HVAC maintenance is imperative for keeping down costs and ensuring your facility is running efficiently, yet many business owners operate with the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality which ends up costing them thousands of dollars in replacement and energy costs each year. In California, some utility companies are working with a company called PECI to change that. PECI is currently running a program for a utility in CA called HVAC Optimization, which was developed between PECI, some California-based utilities and the HVAC industry. The HVAC Optimization process improves thermal comfort, indoor air quality and energy efficiency.
The program is meant to help commercial customers understand the need and benefits of implementing long-term, high quality HVAC maintenance. Due to the economy, many businesses have been cutting HVAC maintenance in order to save money; however, by eliminating this expense, they end up costing their companies more in the long term. Even if the HVAC unit (s) doesn’t require replacing, it can drain money due to running inefficiently. Approximately 40% of commercial buildings’ energy consumption is attributed to its HVAC system. That is a significant cost.
California is usually ahead of the curve in implementing energy efficiency programs, and is currently the only state to run the HVAC Optimization program. This kind of program can have impact anywhere, so there is the potential for it to go nationwide. The long-term goal of this program to is to educate business owners so they can better understand and recognize the value they receive by maintaining their HVAC system. To learn more about the program, please use the following link:
The preceding information was taken from a blog titled ‘Talking HVAC Optimization with Senior Program Manager Emily Pearce’ and can be read in entirety at the following link: