Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are one of the largest users of energy in any commercial setting. Through the EnergyRight Solutions for Business Program, TVA offers a number of services to commercial and business customers that will help them assess their system’s efficiency and opportunities for cost savings.
Many large commercial buildings have chilled-water systems, which have separate central chillers and air handlers connected by pipes and pumps. It’s important to note that focusing on the efficiency of the chiller alone will not necessarily lead to the greatest savings, for these reasons:
Unitary cooling equipment is found in about 70 percent of U.S. commercial buildings. The system may be a factory-assembled heat pump or air conditioner of the type commonly used in buildings up to three stories such as retail stores, smaller office buildings and schools. Some operating considerations for unitary systems are:
A variable air volume (VAV) system is designed to operate more efficiently than a constant air volume system by regulating the amount of cooling targeted toward any specific room or area. A room whose windows face the sun for most of the day has a higher cooling load than a room in the shade. When a VAV box constricts a valve to let less air through, it decreases the amount of energy consumed by the fans that direct air around the building.
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