A new initiative from the U.S. Department of Energy hopes to improve energy savings in the commercial building sector by 20 percent in the next five years. The DOE is providing $9 million in funding for technological advancements and resources that can create new cost-effective solutions for companies across the U.S. These tools will then be implemented broadly across the U.S. to meet the country's own energy standards.
The program, titled "Advancing Solutions to Improve the Energy Efficiency of U.S. Commercial Buildings," will extend beyond the initial five-year period, aiming to further increase energy savings 50 percent by 2030.
By cutting waste, overall sustainability efforts can better be realized. The DOE is placing an emphasis on helping businesses handle the upfront costs of attaining green equipment while also allowing for greater access to data so building managers can monitor energy decisions.
Many commercial buildings spend nearly half their budget on HVAC expenses. From maintaining proper temperature controls to improving airflow and ventilation, HVAC systems can be an energy drain if they are not properly cleaned. Not only do malfunctioning HVAC units lead to a rise in utility costs but they also contribute to the deterioration of air quality inside of a building.
In the case of commercial refrigeration, the problem can impact the quality of food products. The food industry relies on the storage and handling of products for safe delivery to stores and customers. When dealing with a faulty HVAC/R unit, safety can be seriously compromised, potentially leading to recalls and illnesses.
Efficient equipment key to commercial refrigeration
Increased energy savings can only be obtained through the necessary function of the equipment involved. HVAC/R systems are comprised of an intricate network of coils and filters that allow outside air to be cleaned, regulated and forced inside a building with the goal of maintaining cool enough temperatures to keep food preserved longer.
A report from Freedonia Group Inc. noted global demand for commercial refrigeration equipment will reach $36.5 billion in the next four years – a 4.7 percent year-over-year increase, according to ACHR News.
Much of this demand will come specifically from newer parts being used in newly industrialized nations. In the U.S., food safety regulations and a preference for specialty foods are projected to impact demand for equipment the most.
The best way to improve the performance of commercial refrigeration units is to apply a durable and long-lasting coating overtop the coils and the HVAC/R system itself. With coating services from Rahn Industries, units can be made much more efficient, making food products safer while also cutting down on unnecessary energy waste.
With field technicians on hand, Rahn provides industry-leading coating materials that prevent corrosion and damage to HVAC/R systems. Once a unit is coated, food refrigeration capacity will increase, creating a sustainable path forward for companies in the industry.
Rahn Industries has a full lineup of spray and immersion (dip)/ Bake protective coatings to meet your needs.