There are many factors that go into the energy consumption of buildings. Take for example indoor spaces that demand a lot of extra airflow – think research labs, wet chemistry labs, and hospital operating and procedure rooms – the excess energy costs can quickly add up.
Breaking it down, the current price to move one cubic foot per minute (CFM) of air in a 100 percent exhaust system runs approximately $5 to $8 annually, and that’s depending on the region of the country. Wasting just 10,000 CFM can mean as much as $80,000 plus utility costs.
That’s why it’s important to invest in the correct control system specific to the building taking account for all the factors such as; outdoor climate, the foundation of the building, the building technology, the builds energy technology, the operation and maintenance of the building, the quality of the interior room and the use of the building. By choosing the most efficient airflow control system for your facility, your payback period will be shorter and you’ll maintain those savings for the life of the system.
Here are a few ways you can create efficiencies for your Winnipeg buildings.
- Lowering the air change rates depending on real time air quality.
- Recirculating exhaust air safely.
- Shutting off the exhaust system of unused devices.
- Eliminating the wasted energy of unoccupied fume hoods.
- Incorporating efficient settings for unoccupied buildings.
- Resetting fan static pressure based on changing (dynamic) conditions.
Depending on the type of room or area, and the daily usage of the space, one or more of these solutions can be incorporated into the design. Incorporate effective working areas and you’ll see a definite return on your investment, usually within one or two years.