Whether you run a business or manage a property, there is something that you’ll need to think about in regards to the comfort of that building’s occupants–air conditioning. There is no way your commercial space can go without this important climate control system–doing so could lose you employees, tenants, customers, etc.
Of course, you probably don’t think about your commercial air conditioner much. But it’s important to, especially if you want to have any control over your overhead costs. Imagine this… small residential HVAC systems account for over half of a home’s energy use and costs. Can you imagine how that applies to a large commercial space?
Maintaining the system properly keeps these energy costs as low as possible, keeps the commercial air conditioner operating powerfully, and even helps prolong its lifespan. Read on as we uncover how you can help maintain your commercial air conditioner.
Change the Air Filters Regularly
You might have a general “handyperson” for your building, or a maintenance professional. If so, they may be tasked with changing out the HVAC air filters in your commercial space. This is still an important tip though…
There is a common misconception that the air filters of any given HVAC system, residential or commercial, are there to protect the indoor air quality of that space. They certainly don’t hurt your indoor air quality! However, if you think your building’s air quality is fine and that stops you from changing out your HVAC air filters, then you need to read this:
The air filters that come standard with an HVAC system are in place to protect the interior components of that HVAC system from dust, dirt, and other debris that can get inside and damage components, making them less efficient. Less efficiency means higher costs to operate, which we’re pretty sure you want to avoid.
Visually Inspect What You Can
Most commercial HVAC systems are installed on the rooftop of a building. We don’t expect you to go on the roof! If, however, the outdoor component of your commercial HVAC system is in an accessible spot, then every couple of months or so during AC use, you should check it out to make sure that nothing is on or immediately around the outside units.
This can include leaves, tree branches, lawn mulch, etc. These things can impact airflow and cause the system to overheat, and therefore break down.
If your systems aren’t easily accessible, it’s a good idea to have them visually inspected each quarter or at least every 6 months by a qualified professional.
Schedule a Professional Tune-up
There is no substitute for professional maintenance tune-ups when it comes to your commercial HVAC system. Professional maintenance allows our technicians to comprehensively inspect, clean, and adjust any components that need it.
Maintenance can reduce your repair costs by as much as 85%, retain system efficiency by as much as 95%, and prolong the lifespan of those HVAC systems too. A well-maintained commercial air conditioner can be expected to last about 10-15 years. Without maintenance, that timeframe can be cut in half.