When it comes to ensuring optimal HVAC system performance, one of the most important preventative maintenance initiatives is seasonal preparedness.
Believe it or not, the hot summer temperatures of 100+ degrees may be here already this week. For many, the warmer weather signifies higher utility costs and increased energy consumption in an effort to cool your facility.
But what you may not realize is that, with the right preparation and diligence, you can optimize HVAC operations to keep everyone happy while reducing your energy consumption, bringing down your utility bill, and promoting a sustainable environment.
The truth is, preparing your HVAC system is important for any season, but the summer months can put additional stress on systems that are not maintained properly. So with warmer temperatures right around the corner, here are 5 preparation tips to ensure peak performance.
1. Lack of Maintenance
The best thing you can do for your building's HVAC system is invest in a
preventative maintenance program. When you aren't having regular, routine maintenance performed, minor HVAC problems become major repair expenses - and system failure becomes much more likely. Regular checkups and service can prevent most HVAC performance problems because service technicians identify and correct issues that prevent your equipment from performing as designed.
2. Dirty or Clogged Filters
Dirty and worn filters can force your air conditioning unit to work harder, which increases energy costs and reduces the life of your system. Frequent monitoring and quarterly replacement of your filters will ensure optimal HVAC system performance. It will also improve the IAQ of your buildings by keeping dust, allergens, and other air pollutants at bay.
3. Leaking Refrigerant
Contained within the coils of an HVAC system, refrigerants cool and dehumidify indoor air. When your unit doesn't have enough refrigerant, it can't do its job and the air it produces is not very cold. This issue not only leaves the inside of your building too hot but it also causes the condenser to work overtime, leading to additional - and more expensive - system problems.
4. Thermostat Malfunctions
When problems arise, it's easy to assume the issue is with your actual HVAC system. You may be surprised to learn that it's just as likely to be a problem with your thermostat instead. Your thermostat regulates the timing and amount of hot or cold air your units should produce. So when your thermostat is malfunctioning, your buildings may suffer from intermittent temperature fluctuations, impacting the comfort.
5. Improper Air Balance
The heated or cooled air that comes out of your vents travels through a series of ducts before it reaches each room. Dampers help control this by reducing airflow in one line and allowing more conditioned air to flow to other areas. In instances where some rooms cool or heat faster than others, it may be because the dampers are not balanced.
By understanding where problems might originate in your HVAC system, you can take proactive measures to ensure it is in optimal working condition and avoid major problems before they occur. Being preemptive about your system's needs can maximize efficiency, control unnecessary energy consumption and expense, and keep your everyone comfortable and happy.
If you are experiencing trouble with your HVAC, Comfort Systems USA Southwest is here to help. Give us a call at (602) 437-4428.