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The Heat Is On: Prepping Your Commercial HVAC System For Winter Duty

When the leaves change colors and outdoor temperatures drop, you know it's almost time for Old Man Winter to make his appearance. Mother Nature is ready for winter, and as a building manager or property owner, your commercial HVAC system should also be ready.

There's still plenty of time to prepare your building and your commercial HVAC system for the heating season ahead. The following offers several good tips you can use to keep your building's occupants comfortable and your HVAC units in excellent shape.

Invest in Preventive Maintenance

An ounce of prevention will always outweigh a pound of cure, especially when it comes to your heating and cooling equipment. Most problems that affect commercial HVAC systems usually stem from a lack of regularly scheduled maintenance or outright neglect. Ignoring the small stuff can lead to bigger problems later on. By the time you've finally noticed an issue, chances are it's already caused significant damage to your commercial HVAC system.

Preventive maintenance keeps your commercial HVAC equipment in the best possible shape by addressing burgeoning problems before they turn into bigger and more expensive issues. A little preventive maintenance also goes a long way toward making your HVAC system more efficient, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced utility bills throughout the winter.

Double-Check Temperature Settings

Reliability and efficiency are only part of the commercial HVAC puzzle. You should also keep comfort in mind, especially when so many people rely on your building's HVAC system to provide a comfortable environment. Here are a few things you can do to ensure your building remains as comfortable as possible without sacrificing energy efficiency:

  • Make sure your thermostats are set to a temperature that provides optimal warmth without consuming too much energy in the process.
  • Check your thermostats for accuracy, as accurate temperature readings are essential for delivering optimal warmth.
  • Seek out and mitigate hot and cold spots throughout your building, and consider airflow and duct placement as you isolate and improve these areas.

Nominate Your Aging System for Early Retirement

Every commercial HVAC system lives on borrowed time, no matter how well-kept they are. It takes plenty of luck and dedication to push commercial units beyond a 20-year life span. Keeping your existing HVAC system can quickly turn into a case of diminishing returns, as HVAC units rapidly lose their reliability as age and wear take their toll on various components.

If you've had your current commercial HVAC system for the past 15 years, then it's time to consider a timely replacement. Upgrading to newer and more efficient equipment can result in fewer repairs, fewer breakdowns, and fewer complaints from employees, customers, and clients. An HVAC upgrade also helps you reduce your maintenance and operating expenses.

Most importantly, replacing your commercial HVAC system also ensures that overall comfort remains optimal for your building's occupants. With fewer complaints about noise, inconsistent temperatures, and heat availability, your employees, customers, and guests remain comfortable.

Plan for the Unexpected

A sudden cold snap in a normally moderate winter climate can potentially cause problems for your building's heating and cooling equipment. Freeze-ups and other issues exacerbated by frigid temperatures can sideline your commercial HVAC system, leaving occupants with sporadic heat or even no heat at all. An unexpected breakdown at the wrong time can inconvenience some customers and even endanger others.

It's important to have a backup plan for your commercial HVAC system in case the unexpected happens. This includes having an alternative source of heat to fall back on while your main unit undergoes repairs. Having an emergency plan in place ensures your building maintains its warmth without missing a beat. Get in touch with a company such as Robison  Air for more information.