When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, we all like to focus on the fun that comes with the holiday, whether that be the parades, unique Irish food (from potatoes to shepherd’s pie), or putting all your green clothes on display. This year may look and feel different, but in normal times, that’s what comes with the holiday.
Regardless, the celebration of Irish culture may involve good luck charms, but when it comes to your commercial HVAC maintenance, you certainly don’t want to test your luck…
Here are 8 ways to be sure you maintain your system so it performs optimally, but also so you extend its life for as long as possible.
1. Know when it’s time to change out your air filters
One of the best ways to stay on top of your HVAC maintenance is by replacing your air filters. That’s also one of the top ways to ensure you have the highest indoor air quality possible for your tenants.
Research shows that as much as 10 percent of energy can be saved when you consistently change out your air filters on time.
Just be sure you know how often to change out your air filters. Sometimes people try to cut corners or follow guidelines for residential systems, but often times your commercial heating and cooling system—which can be highly complex—will need to have its air filters changed out much more often.
2. Don’t be afraid to do an energy audit
An energy audit is going to tell you exactly how your space or building uses energy and in what ways you can reduce that consumption.
Air leakage is part of the picture, and optimizing your air flow means lower bills and it means your system may not have to work as hard. In fact, air leakage can increase heating and cooling costs over 30 percent, by some estimates. That just goes to show how ongoing maintenance helps you save month-to-month but also in the long-run.
3. Improve your ventilation
By looking at the current moisture levels in your building, including an evaluation of your current ventilation design, you can begin to figure out any changes you want to implement with your overall ventilation.
From there, we can see the amount of humidity that needs to be removed from the indoor air in order to achieve optimal, healthy indoor humidity levels.
Proper ventilation design regulates humidity and fights back against improper air flow and air pollutants in general so that bacteria can’t thrive and so that humidity in your building stays at a safe level. Think of it this way: making these changes can reduce the amount of indoor air pollutants you have.
In turn, that positively impact your overall indoor air quality – and that will mean your system won’t have to work as hard since it isn’t necessarily being taxed as much as it was before.
4. Consider a no-smoking policy in your building
Removing the source (or minimize the source) of indoor air pollutants isn’t just related to your ventilation efforts. For instance, one of the most common indoor pollutants is tobacco smoke, and that can make your system have to work harder to do its job. It’s a good idea to prohibit smoking inside the building and also to confine the designated smoking area to a place outdoors far away from the building’s door.
5. Control the humidity
The wrong humidity level inside your office can negatively impact the air quality. Extreme low or high humidity can help feed those nasty contaminants. Again, that makes your system work harder than it were without those extra contaminants.
6 Consider a UV germicidal light
This will help kill the bacteria and viruses that travel through your ductwork. Keeping them out of your ductwork means that they won’t ever reach the indoor air.
7. Choose Greater Comfort For Preventative Maintenance
You want a company that is reliable and has the experience for one of the biggest investments your property has—that is, your heating and cooling system. You also want a company that has proper licensing, certifications, bonding and insurance that fits local requirements, and fully trained and experienced staff—at minimum.
You also want to select a HVAC contractor that has experienced technicians who know how to install heating and cooling systems and properly maintain a wide variety of commercial heating and cooling systems.
Anyone who ever works on your system should be held to the same high standard, so don’t be afraid to ask for reviews, recommendations, or references. Part of the value in signing up for a preventative maintenance agreement is also the fact that you can know it is going to happen when it needs to happen. No need to forget about it, since it’s going to happen!
8. Don’t ignore signs that your AC may be over-working
Sometimes maintenance is about paying attention to how your system is operating. It also means not ignoring some of the notifications you may be receiving that indicate or suggest that efficiency is down.
If your AC is constantly over-working or if it seems to be cycling, you don’t want to ignore it. Similarly, if the furnace seems like it is overworking, don’t ignore that either. The benefit of when you fix the issue: you’ll be saving money, sure, but tenants will also be more comfortable. That’s a win for everyone, and once again, it helps to maintain your system in the long-run.
Turn to Greater Comfort for Commercial HVAC Maintenance
Greater Comfort is proud to be a veteran-owned business that’s able to put our customers first. The Greater Comfort team will earn your trust through reliability, quality service, innovative offerings, and attention to detail.
Our experienced, certified technicians provide you with professional and quality installation or upgrade, 24/7 repair or service, and preventative maintenance to keep your system working as it should. Call 859-491-4915 or click here to get your free estimate today.