Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems
Lower your heating and cooling costs with improvements to existing systems or upgrades to new, more efficient technologies
How it works
Heating and cooling are the largest energy expense for businesses. By properly maintaining equipment or upgrading to higher-efficiency HVAC systems, you can improve your building’s energy performance, especially when combining them with an effective building envelope. For an existing system, preventive maintenance and tune-ups can extend the life of your equipment. Tune-ups should occur one or two times a year and can be completed by trained staff or an outside contractor.
If your HVAC system is more than 10 years old or is reaching the end of its useful life, consider upgrading to a newer, more energy-efficient model. You will need to understand your heating and cooling loads to ensure you purchase a system properly sized for your building.
For the greatest efficiencies and savings, consider clean heating and cooling options, such as heat pumps. Heat pumps offer a cleaner alternative to conventional HVAC systems and can provide up to 100 percent of your heating and cooling needs. They work by drawing heat from the environment and moving it indoors to heat or moving it outdoors to cool your building.
How you benefit
- Lower your operating costs through reduced heating and cooling expenses
- Improve employee productivity and comfort with better climate control and air quality
- Decrease maintenance and repair time by extending the life span of your equipment
- Reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner community
When you should consider it
Improvements or upgrades to HVAC systems may be good for your business if you are:
- Experiencing issues with efficiently heating or cooling your building
- Making upgrades to your building envelope
- Managing HVAC systems that are more than 10 years old
- Undergoing a renovation or new construction project
- Trying to obtain or improve a green building certification for your building
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