Keep your energy costs down when the temperature’s up

The virtually nonexistent winter of 2016-17 followed by the the spring heat wave that gripped Missouri has now moderated to more normal summer temperatures. Still, some of us are wondering — if it’s 80 in February and 90 in May, what’s the rest of July and August going to be like? How am I going to keep my business cool for the rest of the summer?

cat resting on an old AC unitThe truth of the matter is that if you have an older HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system, it’s probably time for a more efficient replacement. Not only will your investment be offset by reduced monthly energy bills, you may be able to trim costs further through rebates.

Many other municipalities and utility companies also offer rebates. Check with your utility provider before purchasing a unit.

hot/cold dial on AC unitAnd if you need financial help, Missouri’s Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing could help you overcome up-front cost barriers and fund qualifying energy efficiency property improvements.

Be warned, however, that major new HVAC systems can be a huge investment — $13,000 and up for decent commercial units, so take your time shopping and comparing before replacing old equipment. HVAC technology, like all tech, has ramped up significantly, and you may be able to replace that huge unit with a small, fully portable one.

Here are five tips on what to look for in a new HVAC system.