How To Improve Your Building's Cooling Performance

In an ideal world, you have an air conditioning system that is perfectly efficient at cooling your commercial space. There are several ways that you can adjust your cooling system to get close to this ideal. 

Make Sure Your AC is Efficient

First of all, check the performance of your air conditioning unit. If it's an older unit, make sure that it meets the current guidelines for Energy Star efficiency. For units that are 10 years old or older, it's often a great investment to upgrade your entire unit; these units are so far behind in their energy efficiency that the costs can be recouped fairly quickly. 

At the same time, a few small maintenance tricks will greatly improve your current AC's performance. Before the summer hits, be sure to clean your cooling coils and refill the refrigerant.

Another part of air conditioner efficiency is making sure that the AC system is strong enough to cool your space efficiently. Check with a commercial AC units specialist to ensure that the size of your air conditioner is enough to keep up with cooling demands for your space. 

Keep Up with HVAC Maintenance

Regular HVAC maintenance can also improve cooling needs. If you do an HVAC inspection with your contractor's help, you can pinpoint areas where cool air is escaping from your HVAC ductwork. You can also troubleshoot any vents that aren't working properly. Finally, a filter change and ductwork cleaning can make your HVAC system more efficient and healthier. 

Invest in a Good Thermostat

A great thermostat goes a long way in improving cooling efficiency. For instance, when you get to the office, you may tend to crank up the AC to get the space cooled quickly. Your space may get too cold before you have the chance to shut off the cooling system. If you have a modern thermostat that allows you to program the air conditioner, you can have the AC come on before you get to the office so that you arrive to a cool space. And small adjustments for employee comfort will be more possible. 

Do an Energy Audit

Another helpful option is to do an energy audit in your building to check the condition of your current insulation. These specialists will check for gaps in your insulation and suggest improvements. The areas around doors and windows are particularly vulnerable to cold air escape, although the walls can also let cold air out if they have cracks or inappropriate weather stripping. 

For more information, contact HVAC & R Solution or a similar company.

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