If you've noticed that the energy bills at your business have been fluctuating or increasing, now is the time to take a closer look as to why. Improperly insulated windows and walls may be just a small part of an overall loss of energy. One place where a lot of heat can flow out from is through the roof. Taking a closer look at your commercial roof may lead to replacement or further repair to help keep warm air inside. Here are a few ways to help make your business more energy savvy.
Replace An Outdated HVAC Unit
If the furnace and air conditioning unit in your building is over ten years old, it may be time to upgrade. A HVAC technician can evaluate your existing unit by inspecting its performance and doing an energy audit. During an energy audit, a technician uses specialized tools and techniques to evaluate how well your furnace works and how well the surrounding space retains heat. If the audit reveals leaks, the tech may recommend that you insulate your commercial roofing system and replace worn out windows to help make a newly installed HVAC unit work to its best potential.
Insulate The Entire Building
Getting your heating and cooling bill to lower and level out starts with a properly insulated building. Types of insulation that work best in a large commercial space include:
- Rolled or blanket insulation for walls and attic floors.
- Blown-in cellulose insulation in walls and attics.
- Foam board insulation in newly constructed walls and basements.
- Spray foam insulation in walls, and around windows and doors.
Using multiple methods of insulation throughout the building is the best way to curb energy loss.
Replace A Worn Out Roof
Having a professional roofing contractor come out and inspect your roof can help determine if it's in good condition. A new rolled roof or metal roof can help prolong the life of your roof and help prevent leaks and heat from escaping. If there are gaps in between the roof and the HVAC system or roof edge, spray foam insulation is the best way to seal these areas and improve the amount of energy you'll use going forward.
Add Energy Efficient Windows And Doors
Keep your entire building's energy costs down by having new doors and windows installed. Doors that close tightly will help keep cold air out. Windows that shut completely and are installed properly and insulated correctly will help reduce the risk of pesky drafts. Gutters and soffits that are installed properly to the new roof and trim on your building can prolong the life of your doors and windows by moving water away and inhibiting wood rot and mold growth.
A properly installed roofing system that is insulated and formulated to push rain and ice away can help promote energy efficiency. Making sure the entire building is insulated and airtight will help reduce your company's overall heat and electric bill throughout the seasons. Click here to read more.