Why You (and the Planet) Really Need a Heat Pump
As we transitioned to our new normal, the previous year offered us with chances for development and transformation in the HVAC industry. Here are a few of the HVAC trends we’re seeing right now.
Advancements and applications in indoor air quality, particularly in the HVAC area, have been plagued with starts and stops in terms of innovation. Earlier this year, the epidemic forced the closure of several organizations. The outbreak has renewed attention in the air quality around us, particularly in the public sector. There is a growing urgency in developing indoor air quality solutions that guarantee that air is circulated, sterilized, and filtered to minimize the transmission of diseases. This is a major problem, and we are seeing greater efforts in these regions, as well as the increased adoption of air purification devices.
HVAC Building Systems
The consistent drive for energy efficiency will be a challenge for the coming years. There will be no going back after we have seen the reductions in carbon emissions as a result of fewer people flying and driving. The same is true for HVAC. In the near future, increased efficiency will be a constant objective.
The most recent generation of smart thermostats has decreased energy usage by up to 35%, improving how HVAC building systems are managed by limiting the risk of leaving the AC on for too long and when it is not needed.
Convenience And Energy Savings
HVAC services that gather and analyze data such as HVAC unit age, efficiency, and status at the property and real estate portfolio level will continue to gain popularity. These conveniences and energy savings are being witnessed in the multi-family and commercial sectors, especially with some building owners being stranded due to the pandemic.
The information collected by these services can be utilized in the future to forecast HVAC system faults with high accuracy before they occur. The convenience and possible cost savings achieved by using these services will drive their appeal even further.
Documenting HVAC systems helps facilitate follow-ups, guarantee warranty registration holds, and can assist in tracking future maintenance during a halt. At the time of the sale, the current owner can offer valid and reliable results on the upkeep of these systems, which can raise the existing worth of the property and be used as a selling advantage.
Performing Regular Maintenance
Remote monitoring will likely gain popularity. Service providers will rely less and less on customers detecting and reporting a problem, such as a heating and cooling issues. The tenant’s complaint may arrive many hours after the problem has occurred, and by the time they get a service request, several hours have passed.
Remote monitoring also results in regular maintenance, extending the lifetime of your HVAC system. By proactively performing regular maintenance, the overall costs of maintaining a system can be reduced by 40 percent, in addition to ensuring that units are always using the least amount of energy necessary.
Remote monitoring also leads to regular maintenance, which extends the life of your HVAC system. The complete cost of maintaining a system may be lowered by 40% by doing preventative regular maintenance, in order to ensure that units are constantly utilizing the least amount of energy possible.
Seamless Customer Experience
The HVAC sector is also at a crossroads, with contractors redoubling their efforts to deliver a seamless customer experience, boosting customer happiness for multi-family communities, as well as other methods of optimizing services that significantly affects tenants, increasing customer retention.
HVAC suppliers who can coordinate the whole process from installation to job proposal to invoicing, as well as reporting and monitoring for each work, will be in high demand.
One of the most important things to consider when it comes to saving money in the operation of your building is your commercial HVAC efficiency and reliability. As you may know, your commercial HVAC system is a cost centre and an ongoing source of increasing operational costs and challenges in relation to your budget, effectiveness and other needs that may be specific to your building.
On top of all that you need to consider the sustainability of your building, the uptime of your HVAC system and infrastructure and any other factors that might impact the value of your building.
The Cost: Commercial HVAC Efficiency
Almost 40% of all the energy used in commercial buildings comes from the HVAC system. A high performance system can save anywhere between 10% and 40% when it comes to energy, emissions and other costs. When you take the entire design of the building and HVAC system those savings can even go up to 70% in some cases. Improved comfort and thermal control are essential to indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and a positive
tenant experience. This means an increased control over humidity, which addresses excessive humid air and moisture accumulation in building materials, which in turn can lead to respiratory diseases and infections like asthma.
Addressing some of these HVAC challenges in commercial applications start with technology like innovative, zone-based Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) cooling and similar heating systems. Two-pipe VRF systems have been shown to speed installations as well as reduce piping and space requirements for HVAC systems, while delivering effective operations for commercial building cooling and heating. The systems allow independent control of conditions within each zone of multi-tenant or single-tenant spaces, boosting client happiness while minimizing costs to building owners.
All commercial heating and cooling equipment needs routine maintenance. Experienced and knowledgeable HVAC professionals should do this maintenance. At Commercial HVAC our HVAC experts have been taking care of commercial HVAC maintenance services throughout Toronto and the GTA for over 35 years. Our regularly scheduled maintenance process identifies minor issues before they become major problems. This ensures that you won’t blow your budget with a big, unexpected breakdown.
All of our commercial HVAC maintenance technicians are professionally trained and have the ability to work with any and all rooftop HVAC equipment. They work to find problems before they occur. Our experienced commercial HVAC maintenance technicians are fully equipped to execute expert commercial HVAC maintenance designed to meet or exceed all major manufacturers’ recommendations.
Commercial HVAC Maintenance: The Benefits of Clean Coils
Our routine commercial HVAC maintenance services for both heating and cooling repairs are designed to keep your rooftop units operating as efficiently as possible. This commercial HVAC maintenance includes coil cleanings on all your systems, which is a more important task than you might initially think.
The difference in system efficiency between clean and dirty coils is one of the most important things you should know about your commercial HVAC system. Dirty coils keep your HVAC system from operating at top efficiency, which means that your system needs to work harder to produce the heating or cooling it normally does. This means it’s wasting energy by trying too hard to perform the tasks that it needs to. Dirty coils affect the removal of humidity, which can lead to breeding bacteria, decreased air flow, and as mentioned an increase in energy consumption. Dirty coils can consume up to 37% more electricity and result in a 30% loss in heating and cooling capacity. If your HVAC coils aren’t cleaned regularly your system will also experience more breakdowns and require more maintenance over time.
Commercial building HVAC is one of, if not the, largest consumer of energy in just about every commercial building. As a result the commercial building HVAC system is a big part of helping designers and architects meet net zero energy goals.
Commercial building HVAC and lighting at typically responsible for most of the energy costs in running a building, so when technological improvements can be made it’s a big deal. While many in the public view green buildings and net zero buildings as an environmentally responsible choice, building owners also see it as a good business decision.
Approximately 40% of the energy in commercial buildings is allocated to HVAC equipment, so it’s easy to see that finding efficiencies in the mechanical systems of the boilers, air conditioners and other components is beneficial. In terms of achieving any sort of LEED or net zero status finding these efficiencies is essential.
A high-efficiency commercial building HVAC system uses innovative technologies, such as inverters that drive the compressor and smart controls to manage time and usage. Essentially, every watt that can be saved in HVAC, lighting and other areas that doesn’t have to be generated by renewable energy makes achieving designations easier. Many net-zero-energy buildings avoid the direct usage of fossil fuels and install heat pumps when applicable. The electrification of heating through via heat pumps and the electrification of transportation via electric vehicles are common net-zero-energy building components.
The size and energy consumption of the HVAC systems also directly relate to key building design features such as orientation, building envelope, lighting system, and appliances. By starting with the HVAC system, since it’s the largest energy hog, it’s easier to configure other systems in order to minimize overall energy consumption.
Much of this is done prior to construction in the planning stages, but it’s also important to properly maintain and repair commercial building HVAC components regularly.
Commercial HVAC has been providing reputable and professional commercial HVAC service in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.
Green building projects have been a trend for a number of years now. Corporations and building owners have been striving to obtain LEED standards for their buildings, not just to attract tenants, but also to reduce costs and insurance rates.
A recent study titled: “World Green Building Trends 2016, Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green Growth”, indicates that over the next 2 years the percentage of companies that will have more than 60% of their building projects LEED or green certified is going to more than double. Specifically, by 2018 37% of new building projects will be LEED or green building certified in some other way.
This growth in green buildings is being driven by developing countries and markets like Mexico, Brazil, Columbia, Saudi Arabia, China, India and South Africa. The study identifies green building projects that certify with systems such as LEED, BREEAM, DGNB and Green Star.
Key Green Building Content In The Report:
- The number of green buildings continue to double every 3 years, globally
- Brazil is projecting 6x growth in the percentage of companies that will certify green buildings (6% to 36%)
- China is expecting 5x growth in their percentage of green buildings (5% to 28%)
- Saudi Arabia is expecting a 4x growth in the percentage of companies that certify green buildings (8% to 32%)
- There is a 7% increase in value of green buildings compared to non-green buildings
- The most widely noted benefit to ensuring a green building is lower operating costs
- Commercial construction is the highest growth sector for green building projects (46%)
Commercial HVAC has been providing commercial HVAC services in Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.