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Take Care of Your HVAC System and It Will Pay You Back

If you own a commercial building, then you know how much it can cost to heat and cool it. The combined amount spent on energy for industrial and commercial buildings in the U.S. is about $400 billion annually. Commercial buildings aren’t always that efficient, largely due to their size, but in many cases due to their age. In fact, such buildings are so costly when it comes to energy efficiency that it is estimated that just a 10% increase in efficiency across the U.S. could save $40 billion a year. You don’t have to just live with these costs. There are some things you can do to try to improve the energy efficiency of your commercial buildings.

One of the most common and popular ways to improve energy efficiency in a commercial building is to add or replace insulation. For large buildings, spray foam insulation products are usually the best bet. Spray insulation is most cost effective and it also can provide the best results when it comes to energy efficiency. You can hire a company to do it for you or if you have someone on staff with experience, you could do it yourself. You can find a foam insulation machine for sale or there are spray foam rigs you can rent. Keep in mind that if this is likely to be a one-time job, it probably makes more sense to rent, but if you may be doing it fairly often, then buying a foam insulation machine for sale may be more cost effective.

Another thing you can do in your building to improve energy efficiency is to keep up with maintenance on your HVAC system. It’s estimated that up to 40% of a building’s energy loss is due to poor air circulation and filtration. That means it’s imperative that you have furnace filters changed regularly and that you get your ducts cleaned at least once a year. These types of tasks not only will improve energy efficiency, but they also can make for a healthier workplace for your employees.

It does cost money to do the things necessary to improve energy efficiency in your building, and it may seem like a cost you can forgo. But the investment you make up front will pay off many times over in the long run by reducing the money you spend on heating and cooling bills. That makes it well worth it.

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