Spring cleaning isn’t just for our homes, and it’s not just for appearances. Here are four ways that business owners can spring clean their way to energy savings:
Dirty air filters are bad news. In fact, it is estimated that four out of every five HVAC-related breakdowns are caused by dirty air filters. A dirty filter limits fresh air intake, which in turn increases wear-and-tear on your HVAC system and spikes your energy bills. Clean or replace your filters at the start of the spring season, and once per month afterwards.
The break-room refrigerator is a sneaky source of energy consumption. The easiest and most effective way to maximize energy-efficiency is by cleaning the condenser coils every six months. First, unplug the refrigerator and locate the coils (they are usually on the back or underneath the appliance). Then, using the brush attachment on your vacuum cleaner, clean the coils until all visible dust and debris is gone.
Air ducts are a notorious hiding spot for dust, animal dander, pollen, mold, and all types of other contaminants. Not only do these pollutants affect indoor air quality, they can impact the performance of your HVAC system by limiting air flow through your vents. That’s why experts recommend having your air ducts professionally cleaned every 3-5 years.
Are your light bulbs, computers, and other office equipment coated in a layer of dust? Not only is this dust unsightly and allergenic, it can actually spike energy consumption. Give your office a good dusting using microfiber cloths – traditional feather dusters are ineffective and just kick dust into the air, rather than collecting it.
Looking for more ways to save energy for your business? Consider investing in an energy management system. Using power monitoring equipment and connected computer software, you can monitor your facility’s energy consumption in real time and identify areas of weakness. Visit the Electro Industries website to learn more, or call (866) 928-7908.April 5, 2017