Commercial HVAC Costs

How You Can Lower Your Commercial HVAC Costs

Are you facing high utility bills on your commercial HVAC system? Business owners can spend a good chunk of their electricity bills on heating and cooling a space, which cuts into profits. To prevent such an over-reach from your HVAC system and keep your utility bills low, you need to figure out how to maximize the energy efficiency of your commercial property in Silsbee, Texas. Let's consider some of the ways you can do that.

Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance

The simplest way of keeping your commercial HVAC costs low is to make sure that the system doesn't break down. You can lessen the likelihood by scheduling regular HVAC maintenance and identifying and resolving performance issues before they magnify into costly repairs. Annual tuneups in the spring and fall should keep your HVAC system functioning smoothly.

Install New HVAC Equipment

If your HVAC system is more than 10 to 15 years old, it is time to replace it. As old HVAC units tend to use more energy, they will cause your electricity bill to increase. Upgrade to the latest, energy-efficient HVAC model, and you will see an immediate difference. Just make sure that your new unit has a SEER rating of at least 16 or more and an ENERGY STAR logo.

Use a Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat gives you precise control over the room temperatures in the different sections of your commercial premises. You can decide the amount of heating and cooling each section requires and, thus, cut down on energy waste. Also, stopping unnecessary HVAC operations reduces the stress on the unit and prevents equipment failure.

Revamp the Building Insulation

While building insulation is mandatory, many buildings only have the minimum required amount, and that may not be sufficient for preventing air leakage. Your HVAC system will then require more energy to compensate. Improving your insulation and resealing your ductwork will make a real difference in keeping the energy costs down.

For more information on maximizing your energy efficiency and lowering your commercial HVAC costs, email the Thermacon Service Company, Inc., or call us at 866-797-1535.

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Top 6 Advantages of Using a Smart Thermostat at Home

Are you considering upgrading to a smart thermostat in your Orange, Texas home? Smart thermostats provide many benefits that help make your life a bit easier when it comes to home automation. Let's take a look at six of those benefits.

Remote Adjustments

You can control the temperature of your home remotely by downloading the app compatible with your smart thermostat to your smartphone or mobile device. With the app, you can adjust the temperature of your home remotely. Controlling the temperature while away gives you the ability to raise or lower the temperature before arriving home.

When you leave the house for the day and no one is occupying it, no need to waste energy running the HVAC system to heat or cool your house. On your way home from work or vacation, simply use the app to set the thermostat to a comfortable temperature.

Smart Learning

Smart thermostats have sensor technology that helps them learn your schedule and behavior. Instead of having to program the thermostat yourself, the technology knows when you rise in the morning, leave the house, as well as when you return.

Using this technology, the smart thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature for the action you are taking. You can have peace of mind knowing that the temperature is just as you like it when you get out of bed, when you get home, and after you fall asleep. It knows when you are not there, and sets the temperature for a no occupant level. You will save money not wasting energy.

Receive Weather Alerts

If the weather suddenly changes when you are away from home, such as an incoming cold front or imminent heatwave, the smart thermostat sends an alert to your mobile device. Receiving an alert allows you to contact someone to go to your home and wrap the pipes so they don't freeze, or to put your outside plants in the shade so they don't dry out. You can help protect your home with the alert feature provided by the smart thermostat.

Get Energy Tracking Reports

In general, you spend more money on your energy bill than any other utility bill. Smart thermostats send you energy tracking reports that detail which area of your home uses the most energy. In addition, you can see what times of the day the energy use rises.

With this knowledge, you can adjust the temperature to compensate for excess use; you can add window shades to hold warm air in and to keep hot or cold air out, or have extra home insulation added to that area. Knowing where and when your home uses energy will help you save money.

Connects to Other HVAC Accessories

Instead of just having your smart thermostat control the temperature and send alerts, choose one that also adjusts other HVAC accessories, such as your air cleaner or humidifier. If humidity levels increase while you are away, the thermostat can make adjustments to the humidifier so it can wring out more moisture from the air. It can also turn on your air cleaner if smog or smoke saturates the outside air. Using your smart thermostat to connect to other home automation devices gives you peace of mind that your home is comfortable all day long.

Voice Commands

If you have voice-activated home automation devices like Alexa, use the technology to connect to your smart thermostat to adjust the temperature. No need to get up from your easy chair to control the temperature, simply ask Alexa, or other voice-activated speakers, to do the job for you. If you are too warm, use the voice command feature to tell the thermostat to lower the temperature and vice versa if you are cold. You can rest comfortably with voice commands for your smart thermostat.

Home automation and smart thermostat technology are rapidly evolving. Feel free to ask us about new features. We can also help you learn how to use your smart thermostat. Give our friendly team at Thermacon Service Company, Inc. a call today to schedule an appointment to have us install your smart thermostat or to have your HVAC system maintained. You can easily reach us at 866-797-1535.

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