As beautiful as Michigan’s seasons are, they can also bring sweltering hot, or freezing cold, temperatures along with them.  True Michiganders understand the importance of having a fully-functional heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system to manage these extremes.

For many businesses, over 25 percent of the energy consumed is used for heating and air-conditioning, therefore it’s important to keep HVAC systems properly maintained. In addition, having air conditioning and heating systems that perform well creates a more comfortable atmosphere for your employees and customers. Maximize the comfort of your office, while minimizing costs, with these HVAC maintenance tips:

  • Tune up HVAC equipment. Just as a tune-up for a car can improve gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats are ideal for areas that are regularly unoccupied during set periods. Rooms that have minimal traffic, such as stock rooms and warehouses, should be kept cooler in the winter and warmer in the summer.
  • Improve boiler insulation. New insulation materials, such as ceramic fibers, insulate better and have a lower heat capacity (enabling for more rapid heating). When combined with modern heater circuit controls, improved insulation can result in savings from six to 26 percent.
  • Repair steam distribution system leaks. Without regular inspection and maintenance, steam distribution piping networks often have leaks that go undetected. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that repairing leaks in an industrial steam distribution system will lead to energy savings of five to 10 percent.

Here are more energy efficiency ideas to help your business thrive no matter what’s in the forecast.