5 Best Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency for Your Multi-Site Retail Location

5 Best Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency for Your Multi-Site Retail Location

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NTE Budget For FM's - CMI MechanicalEnergy efficiency is critical if you are going to maintain cash flow and maximize profits for your multi-site retail location. When the weather warms up, an inefficient building can increase overhead costs due to high utility bills. Partnering with an experienced HVAC company is one of the best things you can do to ensure that you are optimizing the building as much as possible for energy efficiency. Here are a few tips we suggest for your retail location:

Install Programmable Thermostats and Controls

entouch commercial thermostat - CMI MechanicalManual thermostat controls are inefficient, especially when you forget to adjust the temperature at the end of the day. There’s no reason to be maintaining the same indoor climate settings when the store closes and everyone leaves for the night. Installing a programmable thermostat not only makes it easy to set automatic temperature management throughout the day, but you can change the setting using a convenient app on your smartphone.

Invest in HVAC Equipment with High Energy Efficiency Ratings

Commercial HVAC Rooftop UnitEven though it might cost a little more money up front to invest in quality equipment, the rating on your HVAC equipment will have a direct impact on your utility bills. When you are installing a new system or upgrading older equipment, make sure to ask about the energy efficiency ratings and how they will affect your utility costs.

Proper Insulation

Having a good HVAC system is just the first step. Next, you need to be sure that the heated or cooled air will be held within your building. When poor insulation is installed, it results in drafts that affect indoor temperature. As a result, utility bills go up because the HVAC system needs to work harder to make up for the indoor climate changes that are occurring. Choose quality insulation to reduce the strain on your heating and air conditioning system.

Implement A Preventative Maintenance Program

Preventative Maintenance by CMI MechanicalA little bit of prevention goes a long way to reducing the wear and tear on your HVAC system over time. You’ve invested in good equipment, so the best thing you can do is to be proactive in avoiding unnecessary damage to the system. Tune-ups, parts replacement, and cleaning are all essential services that can help. Not only will maintenance improve the energy efficiency and performance of the HVAC system, but it is also beneficial to extend the lifespan of the equipment.

Consider A Variable Refrigerant Flow System

The performance varies depending on the size of your building and the equipment used, but it’s been found that a variable refrigerant flow system can reduce energy usage by as much as 40 – 50%. These energy efficiency benefits are widely known around the world, which is why VRF technology is often used in Europe, China, and Japan – and is gaining popularity here in the United States. At CMI Mechanical, we are committed to providing the highest quality of national and local services for our clients. If you need assistance with installation or maintenance on your HVAC system, then you are welcome to contact us for information about available services. Schedule a consultation by calling us at (303) 364-3443.

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