Maximize Benefits and Reduce Costs with HVAC Preventive Care and Maintenance
It’s official. 2019 was the second-hottest year on record, registering a worldwide average temperature that was 1.71 degrees above the 20th century average. Far from an isolated incident, 2019 was part of a warming trend that goes back to 1880 and accelerated after 1981. With temperatures rising, demand for air conditioning is also climbing, even in traditionally temperate countries like Germany. In fact, some experts predict that demand for electricity stemming from residential and commercial air conditioning will increase more than 140% by 2050.
Climate experts have long recognized the harmful effects that air conditioning can have on the environment. In 1989, the Montreal Protocol mandated the phase-out of numerous chemicals harmful to the Earth’s ozone layer, including R-22, a refrigerant commonly used in older HVAC units. More recently, climate advocates have proposed running air conditioning on solar power to further cut carbon emissions.
In response to the Montreal Protocol, HVAC manufacturers have switched to R-401A, a more environmentally friendly refrigerant. In addition, manufacturers are producing more energy efficient units that cut carbon emissions while yielding significant savings in energy costs, not to mention keeping tenants, employees, and customers comfortable. Approximately 50% of a home or building’s energy use stems from heating and cooling use, so these changes have the potential to make a serious dent in carbon emissions.
While buying energy-efficient units is a good first step, you also need to keep your HVAC units well-maintained to realize maximum benefits to the environment and your business. Hiring a professional company that provides a wide range of services, including emergency repairs, zone cooling, heating, and new installations, can help with both the cost savings and environmental benefits of investing in an energy-efficient HVAC. In addition, keeping your HVAC units in good working order will reduce the number of needed repairs and the amount of energy they consume, which can, in turn, significantly reduce unexpected expenses that adversely affect your budget.
As more people rely on air conditioning to cope with global climate change, facilities will need to make some smart investments in sustainable technology to reduce their carbon footprint. Acquiring energy-efficient HVAC units or keeping what you have well-maintained is an excellent way to contribute to a healthy environment while keeping your bottom line in check.
RWS offers facilities a variety of services to keep your HVAC units performing at peak levels. Check them out here.