What’s both central to the HVAC system and a large consumer of energy costs for your facility? The Air Handling Unit (or AHU). Air Handling Units condition and circulate air in a building or facility as part of the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system. AHUs work hard and constantly to maintain a comfortable building environment. If the building is to remain comfortable, the air handlers need to operate without issue. We frequently see AHUs that are 25-50+ years old, are still in service and don’t always run as well as they did at the beginning of their life.
If you’re managing a facility with standard HVAC/mechanical systems, you probably have some form of a Building Management System (BMS). Like how the iPhone changed communication with its launch in 2007, BMS have fundamentally changed how you communicate with your building’s equipment. Your BMS or Building Automation System (BAS) communicate to your equipment through either open or proprietary protocols.
Replacing old fluorescent, metal halide and incandescent fixtures with modern LED lighting and controls is, without question, a good choice for a facility upgrade. LED lighting isn’t a new technology anymore. From facility manager to CFO, your team understands the need for – and benefits of – energy efficient, LED lighting.
Three affiliated hospitals in Connecticut have recently qualified for over $3,200,000 of electric and gas utility incentives. The energy efficiency project that achieved these numbers resulted in just a 2-year payback. To get to this point however, those affiliated hospitals needed to understand the complexities of the state’s utility incentive programs to find the most benefit.