In condominiums, cooperatives and homeowners’ associations, residential heating and cooling (HVAC for short) can be major, both in terms of financial cost and energy expenditure; to keep those under control, it would behoove any association board to stay on top of the latest trends and innovations in HVAC, and make sure their own equipment and systems are up-to-date and well-maintained.
Something as simple as opening curtains to reduce the need for artificial lighting or making sure that appliances and water are turned all the way off when not in use can make an impact as well, according to Ricardo Martinez, a staff engineer with m2e Consulting Engineers in Miami. “Of significant note are what we call ‘energy vampires,’ which are appliances and devices that have a standby mode that continues to use electricity, only at lower levels,” Martinez explains. “Typical devices include cable/satellite boxes, computers, printers, microwaves, and cell phone chargers. Residents can connect these devices and appliances to power strips to easily and quickly turn them off. Residents can also use outlet timers to turn devices on for a specific amount of time.”
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