If you own a company that makes use of a commercial HVAC system, you know that HVAC repairs and maintenance can sometimes be expensive. You also know that your HVAC system has a direct effect on your business. If you’re a store or restaurant where you have regular consumers present, you want those consumers to be comfortable. This will ensure they stay in your facility and make purchases. If you operate a business in a building and have numerous employees working for you, you want your employees to be comfortable so they can continue to be productive. In some cases, you will be renting space from a landlord and will not be financially responsible for any HVAC repairs or maintenance; however, the system still has a direct effect on your business. It is ultimately your responsibility to determine how much attention you’d like to spend on your building’s internal environment, and decide how much it affects your bottom line. We’ve come up with a few repair and maintenance tips that should help you save money, keep your clients and/or employees happy, and keep your commercial HVAC system running efficiently.
- Have your commercial HVAC system services twice a year. At this time, any repairs that need to be done should be done. This bi-annual service will also include any maintenance touch-ups (i.e changing air filters). This will extend the life of the HVAC equipment and ensure that it continues to run smoothly throughout the year. A disruption in air conditioning or heating can be extremely uncomfortable for anybody who enters your building. It can cause employees to be distracted and unproductive. It can cause consumers to move on to another retail outlet/restaurant that’s more comfortable.
- Have your air filters changed quarterly. This will improve your HVAC system’s efficiency and provide better indoor air quality. This is especially useful during peak allergy seasons such as Spring and Fall. This is also important during cold/flu seasons. It will prevent build-up of allergens, mold, dust, and fungus. The last thing you need is for your employees or customers to become ill due to your building. If your employees are sick, it costs your company money. If your customers become sick in your building, a repeat visit may not be in the near future. Changing your air filters routinely will also prevent the system from freezing up, which will ultimately cause a breakdown in the equipment.
- Consider the cost of replacement versus repair. We all want to get the most out of any products or equipment we purchase. It is instinctual for us to try to squeeze every last bit of life out of them, especially when we see smaller dollar figures attached to the cost of a repair rather than a replacement. It is essential, however, to figure out what the total amount of money is that you’re throwing into repairs versus replacing the system. In the long run, there will come a point when it’s financially beneficial for you to replace broken equipment rather than repair it.