HVAC

Need to meet efficiency goals or cost-reduction targets?

Direct Efficiency® can lower your energy usage and cut operational costs by optimizing your current HVAC equipment. With this program, you’ll be in the driver’s seat to manage energy costs and can get started with no upfront capital.

HVAC is often the single largest consumer of energy usage, which can be costly for your business. We work with our customers to find the products and solutions that are right for your equipment and will drive the biggest savings.

How Direct Efficiency benefits you and your business

We design, fund, install, meter and maintain your energy-efficient upgrades and only bill for a portion of every dollar you save. Let Direct Efficiency handle your energy upgrades so you can focus on building your business.

  • No upfront costs

  • Reduce energy usage and save from Day 1

  • Maintenance during contract term

  • Repayment based on metered savings

  • Increase productivity and life span of HVAC equipment

  • Flexibility to integrate with existing BMS or be your BMS

  • Improve air quality and maximize comfort

How we help you save

  • Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) for existing Roof Top Units (RTU): Stand-alone drive solutions for fan energy savings

  • Advanced Rooftop Unit Control (ARC) Solution: Combination of VFDs, demand control ventilation (DCV), and economization to reduce energy use

  • Smart Motor Replacement: Drop-in motor replacements are software enabled with built-in sensors for optimal performance

  • Building Management System (BMS) for your portfolio: Flexibility to integrate with existing BMS or be applied as the BMS to enable remote control, monitoring, scheduling, diagnosis and multisite management

  • Enterprise-level visibility into HVAC performance: Web-based visualization of RTU efficiency, system performance, energy accountability tools, fault detection and diagnostics
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Additional Resources

In addition to our team member support, more information is available for all of our Direct Efficiency energy system upgrade offerings.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Direct Efficiency is not financing; it is a true service contract. This means that you pay only a portion of what you actually save. There are no fixed payments, and if equipment isn’t performing, you aren’t on the hook.
  • The Direct Efficiency model is structured so that our goals are aligned with yours. We take on most of the risk associated with these system upgrades – you don’t have to worry about upfront costs, maintenance or whether the actual savings will live up to projections. Our years of experience negotiating with contractors, procuring materials and designing complex systems means the most efficient equipment upgrades for you. Instead of asking you to front the money for the upgrade or pay a fixed amount each month regardless of your savings, we get paid based on a portion of your actual metered savings. Your savings are based on your actual energy usage, not a hypothetical estimate of what your energy savings might be. For customers who are capital-constrained or hesitant to take the next step, this risk-free approach can provide an appealing alternative.
  • We pay for all costs associated with your equipment upgrade – from design to installation – and provide replacement parts and maintenance of the equipment installed for the duration of our contract. We install a revenue-grade meter to measure exactly how much energy the new system consumes. We then determine your measured savings and use your actual monthly electric rate to calculate the exact savings in dollars and cents – and then bill you for a portion.
  • You could see savings on your bill steadily increase from day one of equipment installation (even before your service period begins) – all the way to project completion and beyond.
  • We currently work with businesses of various sizes in a variety of industries – manufacturing plants, warehouses, condominium buildings, schools, big-box retail stores, grocery stores and more.
  • Yes, Direct Efficiency can help customers decrease their carbon footprint in a way that is fast, easy and improves their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) scores. LED lighting, HVAC or refrigeration equipment upgrades all translate to substantial energy and carbon savings. Regardless of which technology we’re working together to implement, we’ll provide you with an estimate of how your upgrade compares to cars removed from the road, as a measure of the positive impact you’re having on the environment.
  • To date, we’ve deployed a wide variety of technologies and brands. The only product we’re tied to is the one that’s right for the job. The specific technologies used are secondary to the savings they generate and their lifetime reliability. Since we only get paid when you save – and are responsible for any replacements – our interests are aligned with yours. We want systems that are reliable, perform well and save energy.
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