In the last few years, our country has witnessed a tremendous change in the way facility management functions. This phenomenon is growing at a fast pace and as a result, it is impacting facility managers. They are better able to handle the systems through integration and interoperability. With the growth of IT convergence along with interoperation, various systems and processes can be linked instantly. Functions ranging from security to equipment to fire can be interconnected with the entire building automation system or BAS. The facility managers have the authority to leverage each and every asset to its fullest capacity and the HVAC system forms the most critical aspect of the building management. The HVAC systems use more than 40 percent of energy in commercial buildings. On top of that, there is a rising demand for the HVAC systems and it invariably calls for HVAC support systems. It goes without saying that HVAC systems should be kept at its peak for optimal facility usage.
Ways in which maximum operational efficiency of a building can be achieved:
Verification and measurement- It is very important to measure the energy consumption of the building and doing it through a single meter offers a wider perspective of energy consumption across the business facility. It generates a preventive alert on various issues but it fails to identify where exactly the problem is. Thus, facility managers can choose to have sub-meter HVAC systems for having operational efficiency. This process not only tracks electricity usage but also offers accurate data in real-time. Moreover, it can set off crucial alarms when the components of the system are not able to perform at its peak levels.
Monitoring and maintaining- Regular monitoring and maintenance is an important step in optimizing energy performance. On a regular basis, facility managers can effortlessly calibrate the control systems including the thermostats for accurately heating and cooling different areas of the building.
Moreover, integrating a timer strategy for regulating the use of HVAC during the non-peak hours or unoccupied hours in a day can be quite useful. Inspecting the HVAC system on a regular basis calls for cleaning and replacing the dampers and air filters for ensuring top-notch performance. Also, with the passage of time, heating and cooling systems can choke the AC ducts and exert more pressure on the performance of the system. Facility managers can also perform some improvement jobs like leaking windows and such others. Also, for saving energy, it is important to keep the doors closed all the time, specifically during the high and low span of temperature.
Another mistake of the facility managers is that they often regard maintenance to be nothing more than an extra overhead expense. This is due to the fact reducing overhead costs lead to increased profit margins. But this is not the way the HVAC maintenance system should be dealt with. Planning and resources must be structured in such a way that predictive and regular maintenance becomes an integral part of HVAC inspection. The facility managers must have a comprehensive plan which, in turn, will reduce maintenance costs drastically.
Replacing HVAC equipment- Commercial HVAC products are devised in such a way that they can run easily for 15 and 20 years. Before you decide to replace any HVAC equipment, it is important to conduct some level of scrutiny as well as inspection. This is because any replacement can be a burden on the funds and the facility manager should, therefore, check the adjustable control sequence, sensors, and such other parts. In some cases, it is also viable to hire a professional expert for making minor repairs and fixes. Building owners have an affinity towards low cost or even zero cost measures and adopting these paths can help in saving costs to a great extent. It is also viable to have regular every audit before any kind of replacement for ensuring the optimal performance of the HVAC system.
Facility managers, as well as building owners, can measure their daily business operations for increasing efficiency of the HVAC and other systems as a whole. This is needed for ensuring that the integrated systems are duly audited for monitoring their performance. Moreover, when the executors have the necessary support of the budget, they can easily carry out their work. Facility managers are well aware that ignoring the HVAC system can lead to costly repairs for the managers and so if they can assess the real savings with respect to comprehensive maintenance and plans, then the whole procedure can result in a boost in the optimizing efficiency.