Valentine's Day is all about showing love to those who are always there for you, who never let you down and who can always make you feel better after a long, hard day. Sound like anyone you know? What about your facilities' HVAC system?
Here are four reasons why you should show some love to your HVAC system.
1. It can reduce or eliminate costly repairs down the line
By performing routine maintenance, it's more likely your equipment will live out its lifespan. It can also help reduce or even eliminate costly repairs in the future. Replacements and repairs on extensive pieces of equipment like HVAC systems can be prohibitively expensive. What's more, since most systems outlive the tenure of a facility manager, many times repairs are inconsistent or simple, quick fixes designed to solve the problem for the short term. While this may save some money initially, it can end up costing your facility more in the long run.
2. It can reduce energy use, saving you money
Regular commercial HVAC maintenance will ensure your system is functioning properly and efficiently, thus saving you money on energy costs. According to Facilities Net, "HVAC systems in typical commercial buildings are responsible for more than 40 percent of total energy use." Therefore, keeping them "running properly and at peak efficiency is the first step in managing facility energy use." The article goes on to cite that "facilities in which proper HVAC maintenance is completed will use at least 15 to 20 percent less energy than those where systems are allowed to deteriorate."
3. Regular tune ups will keep even new equipment operating efficiently
Even new HVAC systems will decline in performance without regular maintenance. Therefore, it's important that you continue to tune up your system with an annual maintenance contract and ensure that your contractor provides "pre-season" tune ups before each cooling and heating season.
4. It can improve indoor air quality
Last but not least, maintaining your HVAC system will also help improve indoor air quality. Facilities Net recommends that you develop a maintenance plan that includes:
1. Scheduled inspection, cleaning and service
2. Calibration of control system components
3. Replacement parts that at least meet design specifications
4. Proper procedure documentation
This will ensure your system is operating properly and that employees and visitors are safe in the facility.
Ultimately, performing regular commercial HVAC maintenance will maximize equipment reliability while minimizing lifecycle costs. By taking a preventative approach, you can save money, energy, downtime, improve the indoor environment, and help ensure your HVAC system operates efficiently over its entire lifespan.
Comfort Systems USA Southwest is here to be your trusted advisor if you are considering repair or replace of your equipment. Contact us today to help you calculate your ROI, potential energy savings, and to put a plan together that best fits your needs and your budget.