Energy Saving Strategies
Below are some example control strategy improvements that will help you more effectively use your HVAC system controller to reduce energy consumption, run cost and environmental impact
- Make sure you have the right level of control (type of control system) for your building size and type
- Make the most of user manuals to understand what features your controller has and use them to gain better control of your HVAC system
- Set time controls to turn off at night times, weekends and bank holidays -whenever the building is unoccupied
- Make sure someone takes responsibility for monitoring HVAC control systems to avoid incorrect use.
- Make sure thermostats are placed correctly avoiding direct sunlight, or being above heat generating devices such as electronic equipment
- Avoid operating heating and cooling simultaneously
- Avoid opening windows while heating a room
- When a room is too hot or too cold do not set temperature cooler/hotter than the desirable temperature in an attempt to speed temperature change. This will likely cause an energy wasting “overshoot”.
- Reduce the set thermostat point temperature whenever possible (such as in rooms that are largely vacant)
- Lower set point in winter as people benefit from the difference to the outside temperature. Set higher for summer.
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