Tips for Controlling Costs With Commercial Heating Systems

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Tips for Controlling Costs With Commercial Heating Systems

30 March 2016
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When installing a new commercial heating system in a production facility, warehouse, office, and the like, you may want to know how to control the costs of heating your building overall. Many of today's modern heating systems will be more energy efficient, meaning that they will use less energy to run parts in the system versus producing actual heat. However, you can do more than just choose an energy efficient system to keep your costs under control. Note a few tips on how to do this in your commercial facility.

1. Look for models that are easy to maintain

The cost of running your commercial heating system is just one consideration when choosing a new system or containing those costs; you want to consider the cost of maintaining the unit itself as well. Choose a system that is easy for you to maintain yourself; this would be one with hinged access panels that are easily accessible, filters that are readily available and affordable, and the like. Note if you can readily access the fan and its motor in a commercial unit so you can keep it clean and lubricated, and can quickly change filters and other such parts. This will keep your heating system working optimally and cut down on labor costs for maintaining it over time.

2. Note the placement of ducts and vents

Vents are often placed high up on walls in commercial facilities in order to keep them clear, but remember that heat rises. The vents may push out hot air that then gets trapped along the ceiling, so the rooms themselves don't feel warm. In turn, the heating system keeps working to blow out more hot air. Consider having the ductwork rerouted so vents are lower along the walls, and ensure they don't get blocked by furniture and equipment. This can keep the commercial system working for much less time overall.

3. Move the thermostat

If a building's or office's thermostat is near equipment that produces heat, this can make it read a high temperature very quickly, however, the space itself will still feel cold to occupants and they may keep the heating system running. If necessary, move the thermostat in the building or rearrange the office or production facility so that equipment and machinery that produce heat are not near the thermostats. This will allow the thermostat to get an accurate reading the area's temperature and the heating system will run accordingly.