7 Energy-Saving Tips for Small Business Owners
Running a small business is a huge challenge. When you’re handling accounting, employees, customers,and more, you’re the main caretaker for an entire enterprise. Who has the time to worry about energy efficiency? Thankfully, you can find several ways to make sure you aren’t wasting money with your business’s HVAC system. Follow these tips to ensure your small business in Sarasota, Florida, is always saving energy and money:
Keep Your HVAC System Clean
Not checking your HVAC equipment routinely is negligent. It can lead to damage, leaks and other problems that waste money and energy.
If your HVAC system’s filter becomes clogged with dust and debris, it has to work harder to push air through the filter. Change your system’s air filter every 90 days, or every month for even better performance.
Make sure you have your HVAC system checked at least twice a year by one of our Custom Air & Plumbing service technicians. Your service technician will let you know whether you need to patch any energy leaks or if you need to upgrade your HVAC system to improve efficiency.
Install a Smart Thermostat
An inaccurate thermostat only hinders your efforts to maintain energy efficiency in your small business. Smart thermostats promote accuracy and maintain the indoor temperature you desire with as little effort from your HVAC system – and you – as possible.
Set the thermostat to turn off when you close your business and on before opening to create the perfect environment for your first customers. Constantly adjusting the thermostat not only wastes your time but it also causes frequent system cycling, which wastes energy.
Check For Hidden Air Leaks
You may have a perfectly clean HVAC system. But all the cool or warm air it produces might be overshadowed by leaks from the outside. Check around doors and windows for any spaces where cool air may escape on a hot day in Sarasota.
Some doors have small spaces where they should be meeting the floor. Invest in door draft stoppers to sit below any doors leading to the outside. These guards are meant to fit around the bottoms of any doors, moving along with the doors to stay out of the way.
Maintain Plants Outside
Planting trees around your business not only adds to the outdoor aesthetics but they also provide shade for the building, which can help keep it cooler and reduce your HVAC system’s workload. This can help your HVAC system run more efficiently by keeping it out of the hot sun.
Be aware of the plants surrounding your outdoor unit. If you have large quantities of shrubs or weeds growing around it, this growth can lead to twigs and vines getting into the equipment and causing damage. Keep your outdoor unit clear from intruding plants.
Conduct Energy Audits
Ask a service technician at Custom Air & Plumbing o take a survey of your business’s regular energy usage. You might waste resources in ways you aren’t aware of. Saving energy can be as simple as fixing a leaky pipe or cleaning your ductwork.
Don’t Forget About Tax Breaks
Small business owners can take advantage of tax break incentives when they choose to install energy-saving appliances and equipment. Contact one of our service technicians to find out which types of systems qualify.
Strive For Teamwork
Creating incentives for employees is always a great way to accomplish positive changes for your business. Start your own energy-saving program, and set goals for your whole team.
Give awards at the end of a set time period to your most energy-conscious employees. Think about ways your business can use less water or electricity, involving your team. With everyone on board, you’ll work together to create a more environmentally conscious and money-saving business in no time.
We support all small business owners and want to give you the tools you need to keep your business running efficiently. Contact Custom Air & Plumbing anytime at (866) 819-0992 for HVAC system repairs and servicing.
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