Commercial Energy Savings Audits Can Lower Heating Costs
With rising energy prices, saving money on heating is becoming more and more important. The good news is that there’s a lot you can do with minor fixes in your existing framework once the weak spots in your business are identified. Usually, such energy efficiency assessments are called energy audits. During these audits, a technician will visit your business location and look for areas in both the building and your heating system that leak heat and cost you more money than necessary.
Energy Audits without an Existing Problem
Although many business owners tend to forget about the importance of saving money on heating until a problem arises, scheduling an energy efficiency audit can be a great move even for businesses that don’t see abnormalities in their energy bills. In fact, in most cases there is room for improvement when it comes to energy efficiency. Professional auditors often look in places that a business owner may never look, and find areas where leaks are present and money is being wasted.
A Do-it-yourself Audit vs A Professional Audit
With a little bit of time and some knowledge of what to look for, any business owner can perform an energy audit. Depending on the structure of the building, energy leaks can be identified, even without the use of the sophisticated equipment that professional technicians use. Due to the equipment and techniques that professional energy auditors use, however, they are more likely to locate trouble spots that need dire attention. In fact, in addition to a general walk through and quick check for signs of energy leaks, auditors bring equipment such as infrared cameras to conduct a thorough assessment of your building’s energy situation. Some of the most common places professional auditors find energy leaks include:
Insulation – Buildings of all shapes and sizes are insulated. The minimum amount of insulation that buildings have include the outside walls, as well as the roof and the flooring, all of which are meant to retain energy within the confines of the building. Auditors will check whether the insulation is sufficient or whether it can be upgraded in order to improve energy efficiency. One of the tools used to assess insulation is a thermal camera. When the outside surface of the building appears much warmer on the camera than its surrounding areas, this likely indicates an area that should be better insulated.
Examination of Ductwork – Since all of the warm air heated by your furnace is distributed throughout the building via ductwork, the ductwork itself is often one of the first areas that’s checked for possible leaks. An auditor will need to have access to areas where the ductwork is installed to check whether any of the warm air that is supposed to be distributed is leaking out.
Blower Door Test – With the blower door test, a door that leads outside of the building is hermetically sealed – with the exception of a strong outward facing fan. This fan rotates and sucks air out of the building, effectively reducing the air pressure. Once the pressure has dropped, an auditor can use a smoke pencil in order to detect air leaks that translate into a waste of energy and money.
Once energy leaks have been located by the auditor, you can then start fixing the leaks, which in turn will increase the energy efficiency of your building. Our team of experts is standing by to answer any questions you have about this process, and to schedule your Energy Audit.
When running a business, every dollar matters; now is the time to take control of your always increasing energy bills so you can put the monthly savings where it matters most: back into your business.