Heating + Cooling

TVA is here to help, too. Our experts provide recommendations on optimizing your HVAC system. And if it’s time for a retrofit or upgrade, TVA offers HVAC incentives to help cover the costs.

 Maintaining Your HVAC System

  • Check and repair filters, belts, coils and bearings regularly.
  • Clean evaporator and condenser coils regularly.
  • Maintain the correct refrigerant charge.
  • Inspect ducts regularly for air leakage.
  • Use aerosol sealants rather than duct tape to repair ducts.

Optimizing Your HVAC System

  • Install timers or programmable thermostats set to shut down or reset temperatures during non-business hours.
  • Hold after-hours events in rooms that can be individually heated or cooled so you’re not paying to regulate temperatures in the entire space.
  • Install controls to reduce ventilation during non-business hours.
  • Treat cooling tower water to prevent blockage and corrosion, which shortens equipment life, increases energy use and promotes the growth of potentially hazardous microorganisms.
  • Install adjustable-speed drives on air-handler motors and recirculation fans to save energy when they don’t need to run at full power.
  • Install ceiling ventilation fans to create better air circulation and temperature distribution.
  • Test, adjust and balance the system as needed to optimize performance and efficiency.

Larger Improvements + Upgrades

If those tips don't get your HVAC system performing efficiently, you may need a larger upgrade or even replacement. Consider a few of these options:

  • Installing more efficient exhaust fans. Mixed flow impeller exhaust fans are about 25 percent more efficient than traditional centrifugal exhaust fans. They can also be cheaper to install and maintain.
  • Adding a unitary heat pump. These can provide temperature control in smaller spaces that are occupied during off-hours without the need to operate the central system.
  • Installing an economizer cycle. Ideal for large buildings with areas requiring year-round cooling, an economizer cycle can use fresh-air cooling to reduce costs.
  • Adding a heat recovery system. Such systems recover 45 to 65 percent of the heat from exhaust air to reduce the energy required to heat or cool intake air.
  • Converting to a variable air volume system. Such systems operate more effectively by adjusting airflow depending on demand. 

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EnergyRight Incentives

Energy efficiency is now standard business practice. Where do you go next for savings that can give you a competitive edge? Investing in emerging electric technologies can reduce your carbon footprint, increase productivity, enhance brand image and improve your bottom line. EnergyRight Solutions now offers incentives for efficiency and electrification measures. Click here to learn more about our incentives.

Want More Information?

Want to know more details, or understand what to expect? Click here to learn more about how the incentive process works, and read our guidelines, terms and conditions.

Call on Us

Do you have questions or special concerns? Do you need to talk to an EnergyRight consultant in your area? If so, we want to hear from you. Contact us at:

EnergyRight Solutions for Business + Industry
(866) 233-0450
TVABusinessIncentive@tva.gov
424 Church Street, Suite 1320
Nashville, TN 37219