Want to Improve Building Efficiency? Start with an HVAC Assessment
If you went to the doctor with a sore ankle, and your doctor never asked what prompted the pain or given an X-ray, you’d probably be skeptical if you learned you had a broken bone and they put your ankle in a cast.
Although there’s a chance the diagnosis is correct, there are also many other potential causes for a sore ankle, and without collecting all of the information, there is no definitive way to know which part of your ankle is injured or what exactly is causing the pain. The doctor must perform a proper assessment to be able to fix the problem and ensure it will not happen again.
Now, let’s consider that anecdote to illustrate the benefit of an HVAC assessment for commercial building owners and facility managers throughout the Southeast who would like to improve energy efficiency and control operating costs. While there are some general suggestions and best practices any expert could make to help meet those goals, it’s impossible to identify exactly where energy is being used and where things could be improved without an expert’s review of your facility’s systems.
Understanding the operational assessment
You may wonder what an HVAC operational assessment involves if your building has never had one performed. An operational assessment is a strategic overview of a facility’s entire HVAC system by trained professional technicians to identify trends and highlight potential issues by focusing on historical and current usage data, utility costs, and maintenance records.
The assessment includes testing and analysis of the current system’s mechanical health, identifying areas where repair, replacement and/or upgrade could provide improved efficiency or performance. An expert will evaluate building automation and analytics systems, including all controls. If an energy engineer is involved in the assessment, they will review opportunities for energy rebates, enhancing comfort, and improving redundancy and reliability.
How your building can benefit from an operational assessment
An operational assessment provides the ideal foundation for future maintenance as well as capital expenditure planning.
It also provides a benchmark understanding of your commercial HVAC system’s usage and cost patterns, which helps identify its projected lifespan as well as its current capacity.
Finally, your HVAC service company will note maintenance recommendations, replacements, and upgrades in a prioritized list for facility managers to improve building energy efficiency and system performance.
The list will include both low-cost actions that can be taken immediately to provide return quickly as well as long-term projects that will need to be planned and budgeted for, but that will also provide a valid ROI upon completion.
The assessment also uses the expertise of your commercial HVAC company to identify steps that may not yield an adequate return in the form of building efficiency or lower operating costs. Just as it’s important to know what will help your facility, it’s useful to get professional insight about what may not be a benefit based on your building’s unique circumstances.
Start your energy efficiency goals on the right foot this quarter, and contact our team of experienced HVAC professionals in the Pensacola, Florida area today to learn more and to arrange an operational assessment for your commercial facility in the Southeast.