Fall is a fabulous time of year. The leaves are changing colors and temperatures are beginning to cool off. It’s time to start thinking about checking different areas of your business so you can make sure it’s ready for winter and the cooler temperatures that come with it. At E3Power, we want to help you get prepared. Making sure that your business is prepared for the changing temperatures can save you money as it gets colder outside. We have several suggestions of things you can do to be ready.
1. Inspect, Service, and Maintain your Heating System
Before the cold weather arrives, test your heat system and make sure everything is working properly. Most heating and cooling systems generally last 10-15 years, but you could also get more out of your system by incorporating a maintenance program through your HVAC Company. It is always better to find any problems that may exist before the temperatures change.
If your business uses a furnace for heating it is also important to have it inspected yearly. Checking the filters regularly is also a good step to take. If you have an older furnace, it may be worth considering an upgrade to a newer, more efficient system.
2. Prepare the Pipes, Check Duct Work, & Seal Leaks
Businesses should check all pipes in unheated areas to make sure they are properly insulated. Freezing temperatures will cause them to burst if the water freezes inside of them. For exterior pipes, flexible elastomeric insulation works to give them the insulation needed to prevent water freezing.
Insulation is vital to keeping the heat in the building. If your business uses heating ducts it is important to have them checked to be sure insulation doesn’t require replacement around them. Properly insulated ducts help keep your furnace running cooler, therefore you’d have fewer energy costs.
Thorough checks of doors and window seals for light coming in is a great thing to check in the fall. Properly sealed windows and doors are a way to ensure the efficiency of both heating and air conditioning systems. Seals can often become dry and cracked and should be removed and replaced with new caulking when necessary. Checking for leaks and sealing any areas of concern is also useful.
3. Have an Energy Audit
Professional energy audits are thorough inspections of all areas of your business, designed to pinpoint any areas of concern. At E3Power we have auditors that can research energy use, review previous energy bills, and do a room by room inspection to check for any issues.
We will use various tools to help us identify key areas that need improvements. We also can locate areas where the business may be wasting energy. After completing a thorough energy audit, our specialists can recommend the most cost-effective changes to make your business more energy-efficient.
Some examples of things you can do to improve your energy efficiency are:
- Install energy-efficient light bulbs.
- Install energy-efficient windows and doors.
- Check for the light you may see coming under doors or window seals.
- Adjust the settings for any sprinkler systems the business uses.
- Make sure gutters are free of debris.
- Automate the thermostat.
These are just some of the things we suggest to optimize your business being energy-efficient.
Ready to Update Your Business and Make it More Energy-Efficient? Call Us Now
At E3Power we have specialists ready to answer any questions you have. Call us to schedule an energy audit, and let us show you the ways we can help your business be cost-effective and more energy-efficient.