Assessing the benefits of heating controls
October 07, 2013 - Design / Build
CCES evaluated several options, such as installing thermostats on all apartment units at once or potentially only on representative ones, such as a couple of apartment units in a column. Temperature data from the thermostat can feed back to the valves controlling hot water flow to the column of apartments. CCES also researched the literature in terms of what other multifamily buildings have achieved in terms of reduced fuel combustion based on operating thermostats, and current incentives offered by the utility and NYS for applicable programs.
CCES determined that operating thermostats in selected units feeding back to the system can reduce ERH fuel combustion by about $300,000 to $350,000 per year (15-20%). CCES calculated that based on probable equipment and installation costs and likely incentives from NYS, the project payback would be about three years.
CCES has technical experts experienced in advising you on the proper use of controls to save you fuel use of your combustion system or electricity of a rooftop or similar HVAC system to save you money and maintain proper comfort. Contact us today.
Marc Karell, P.E., CEM, is the president of Climate Change & Environmental Services, LLC, Mamaroneck, N.Y.