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Commercial HVAC Retrofits

save energy with commercial hvac retrofits

Are you looking to save energy? If your business has an older heating and air conditioning system that’s driving up your energy expenses, you might be considering replacing your equipment. But what if you’re not in a great financial position to take on such a large capital expense right now? Or what if you’re considering moving your business to a new location in a couple of years? There are situations where replacing your HVAC system to save energy doesn’t make financial sense.

Does that mean you’re stuck with those escalating energy costs until you’re in a position to replace? Not necessarily. The good news is, there is another way to save energy: by retrofitting your existing HVAC equipment with energy-efficient add-ons.

Retrofitting can do more than save energy

Needing to save energy is certainly the biggest reason to consider retrofitting your HVAC equipment. According to a study conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy by Pacific Northwest National Labs, small offices and retail establishments realize an average savings in energy consumption of 35 percent by adding retrofit technologies. In cold weather climates (like New York City), business can save more energy: as much as 40 percent. The study reported that a small office could expect to save energy to the tune of nearly $1500 annually, depending on their system and retrofit options installed.

Beyond the need to save energy, there are other benefits of retrofitting your HVAC equipment:

Options for retrofitting your HVAC equipment to save energy + more

The options available to you for retrofitting will depend on the type of HVAC equipment you have and your climate zone. Chillers and packaged rooftop units (RTUs) are some of the best candidates for retrofitting. Here are some of the technology options you can install to save energy:

Retrofit options for chillers:

Retrofit options for packaged heating and cooling systems:

Retrofit kits

Commercial kits are available that offer a package of retrofit technology. Some are designed for specific types and sizes of equipment (such as single-zone RTU). Others can be used with all types of HVAC systems, including single or multiple zone applications as well as multiple heating and cooling stages. Some also integrate with smart thermostat technology and building management systems.

Is your HVAC system a good fit for retrofitting?

How do you know if your HVAC system is a good candidate for retrofitting? Surprisingly, it’s not about the age of your system. Here are some basic guidelines that may indicate that retrofitting could work for you:

To find out for sure if a retrofit can work for you, consult with a qualified HVAC company. If you’re in the Orlando or Fort Pierce area, Professional AC & Heating would be happy to help.

Not sure your current HVAC provider is up to the task of helping you to save energy with a retrofit of your older system? It may be time to seek out other options. Here’s a resource that can help.

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