Fall is quickly approaching, and as the weather changes it’s important to evaluate your facility and energy strategies in order to prepare your locations for winter. Here are a few suggestions to ensure your facilities stay safe and efficient during the colder months:
Change your filters
Dirty filters can increase energy costs and jeopardize equipment health.
“Fall back” on November 3rd
Your GridPoint system will automatically adjust your HVAC schedules during daylight savings time, but identify other areas at your facility that will need updating; clocks, outside lighting, etc.
Check equipment and run automated HVAC performance tests
Running GridPoint’s unique HVAC SCOPE report identifies HVAC units within or across sites that are malfunctioning and at what stage the issue is occurring. Preventative maintenance tools like these ensure your sites are running safely and efficiently during the critical winter months.
Clear leaves from rooftop equipment
Leaves can clog equipment and impair its efficiency.
Evaluate summer Demand Response performance
Evaluate performance from the DR season and identify improvement opportunities for next year.
Educate employees on your energy management system and goals
Remind employees why this program is important to your business, how they can be involved, and who to contact if there is an issue (GridPoint support at [email protected] or 866-800-8906).
Watch for energy drift
Energy drift is the gradual loss of efficiency over time due to external factors. GridPoint’s energy analytics team compares site data year over year to identify where energy drift might be occurring and suggests actions that will help mitigate it. This puts efficiency back on track to ensure you are meeting your energy goals.
Start a preventative maintenance schedule using the HVAC health report card
GridPoint’s HVAC health report card prioritizes maintenance for you. It identifies which units require immediate attention, and predicts which units will likely need maintenance soon, then prioritizes them in order of severity. Proactively taking care of these issues eliminates the risk of failure on a cold day.