You can’t manage what you don’t measure
Commercial heating systems can come in many forms; including standard furnace applications, rooftop units, split systems, ductless splits, and boilers. With Canadians spending approximately 90% of their time indoors, its crucial to ensure you’re providing a warm, comfortable environment for tenants, guests and employees1. Is your system keeping up with the demand?
Older furnaces tend to not be as efficient as modern units, meaning your heating system might be costing you more in repairs and energy costs than you think. The typical life expectancy of heating applications is 15 years2. If your unit is reaching its end of life, now may be the best time to upgrade to a more energy efficient unit.
Some key indicators to consider in determining the best time to upgrade include:
- Frequent and Costly Repairs – If you’ve been spending money on repairs to keep your system running, it may be more cost effective to upgrade. A decrease in efficiency likely means a rise in energy costs. A new heating system means your equipment is working at peak performance, as well as a manufacturer’s warranty that will cover the performance of your equipment.
- Inconsistent temperatures – Over time heating system lose their ability to effectively distribute heat, creating uneven temperatures in your building. Blocked ducts and dirty air filters can also contribute to airflow imbalance.
- Noises & Smells – If your equipment is making rattling, banging or squeaking noises after your initial system turn on, there may be problems with your operational efficiency. Strong odours could also indicate a gas leak.
- Long Run Time – Your heating system is constantly running to meet the demands of our Canadian winter. As performance drops, it needs to work harder and longer to perform the same task, driving up your energy consumption and operational costs.
Increase efficiency and comfort
Fig. 1: Energy cost breakdown across Canadian industries according to NRCAN
Typical energy costs in the hotel industry range from $15/m2 to $50/m2. For restaurants, the range is $50/m2 to $275/m23. With the introduction of Canada’s Carbon Tax, landlords and business owners can expect to pay even more for their heating bills with the price of natural gas increasing to 5.9 cents in 2020, 7.8 cents in 2021, and 9.8 cents per cubic metre in April 20224. By retrofitting your existing equipment, you could potentially reduce your costs and consumption by an average of 20% or more5. Remember, purchasing a furnace is a substantial investment. When choosing your heating system, the cost of energy to operate your heating system over its lifetime is equally as important as its purchase price. The more efficient your heating system is, the lower your operating costs are likely to be!
Call 1 855-321-0518 today to schedule a meeting with one of our Energy Management Consultants who will perform a walkthrough of your current heating system and offer suggestions including upgraded equipment and cost saving options.