Businesses across the world report facility cost is one of the major cost items they have to contend with each year. Apart from mortgage expenses or rent, energy costs are among the most considerable in a business operation. Research has shown that commercial and industrial facilities in the United States spend $400 billion and above each year on energy alone.
This means lowering your energy expenditure can give you significant savings which can be fed into other channels to expand your business and even generate new income. If you are looking for a place where you can start saving, your commercial HVAC system is that opportunity.
Why Commercial HVAC Maintenance is Important
On average, lighting and HVAC systems are among the largest consumers of energy in any commercial building. Building automation systems and several other technologies have come to reduce these costs, but even then, HVAC system maintenance still remains an incredible solution to energy reduction. Whether you do the entire process yourself or you hire HVAC professionals for part of it, the following are some of the maintenance issues that you need to tackle in your business.
Preventive Commercial HVAC Maintenance
Businesses depending on their scales and type of activities will have unique needs. This means any HVAC maintenance plan should be tailored to the individual needs of the businesses. Preventive maintenance should be done in spring for cooling systems while for heating systems, it should be done in fall.
This service must be undertaken by a qualified HVAC technician who is familiar with your specific HVAC brand. The beauty with preventive maintenance is that it tunes up your HVAC system thereby ensuring it runs smoothly throughout the season.
Outdoor components such as coils, cabinets, drain pans, condensate lines, compressor, fan motor, and control boxes are inspected, cleaned, lubricated, and where necessary recharged so that they can competently function during summer or winter.
On the other hand, indoor components such as blowers, belts, combustion blower housing, burner assembly, ignition system, safety controls, heat exchangers, and flue systems are checked, cleaned, replaced, and tightened where necessary.
Inspecting and Changing Air Filters
Air filters must be inspected at least once per month. This is important because filters become clogged with debris and dust over time. Filters should be changed at least once every 3 months or according to the manufacturer’s recommendation. It’s important your filters are attended to regularly because they can interfere with air flow.
Thermostats should be programmed at the onset of cooling and heating seasons. In case you are switching from one HVAC system to another, it is important you also reprogram your thermostat. A well programmed thermostat helps in saving energy because the heating and cooling will only be on demand and based on schedules.
Periodic System Checks
On a monthly basis or as need be, check your thermostat to see whether it operates well, your drip pans, and drain lines must also be inspected regularly for any system clogs. Lack of regular drain line checkups can expose your premises to mold and mildew.
With proper maintenance, the heating and cooling system within your business premises will operate efficiently all year round and generate notable savings for you.