September 06, 2011
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today formally announced a new program to help commercial and industrial building owners increase the energy efficiency of their rooftop air conditioners. The HVAC Partners Program trains heating, ventilation and air conditioner (HVAC) technicians to use advanced diagnostic tools as part of a national standard that improves rooftop air conditioner maintenance.
Depending on the existing condition of the rooftop unit, cooling cost savings can be as high as 30 percent following maintenance using these tools.
“This program is building an infrastructure of trained HVAC experts who – using advanced diagnostic tools – can help businesses maximize energy savings through their rooftop air conditioners,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “Proper maintenance of these systems involves much more than just changing a filter.”
NYSERDA's HVAC Partners Program has trained more than 70 contractors across the state to use advanced diagnostic tools so they can provide maintenance on rooftop air conditioners that meet the ANSI/ASHRAE/ACCA 180 Standard for Quality Maintenance. The inspection and maintenance tasks outlined in this standard not only improve the commercial HVAC rooftop system performance and efficiency, but also identify procedures to provide healthy air quality and comfortable temperatures.
The advanced diagnostic tools allow technicians to more precisely confirm air flow and refrigerant levels before and after maintenance is performed.
The first quality maintenance project under the new program was performed by TAG Mechanical on a 5-ton rooftop unit at Associated Builder & Construction in East Syracuse. Brian Bulriss, TAG's senior technician, used an advanced diagnostic tool that identified a number of issues. Based on the information from the diagnostic tool and the inspection, the contractor corrected the issues, and Associated Builder & Construction is expected to save as much as 20 percent in rooftop air conditioning system operating costs.
Bulriss said, “I appreciate NYSERDA's HVAC Partners Program because it allows me to spend the right amount of time on a piece of equipment, and do my job right.” He believes that focusing on quality maintenance standards will enhance the company's service agreements while increasing customer and employee satisfaction. “By participating in NYSERDA's program we are now able to expand our business model to incorporate these enhanced services, and we now have the tools to differentiate ourselves from other HVAC contractors,” he added.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
Last Updated: 01/17/2014