MN Energy Smart

Energy-Saving Opportunities

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

Proper maintenance plans can provide significant energy savings. Performing an annual tune-up, replacing filters, checking pipe insulation, and checking controls will keep energy consumption to a minimum and will help extend the life of the system. There also numerous other energy savings opportunities associated with HVAC systems. These opportunities vary based on the age and type of the system that is in place. Newer systems often provide substantial energy savings. Condensing furnaces and modulating boilers are becoming a common system for the replacement of older HVAC units. Business should evaluate savings potential by looking at the efficiency of their existing system and comparing it to the efficiency of the new system. If buying a new heating system is not an option there are many other features that can make your existing system more energy efficient. New controllers can be installed to reduce the runtime of the HVAC system in turn reducing your overall energy consumption. These controls can include damper controls, programmable thermostats, outdoor resets, to VFDs (variable frequency drives).