit and any unit that’s on your shortlist of potential replacements. This figure combines a wide range of variables about the make, model, size, and power of a machine to predict how efficient it will be throughout the seasons. The higher the score, the more efficient a model will be. Better efficiency means more savings over time, so a higher rating than your current model should be one of your main criteria when shopping for a new unit. Using just this scoring system, you can get a rough idea of the size of your potential savings by taking a look at an energy savings calculator. By upgrading a SEER 10 unit to a SEER 18 unit, you could save well over $2,000 over the span of 15 years, according to this simple tool.
These savings help the new unit pay for itself over time, but what about that hefty initial price tag for installation? Fortunately, there are a number of ways to save at the beginning of the process, too. This largely depends on how you choose to pay for your new system.
Those who opt to pay in cash may enjoy a considerable rebate from some HVAC sellers, heavily slashing the overall price of installation immediately. Those who don’t prefer to pay in one lump cash sum may find sellers that offer 0 percent interest financing for HVAC units for businesses, leaving you with low monthly payments while you still enjoy the monthly savings your new unit has to offer.
Other Cash Saving Tips
Installing a new HVAC is an almost surefire way to up the efficiency of your building, but it’s not the only way. In some cases, you may already have a fairly new unit, and changing it may not give you the results you’re looking for, financially or otherwise. If you already have a modern, up-to-date HVAC unit in your business, there are still ways to optimize operations to save cash over the years. Some of these include:
- Adding VAV boxes for airflow control
- Implement under-floor air distribution
- Use sensors to determine occupancy and only cool rooms accordingly
- Always remember to invest in regular maintenance and inspections
By investing in new, upcoming technology for your building, you can ensure your energy waste is at a minimum and that you and your employees are still enjoying cool, comfortable buildings while your bank account accrues your monthly savings.
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Making the right decision is the name of the game, and sometimes you simply need expert advice to choose the right products. At Howard Air, our professionals are here to advise, guide, and install as needed to ensure you’re getting nothing but the best from your HVAC experience.
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your existing system with all the bells and whistles, or you’re on the hunt for a new unit entirely, we’re here to have your back and get you the results you need and deserve. Contact us today to learn more about our commercial HVAC units for business.
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