The Greater Comfort team wants you to be able to know what to do for commercial HVAC preventative maintenance. Here are just a few of the top ways you can keep your HVAC running as effectively and efficiently as possible for years to come.
1. Maintain your air filters
We’ve said it before and we will say it again: one of the most effective ways to improve your air quality? The answer: regularly changing out your air filters, saving you up to 10% in wasted energy costs when doing so.
Originally, filters were built into HVAC systems to keep the moving parts of the furnace free of dust and debris. But, fast forward to today, and air filters are primarily used to improve the quality of the air that flows through your business.
Bottom line: debris and a dirty air filter makes your HVAC work harder and reduces efficiency at the same time. Change out your air filters on time and you’ll be helping to keep your building’s air fresh and clean AND you’ll be maintaining your system properly.
2. Make sure your thermostat is working as it should
Does it seem like your thermostat is turning on and off? Hearing any new or strange noises? Or are building occupants saying the temperature control is off? Don’t ignore ANY signs that the thermostat is not working as it should.
Second, make sure you’ve calibrated the thermostat or have us calibrate the thermostat to make sure your point of control is working just as it should.
3. Fix faulty components quickly
Worn out ball bearings? Think something went wrong with your heat exchanger? Or do you suspect the blower belt isn’t working quite right? If you think something has gone wrong with your system, don’t delay in calling us.
If something does need a repair, delaying that process can do more damage or it can impact other parts of the system. Not only that, but if something isn’t working as it should, it really is harder on your system overall.
4. Keep up with quality maintenance
This step goes hand-in-hand with changing your air filters. Just as you wouldn’t go without an oil change, don’t skip your regular, seasonal maintenance. It not only puts your system at risk but it can put the healthy and safety of tenants at risk, too.
5. Continue to take steps to improve efficiency
Maybe it is added insulation. Maybe it’s taking steps to reduce drafts, or asking people to avoid propping doors open. Or maybe it is finally encouraging tenants to take advantage of the programmable thermostat the right way…
Whatever the case may be to help improve your system’s overall performance, there are many other steps you can take to contribute to maximum efficiency. Ask us if you want more recommendations.
6. Always use a qualified HVAC contractor company
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.
7. Minimize indoor air pollutants
So what exactly is an indoor pollutant? Everything from tobacco smoke to carbon monoxide to mold can be considered an indoor air pollutant. The key thing is that not only are these harmful to people’s health, but they also can make your system have to work that much harder.
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. If you haven’t already and these sound like issues you have, it may be time for a high efficiency air filter to combat indoor contaminants. Luckily, there are plenty of choices on the market.
When appropriate, you can also opt for a humidity control system. The wrong humidity level inside your office can negatively impact the air quality.
Extreme low or high humidity can help feed those nasty contaminants! 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.
Turn to Greater Comfort for Commercial HVAC Maintenance
A locally owned and operated company, Greater Comfort’s team has more than 30 years of unmatched service—bringing a special brand of expertise and customer service to every job we perform.
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.