HVAC Maintenance to control Carbon emissions
Residential and commercial complexes account for more than one-third of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. CO2 greatly contributes to negative global climate change. Scientists predict that left unchecked, emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases from human activities will raise global temperatures by 2.5 F to 10 F this century. This could result in rising sea levels, more frequent floods and droughts, and increased spread of infectious diseases. A building’s carbon footprint is the amount of CO2 it produces during its operations and activities.
Reducing a building’s carbon footprint reduces its running costs, improves employee morale, raises property values and improves LEED scores. Buildings become environmentally responsible, profitable and healthier places to live and work in. The following tips can help reduce a building’s footprint.
Evaluate and measure a building design’s carbon footprint as early in the process as possible. And use alternate layouts and materials to reduce the carbon footprint of a building.
Since HVAC comprises 40 percent of all carbon emissions, incorporating the most efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, along with efficient operations and scheduled maintenance of such systems, reduces carbon footprint. Schedule heating and cooling systems to go on during pre-determined hours; let the system run hotter or cooler in off-hours, depending on the season. Most buildings are ventilated with outside air to keep the inside air fresh and odor free. This ventilation runs all of the time, even when it is not needed. This wastes energy because the outside air needs to be heated or cooled. Installing a low-energy humidifier instead of a typical electric steam humidifier will reduce a building’s carbon footprint. EPSCO Envirotech helps you equip a building with sensors can measure indoor air quality and determine how much ventilation is needed. This means less electricity and natural gas will be needed for the HVAC system, which lowers energy bills and reduces the building’s carbon footprint.