As a building manager, you would be happy if you never had to replace your commercial HVAC system, right? Unfortunately, that’s just not possible. Nothing lasts forever. Don’t be discouraged though because we know of a few changes you can make which will elongate the life of your HVAC system. As you can guess, it takes extra work but if you take these tips and couple them with professional, seasonal maintenance your system will be loyal for years to come!
Commercial HVAC Practices Which Extend the Life of Your System
Keep control of your Commercial HVAC system.
Whether you control your HVAC system with a programmable thermostat or an automation system, maintaining that control over your system allows you to keep it running efficiently. Working with a QRC HVAC technician, you can learn what settings are best for your system and your building. Which prevents you from overworking your system and causing it unnecessary wear.
This includes scheduling your system to work when there are occupants in the building, but to take a break when it doesn’t need to stay on. Turn everything off if it’s not in use, adjust room settings according to when they’re occupied, and completely disable cooling equipment when the building is unoccupied.
While it’s not always possible to turn off the system when you’re not using it, it’s costly to run the HVAC system throughout the night, especially if only a small percentage of the building is in use. Keeping control of your commercial HVAC system throughout the building and at all times of the day will save you money and make your system more efficient, reducing excess wear.
Avoid simultaneous heating and cooling.
It’s possible that your central HVAC system expels cooler air than necessary, so the reheat coils then have to heat up to lower the temperature of the cooler air. When the heating and cooling systems are working against each other like this, it causes extra wear on your commercial HVAC system as a whole.
Sometimes it’s just a matter of adding sensors to different parts of your building or the installation of Demand-Controlled Ventilation, which adjusts the amount of outside air the system takes in depending on the number of occupants in the building. If you sense you may have a problem with simultaneous heating and cooling in your building, call QRC today and we can determine the best way to reduce it in your building.
Schedule seasonal preventative maintenance for you HVAC system.
By scheduling seasonal, preventative maintenance for your commercial HVAC system, you’re ensuring the system is working efficiently and also reducing the chance of your system breaking down. When an HVAC technician sees your system regularly throughout the year, they can keep an eye out for symptoms of a problem with your system to stay ahead. You also completely eliminate the possibility of any breaks or malfunctions which happen as a result of neglect.
Regular maintenance of your commercial HVAC system will:
- Reduce overall energy consumption by 25% to 30%.
- Reduce system downtime by 30% – 35%.
- Reduce unexpected breakdowns by 70% to 75%.
- And reduce overall repair and maintenance costs by up to 20%. Source
Ultimately, having a Commercial HVAC specialist perform routine maintenance on your system will prevent breakdowns, reduce downtime, reduce breakdowns and malfunctions, lower the operating cost of the system, and it even reduces your building’s carbon footprint!
It’s a win all around.