Did you know that the way you use your thermostats affect how efficiently your HVAC system operates? Commercial buildings often have strict temperature requirements in order to maximize the comfort of everyone in the space. During seasons with extreme weather, like the hot summer months we’re experiencing now, using your thermostats correctly will make your HVAC system run more efficiently and save you money on your monthly energy bills.
To understand a bit more about why this is, let’s first take a few steps back. The thermostats tell your HVAC system how to operate – when to turn on, when to turn off, and the exact temperature your building needs to be at different points throughout the day. You may think it’s as simple as turning the thermostat down when you want a room to be cooler and turning it up when you want the air conditioning to switch off, but it can be a bit more complex than that.
If you’re a business owner and you walk into your shop first thing in the morning, after having the air conditioner set to a higher temperature all night, it probably feels very hot and stuffy. You want to cool the place down as quickly as possible, so your instinct might be to set the thermostat to a number that’s lower than your desired temperature. But this doesn’t make your space cool down more quickly. In fact, it causes your air conditioner to work harder and longer to reach the temperature you’ve set, wasting energy and leaving you with higher monthly costs. The same thing is true for heating in the winter – setting your heating to a warmer-than-average temperature will not warm up your space more quickly, but it will cause your heating system to work overtime and leave you with higher bills.
We recommend setting the thermostat to the exact temperature you want it to be while you’re in the space. So, when you open in the morning after leaving your air conditioner on 80°F overnight, and you want your building to be at 70°F, simply put the thermostat on 70°F – it’s not necessary to set it any lower. For commercial spaces we do not recommend shutting the air conditioning system off entirely overnight, because the next morning it will have to work too hard to get the air back to the desired temperature. Instead, set the thermostat to a higher number, around 80°F, before leaving in the evening.
Another thing that affects the efficiency of your HVAC system is constantly adjusting the thermostat, even if the adjustments are small. Getting the right temperature in a commercial space can be tricky, and you’ll always have people complaining that it’s too hot or too cold, but continuous thermostat adjustments will make your air conditioner work harder and waste energy. Instead, we recommend choosing one temperature and sticking with it.
Sometimes, the thermostat itself is the problem. Thermostats need regular maintenance like any other system in your building, and if your thermostat is more than 10 years old, it may be time to upgrade to a more energy-efficient system.
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