Fall is officially here and with it comes cooler temperatures. And while many of us embrace the cool after the hot weather of a Georgia summer, these lower temps are a reminder to prepare for the colder days ahead. This preparation can take on many aspects, but one job that should not be overlooked is ensuring that your commercial HVAC unit(s) is ready for winter. After all, you don’t want to lose holiday business because your space is too cold to spend time in!
5 Fall Maintenance Tips for Your Commercial HVAC Unit
Performing basic HVAC maintenance tasks is about more than just minimizing problems. It is a way to reduce energy costs for your company. By installing a programmable thermostat, ensuring that your system is designed to benefit your business, and by making upgrades when needed, you can make HVAC maintenance a smaller portion of your responsibilities.
Basic Commercial HVAC Maintenance Practices
· Should you have a system that uses filters, be sure to change these according to the instructions. This will improve the system’s performance, efficiency, and lifetime. Studies show that nearly 30% of electricity used in a typical commercial space comes from the HVAC unit. By keeping it clean, it doesn’t need to work as hard, so energy costs are lower.
· Do planned maintenance checks on the various pieces of equipment to be sure that your warranty stays current. Many HVAC companies will not honor a warranty if the piece has not been properly checked or updated as needed. Consider creating an HVAC maintenance schedule to ensure that each element of the system is checked when it should be.
· Be sure that your HVAC unit’s thermostat is properly calibrated so that you can set it for a specific temperature.
· Check around ductwork, vents, windows, and doors to make sure that no air is escaping. Should you find any leaks, have them sealed asap.
· Check elements such as heat exchangers, any tubes or other orifices where debris can build up and prohibit efficiency.
These maintenance tips for your commercial HVAC unit are not difficult, or lengthy to do, but failing to do them can have significantly adverse effects. Take time now to check out your company’s HVAC units. If you feel as though your older commercial system is not working as needed, or that you are spending more than necessary trying to maintain your existing system, consider having a custom commercial HVAC system designed by MJC.
For questions about the state of your HVAC unit, or to get an expert’s advice, give the MJC team a call today. We can check out your system, provide tips for getting more from it, or even custom design an HVAC system that meets your needs. Don’t wait to see “if” something will happen. Be proactive, and prevent HVAC problems before they can occur.