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HVAC Hacks: Scheduling for Smarter Savings

HVAC Hacks: Scheduling for Smarter Savings

by ENA Team

Keeping your commercial building comfortable for occupants is key, but so is keeping your energy bills down. The traditional approach of picking a thermostat setpoint and running the HVAC for a constant temperature target all day isn't always the most efficient. Here's where creative scheduling comes in!

Why Rethink Your HVAC Schedule?

Commercial buildings are often unoccupied for significant stretches – nights, weekends, and even during holidays. Running the HVAC at full blast during these times is a waste of energy.  By implementing a creative scheduling strategy, you can:

1) Reduce energy consumption and utility costs
2) Minimize wear and tear on your HVAC system, extending its lifespan
3) Improve occupant comfort by pre-conditioning the space before they arrive

      Creative Scheduling Strategies

      Time-based scheduling: Set your HVAC to automatically adjust temperatures based on occupancy. Program it to ramp down at night and on weekends, and pre-heat or cool the space an hour before employees arrive. Calendar 365, a feature of ENASTAT, allows you to align your HVAC’s schedule to a specific calendar date, not just a day of the week. 

      Occupancy sensors: Take scheduling a step further with occupancy sensors. These detect movement and automatically adjust HVAC settings when the space is vacant. This is most effective in smaller spaces that don’t require long periods of pre-conditioning.

      Zone control: If your building has different areas with varying usage patterns, consider zone control. This allows you to adjust temperatures in specific areas independently, optimizing comfort and energy use. Setting up zones in the ENA App is incredibly easy! 

      Weather integration: Smart thermostats such as ENASTAT can integrate with weather forecasts or take input such as air quality and adjust operations accordingly. On mild days, the system can rely less on heating or cooling, reducing energy consumption.

          Beyond Scheduling: Optimizing Comfort and Efficiency

          Scheduling is just one piece of the puzzle. Here are some additional tips:

          Regular maintenance: Ensure your HVAC system is functioning optimally by scheduling regular maintenance checks.

          Air sealing and insulation: A well-sealed and insulated building envelope reduces drafts and heat transfer, minimizing the strain on your HVAC system.

          Employee education: Encourage employees to be mindful of energy use by turning off lights and electronics when not in use, and by wearing appropriate clothing for the season.

              Getting Started with Creative Scheduling

              Consult an HVAC professional: They can assess your building's specific needs and recommend the best scheduling strategy.

              Invest in smart technology: Smart thermostats and occupancy sensors can automate scheduling and optimize your system's performance.

              Monitor and adjust: Track your energy consumption after implementing changes. Fine-tune your schedule for maximum efficiency and comfort. ENA Solution’s Dashboard provides reliable and actionable insights to help you save. 

                By taking a creative approach to HVAC scheduling, you can create a more sustainable and cost-effective environment for your commercial building. Remember, a little planning goes a long way in keeping everyone comfortable and your wallet happy!
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