You expect to see a rise in your heating costs for your commercial business, facility, or building during the winter. Your annual budget accounts for this rise because it just comes with the season. But if you’ve looked at your regular monthly energy costs this year and noticed that they’re higher than you expect, it may be a cause for concern. If the rise in costs isn’t connected to an increase in energy prices, then what’s causing them? And what can be done about it?
We can’t give you a simple answer in a blog post, because there is a range of possibilities and each business is different. The best way to get to the bottom of spikes in heating costs for your business is to work with local commercial HVAC professionals. Our technicians are certified and trained in light-commercial HVAC work, and they can determine what help your facility needs to get those rising costs back under control.
We’ll look into a few of the reasons for rising commercial heating costs to get you started.
Lack of regular maintenance
Is your business enrolled in a regular maintenance program to regularly inspect and tune-up its HVAC equipment? If not, then we can guess that’s one of the reasons you’re paying more for heating. Light commercial heating systems need regular maintenance as much as larger facilities, and allowing even a year to go by without a tune-up for the equipment will lead to at least a 5% increase in costs.
We offer a full maintenance program for our customers who enroll (which includes AC equipment) that also provides benefits such as discounts on non-maintenance rates and a 3-year labor warranty to go along with the manufacturer’s part warranty for new installations.
Commercial heating equipment can often last for more than 20 to 30 years, provided it has routine maintenance. But as the equipment gets up in age, it will start to see a drop in energy efficiency: the last two years of a system’s life will often see a steep rise in the cost to run it.
Those high bills you’re seeing could be warning you that parts of the HVAC system are due for a replacement. The newest technology available will not only stop the cost increase, but it will also lower costs below what they were when your current equipment was new.
Equipment in need of repairs
Even small malfunctions in commercial heating systems will result in a heater that drains more power than necessary to run. If your equipment is still below replacement age, falling efficiency often means the system requires targeted repairs. If you ignore the price increases, you may soon have much bigger problems affecting the climate control in your facility. Move fast to have any repairs done—they’ll cost less and you’ll have your rising bills taken care of.
We offer full service for commercial heating in Everett, WA and throughout Snohomish County and the Eastside. We guarantee a next-business-day response or you’ll receive a free diagnostic.
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