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Retrofitting HVAC Systems Saves Money and Improves Air Quality

Posted on April 19, 2012
by Wendy Stackhouse

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A research study performed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has determined that retrofitting large HVAC systems on the roof of a large commercial building could reduce the cost of heating and cooling from 25-25%. In these days of high energy prices, that is a huge amount of money!

Computer models were used to figure out the difference in cost based on use of capacity controls, demand-controlled ventilation, supply fan speeds and air-side economizers on four types of structures: supermarkets, strip malls, standalone retail stores and small office buildings.

The biggest difference in cost was found in small office buildings, which were projected to attain an energy cost savings of a whopping 46%. And one small office building in San Francisco could reduce its cost by 67%! The milder the climate where the building was located, the higher the level of savings. California, anyone?

There has never been a better time to think about saving money on energy costs for your commercial building. Having a clean ventilation system is an important—and easy—way to reduce the workload and energy use of your HVAC system as well as increase the lifespan of your equipment.

In California, AirTek offers Commercial Duct Cleaning services that can reduce your energy costs as well as improve the indoor air quality in your commercial building. We can send a highly-trained, professional team to your location quickly and efficiently and help you set up a maintenance schedule which will ensure your indoor environment is always clean and healthy and your energy bills are as low as possible!

Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!

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