Commercial HVAC Maintenance Tips

Small business ownersBusiness owners are always looking for ways to cut back on operating costs. Commercial heating and cooling systems require quite a bit to run, and are a great starting point when looking for ways to trim your expenses. Proper maintenance and upkeep for your commercial HVAC system will go a long way towards helping you reduce your utility bills, keep repair costs minimal and avoid down time due to system failures, and help you lengthen the service life of your equipment. Below are some tips to help you properly care for your commercial HVAC systems.

Change filters regularly
Utilizing new filters improves air flow through the commercial HVAC system. When filters become clogged, the system must expend more energy to push air through the system, increasing energy use. It is important that you change the filters in your commercial HVAC system regularly, as it will improve the performance of your equipment and improve the indoor air quality of your facility.
Working with a commercial HVAC specialist, you can determine the appropriate frequency for changing the filters in your facility. Regular monitoring of your filter’s condition should also be conducted; changes to your indoor environment, increased airborne byproducts of manufacturing, and other factors specific to your business may warrant the need to increase filter change frequency from time to time.

Schedule professional preventative maintenance
Professional maintenance for your commercial HVAC systems is one of the best investments you can make towards reducing the cost to heat and cool your facility. Commercial heating and cooling equipment is heavy-duty, and you ask a lot of your system each season. In some cases, this equipment is essential to your business processes. Due to the importance as well as the expense of these systems, system maintenance should be a priority every season.
Commercial HVAC technicians perform thorough tune-ups for heating and cooling equipment. A tune-up reduces the harmful effects of the wear and tear your systems sustain through normal and heavy use, which improves system performance as well as efficiency. Technicians utilize diagnostic technology to uncover potential issues affecting your system, so that preventative measures may be taken to reduce the likelihood of system breakdowns or even total system failure. Down time because your facility has no heat on freezing days can cost you thousands; taking preventative measures before the start of heating season will provide the best protection for your commercial furnace or boiler.

Calibrate thermostats
Thermostats which aren’t reading temperatures properly could be costing your facility quite a bit in unnecessary energy use. Many commercial facilities operate using some form of zoning, so there may be multiple thermostats in use throughout the building. Your maintenance team or a commercial HVAC professional can test the calibration of your thermostats and make any necessary adjustments.

If you are using older, manual thermostats, upgrading to Wi-Fi enabled or programmable thermostats could help you better manage your facility’s energy use. By setting temperature setbacks based on the usage patterns of your facility, you can limit energy waste caused when the heat is left on during periods of nonuse. Wi-Fi enabled thermostats give you the option to adjust thermostats remotely, and some offer valuable energy monitoring data which you can use to adjust your heating and cooling habits.