Get Ready For the Hottest Summer on Record – Prepare Your HVAC System
Summers in New York City are HOT, but 2014 is set to be the hottest summer on record yet. To help prepare your building for the heatwave, AFGO has compiled a list of essential steps you should take to get your HVAC system ready for summer.
2014 to Be the Hottest Summer on Record – Can Your HVAC System Handle the Heat?
Install programmable thermostats. – A programmable thermostat is a smart investment for commercial property owners because it gives you control over the amount of cooling throughout the building—and, it can lower your energy bills by as much as 75 %. A programmable thermostat also allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day, such as cooler during working hours and less cool at night.
Is your air-conditioner running? – It should be. While it may be tempting to turn off your cooling system in order to save energy—it actually increases energy expenditures. Air-conditioners are only designed to cool a space by 20 degrees. So, if your building gets overheated, your air-conditioner has to work overtime in order to cool it down. This results in higher utility bills.
Invest in curtains. – Curtains, blinds, and window draperies not only increase the aesthetic appeal of your building’s interior – they also help to keep your space cool.
Get All of Your Ducts in a Row –Did you know that if your ductwork is not properly insulated, up to 30 % of the energy used to cool your building can end up outside? Making sure all of your ducts are sealed and insulated now will save you money year-round.
Schedule a professional HVAC Inspection- The only way to ensure that your HVAC system is operating efficiently is to have a professional HVAC inspection. While you are at it, take advantage of AFGO’s flexible and affordable HVAC maintenance agreements, so you and your tenants don’t sweat it when the heatwave hits.