The energy bills for a large commercial building can be significant. Even pulling those bills down by 5% or 10% can make a serious impact on the bottom line. Fortunately, there are steps that can be taken to reduce energy bills over the long run, and those steps might be surprisingly affordable. Some of your many options are outlined in the article below.


When it comes to industrial HVAC, no one does it better than Varney. With the expert teams needed to get the job done, and a long history of offering reliable commercial heating and air conditioning services, Varney should be your first call for any type of project in this space. 


Out with the Old

Simply put, old commercial HVAC equipment is not going to be as efficient as new gear. And, when HVAC equipment is not very efficient, it costs more to run because it consumes more energy and requires more upkeep and repairs. If you are currently running a system that is 10, 20 or even 30 years old, upgrading to new equipment can make a world of difference.


One thing to keep in mind when upgrading to new equipment is that you’ll not only save on energy bills thanks to added efficiency, but you should cut back on repair costs, as well. New equipment is likely to serve you well for many years to come with only minimal maintenance, so the savings can pile up when you finally move on from the old units that have reached the end of their useful lives.


Upgrade to a Zoned System

Heating and cooling an entire commercial property the same in all areas is destined to be inefficient. If you don’t have the capability in your current system to create zones that can be managed by individual thermostats, adding that ability will go a long way toward bringing your bills down.


This is another upgrade that pays off in multiple ways, as well. Not only can you spend less on energy because you aren’t being wasteful in areas of the building that don’t need as much heating or cooling power, but you’ll also be better able to serve the people who live or work in the space. Zone control makes it easier to dial in just the right temperature in various areas of the building, such as boosting the AC on the side of the property that gets direct sun, or backing off the heat in a room that tends to get warm.


Addressing the Air Ducts

Another possible upgrade that can make a big difference in a large commercial building is insulating the ductwork that carries heated or cooled air. If these ducts run through spaces that aren’t climate controlled, some of the thermal energy is going to leak away and the efficiency of your system as a whole will be diminished. Having insulation added is a relatively affordable project that can help you get the best possible performance from the HVAC equipment you already have in place.

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