Identify areas with distinct cooling requirements - such as open office spaces, conference rooms, and server rooms - and use separate thermostats or HVAC controls for each zone to adjust temperature settings accordingly.
By implementing zoning strategies, you can prioritise cooling in high-traffic or critical areas while minimising energy usage in less-used spaces.
4. Improve Insulation
Proper insulation plays a vital role in minimising heat transfer from outside and improving energy efficiency. Insufficient insulation can lead to heat gain during hot weather, causing your air conditioning system to work harder.
Evaluate the insulation in your building and identify areas that may require improvement. Seal gaps around windows and doors, use weatherstripping to prevent air leaks and upgrade insulation materials in walls, ceilings and floors to enhance thermal resistance.
5. Consider Energy-Efficient Equipment
When purchasing or upgrading air conditioning units, look for models with high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) and Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) ratings - the higher the value the greater the efficiency.
Consider advanced features such as variable speed compressors and energy-saving modes that can further enhance the energy efficiency of your air conditioning system. These features adjust cooling output based on demand, saving energy during periods of lower cooling requirements.
6. Install Occupancy Sensors
Installing occupancy sensors can help optimise energy use by detecting movement in different areas of your commercial space, so place them strategically in areas with varying levels of occupancy, such as meeting rooms and break rooms.
The sensors can communicate with the HVAC system, adjusting temperature settings based on real-time occupancy data. This approach ensures that cooling is provided only where and when it’s needed, minimising energy waste.
7. Promote Employee Awareness and Engagement