Category: Energy Demand, Energy Efficiency
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioner) systems are energy intensive and make up nearly a third of a building’s energy demands. Investing in HVAC upgrades increases the system’s overall efficiency thus cutting energy use and emissions while generating savings from reduced operational maintenance and energy bills. Upgrades can be capital intensive, but the resulting energy savings can provide high financial returns with little risk.
- Straightforward solution that can be done in house.
- Saves money and cuts emissions
- Improved temperature control and productivity
- Reduces operational maintenance
- Large initial capital
- Project study takes time away from facility workers
- Not a very sexy solution
- Greenhouse Gas Impact
- Economic Impact
- Net Savings
- Some Challenges
- 1-2 years
Greenhouse Gas Impact
Upgrading multiple buildings at one time can lead to substantial carbon mitigation due to the large energy demand that a building’s HVAC system requires.
Varies due to campus climate, cost of electricity, age of HVAC
Easy sell to stakeholders due to the reduction on energy bills.
An initial study of baseline energy consumption and quality of HVAC system can take time.
HVAC upgrades decrease the amount of maintenance that was required for older systems.
Nearly invisible. Building users may comment on improved temp consistency.