You probably know the expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of comfort.” Or something like that. But there are real reasons — economic and physiological — to prioritize the performance and well-being of your system. After all, a commercial HVAC system is one of the most important investments a business can make; it can keep employees and customers comfortable, boost indoor air quality and even protect the integrity of your products. But like any investment, your HVAC system needs to be properly maintained in order to function at its best.
Here are some of the benefits of regular commercial HVAC maintenance:
- Increased energy efficiency: A well-maintained HVAC system will use less energy to operate, which can save you money on your utility bills.
- Reduced downtime: When your HVAC system is properly maintained, it is less likely to break down. This means fewer unexpected repairs and disruptions to your business.
- Improved air quality: A clean and well-maintained HVAC system helps to improve air quality in your building. This can reduce the risk of sick building syndrome and improve the health and productivity of your employees.
- Extended system life: Regular maintenance can help to extend the life of your HVAC system. This means you will get more years of use out of your investment.
With those benefits in mind, how often should you have your commercial HVAC system maintained? Most experts recommend having your system serviced at least once or twice per year. This will help to catch any potential problems early on and prevent them from becoming major repairs. That said, the frequency of maintenance will depend on the usage, size and type of your system, as well as the environment in which it operates.
A comprehensive commercial HVAC maintenance will include a number of different tasks, such as:
- Inspecting the system for leaks, damage, and wear and tear.
- Cleaning and replacing air filters
- Lubricating moving parts
- Checking electrical components
- Testing the system's performance
When choosing a commercial HVAC maintenance company, it is important to do your research. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, or business associates. You should also get quotes from several different companies before making a decision.Here are some additional tips for commercial HVAC maintenance:
- Keep a log of all maintenance and repairs performed on your system. This will help you track the system's history and make sure that it is properly maintained.
- Educate your employees on how to operate and maintain your HVAC system. This will help to prevent problems and extend the life of the system.
- Be prepared for emergencies. Have a plan in place in case your HVAC system breaks down. This could include having a backup system or knowing who to call for repairs.
- Install a connected thermostat (like ENASTAT) that can provide real-time insights and usage details, plus inform you of any system issues or anomalies.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that your commercial HVAC system is always running smoothly and efficiently. Happy heating and cooling!