Forward Thinking While Planning Will Save Money And Resources
If you are looking to begin an expansion on an existing facility or building new, consider all aspects of your new building simultaneously. Planing in advance offers you the opportunity to better utilize space, resources and ultimately save you money. Let's take a look at preplainning in relationship to your HVAC needs. Some things you will want to take into consideration are . . .
- Various weather conditions experienced at your location.
- Facility load variations as a result of production or occupancy.
- Plan for future expansion.
Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC Systems) account for 39% of the energy used in commercial buildings in the United States. As a business owner you need to maximize savings potential with your HVAC system to boost your bottom line.
Some Basic Information On Energy & Resource Efficient HVAC Design
The whole building design
You need to consider all aspects of your building as early in the design process as possible. Size, shape, building materials, work flow, equipment, lighting and HVAC equipment impact each other in maintaining the quality of the air inside your facility. It can be a very complicated mix to master that requires inclusion of a highly qualified HVAC company, such as AEM Mechanical Services, Inc.
Determine your design goals early
Do you want to save money on construction, or better prepare yourself for the future and realize greater savings over time? A building built simply to code will cost significantly more in energy use.
Invest in the appropriate size HVAC system
Installing an oversized system to accommodate possible future expansion is inefficient and will cost you more in equipment costs, energy efficiency and quality of air within your facility. An oversized cooling system may not dehumidify the air effectively, resulting in cool but "clammy" air.
When laying out space for your HVAC equipment you should allow empty space to accommodate expansion down the road. That way when you are replacing or adding to existing equipment you have the space required without adding the cost of additional construction or remodeling.
Establish an Operations & Maintenance Program
When designing your HVAC system for your new facility, make certain that you design the system to operate efficiently at the level of maintenance you are prepared to provide. You need to communicate with your HVAC design team and make sure you understand, and are committed to, a regular system of maintenance to ensure peak efficiency and longevity of your HVAC equipment.
Any new commercial construction project you are considering will go smoother, cost less and produce the maximum result when you bring your design teams together early in the process.