Energy consumption in the future will only rise to keep up with the demand for resources, and HVAC systems can play a large role. Commercially, companies already act to improve energy efficiency because there is a significant amount of money to be saved on a daily basis, which can, in turn, be used to advance business plans and expand profits.
Since businesses are inherently always in search of ways to reduce expenses and find advantages in the marketplace, the push to limit electricity consumption is a natural and intrinsic part of the economic process. Those companies, typically larger firms, that move fastest in promoting energy efficiency, have a better opportunity to reap rewards.
In addition, a report from Navigant Research indicated new government standards have done much to curb carbon emissions and promote green products at the commercial level. Some buildings are now completely efficient – known as zero energy buildings because they produce as much or more than what they consume, thus having zero impact on the environment.
The report pointed specifically at California's Title 24 building code as an initiative that influences decision making.
"Governments, corporations and home builders are pursuing ZEB solutions in order to reduce energy costs and minimize the carbon footprints of their buildings," the report read. "A number of large-scale and interesting showcase developments are paving the way for widespread adoption of ZEBs in a few innovative regions around the world."
HVAC systems key
A large portion of a business's budget is comprised of utility costs, including temperature control. And when it concerns saving money and making a building more efficient, HVAC units must be examined to identify weaknesses or potential damages.
HVAC coils can become damaged relatively easily because they are typically made from thin sheets of copper and aluminum with multiple bends. These materials allow water, steam or refrigerant to heat or cool the coils to a desired setting, whereby air is filtered over them. This process alters the temperature level of the air before it is forced into a building.
As you can imagine, high levels of pressure and moisture can have a damaging impact on HVAC coils, which may become susceptible to corrosion and bacteria growth. When this occurs, air quality diminishes and the HVAC unit will have to consume more energy to make up for the corroded parts.
These problems are typically only detectable by highly-trained experts who have a knowledge of HVAC units, which many businesses do not have on staff. Consequentially, HVAC issues can exist for years without proper maintenance correcting the problem. Damages will only worsen and compound matters until they lead to total HVAC failure, which could cost millions to replace.
HVAC coils should be cleaned or refurbished routinely or else consistent exposure to harsh elements and pollutants will ruin a company's investment in energy efficiency and other sustainability goals. However, this type of constant maintenance isn't always feasible for every business, which is why it's important to take preventative measures in the first place.
Rather than having to replace coils several times, companies can have their HVAC coils coated in hydrophobic polyurethane from Rahn Industries. HVAC coil coatings will improve the longevity of coils and protect them against corrosion and other contaminants. By making an initial commitment to enhance HVAC coils, long-term energy efficiency goals are more attainable.
Further, the Contractor Comfort Index increased 4 points at the end of 2014, which means HVAC manufacturers will see more growth in the future, according to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America.
The demand for newly coated HVAC coils will continue to rise as efficiency becomes more widespread.
Rahn Industries has a full lineup of spray and immersion (dip)/Bake protective coatings to meet your needs.