Air conditioning units have become so commonplace in the modern era that we often don’t think about them until something goes wrong. When your HVAC system becomes less efficient, it’s a problem that you’re definitely going to notice. During the hottest months of the summer, it can become apparent that your cooling solution just isn’t working as it once was.
Is it a problem with your system, or are there other factors that come into play?
From maintaining your air conditioner to installing energy-efficient windows and doors, and even replacing your awnings, you do have options when your commercial building isn’t cooling down like it used to.
Book a Maintenance Visit for Your Air Conditioner
Commercial air conditioning has become more efficient in recent years. If your energy bills are creeping up, the solution could be as simple as booking a maintenance tech to inspect and clean your system. Dust and debris that collects around your outdoor unit could be decreasing the efficiency of your system. Components will start working harder to meet your cooling demands, and sometimes they might not be able to keep up.
A local air conditioning technician will be able to perform a number of troubleshooting and maintenance tasks to ensure that you are getting efficient cooling inside your commercial building.
Check Doors and Windows for Cracks and Gaps
Even if you’ve invested in custom awning canopy solutions for your business, you could still be losing energy through cracks and gaps. Anywhere that cool air can escape is a problem. You can inspect around windows and doors for any visible gaps. Use a DIY expanding foam or caulking product to fill in these gaps, and you could notice a significant reduction in your cooling costs.
If you find any significant damage, call a qualified handyman or building contractor as soon as you can.
Install Energy Efficient Windows
Windows are responsible for a significant amount of energy leakage. If your windows are more than 15 years old, then they probably aren’t up to modern efficiency standards. Investing in Low-E glass windows could significantly reduce your cooling costs throughout the hottest months of the year. The energy-efficient glass will also improve efficiency during the winter when you are using your heating system.
Modern glass will reduce UV light penetration while also trapping cool or warm air inside. You’ll enjoy a more comfortable environment, and your staff and customers will appreciate the difference.
Put an Awning Canopy Above All-Sun Facing Windows and Entrances
Even with the most efficient glass in your window frames, direct sunlight could be heating your interior, forcing your air conditioner to run constantly. Placing an awning canopy above each sun-facing window is a simple and cost-effective way to reduce inside temperatures and take the strain off your air conditioner.
Unlike energy-efficient glass, an awning canopy won’t just filter sunlight. Depending on the material you choose, you could completely eliminate UV exposure during daylight hours. Surfaces and ambient temperatures will be cooler, and you will even reduce fading of flooring, upholstery, and furniture.
Canopies create a more comfortable environment, both inside and out. You could place outside seating areas directly below canopies, giving you an even better return on your investment.
Endless Customization Options with Anchor Industries Awning Canopy Products
Don’t overspend on air conditioning this summer. With canopies from Anchor Industries, you will reduce the load on your air conditioner, cut down your cooling costs, and improve comfort indoors.
Investing in an awning canopy can even increase your branding opportunities. You can have each canopy color-matched to your business branding. High definition logo printing is also available, helping you to put your brand front and center. Retail businesses, restaurants, bars, cafes, and hotels, etc. can all benefit from branded canopies.
Anchor Industries uses the highest quality awning canopy materials and hardware to ensure that you get the best return for your dollar. Visit us online and locate a dealer to order custom canopies today.