If you manage a commercial building, it is probably true that your facility’s HVAC system is one of the most extensive—and quite possibly most expensive—pieces of equipment you’re responsible for.
Your AC system is unique among all your equipment, because of its size (it runs throughout your entire facility) and because it one system that is almost always on - especially in Hawaii, where it runs year-round. It may also be one of the most expensive systems to run – even more so with age and lack of care, which is why commercial HVAC maintenance is crucial to keep facilities up and running.
Here are four reasons why staying on top of HVAC maintenance should be one of your top priorities.
- It can reduce or eliminate costly repairs down the line.
According to findings by the National Association of Home Builders, ideally your HVAC system’s radiator will last up to 40 years, the water heater up to 20, and the air conditioner from 10 to 15.
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
- 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.”
What is 20% of your energy bill? How many other areas you are responsible for could benefit from that money?
- 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.
- 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:
- Scheduled inspection, cleaning and service.
- Calibration of control system components.
- Replacement parts that at least meet design specifications.
- Proper procedure documentation.
This will ensure your system is operating properly and that employees and visitors are comfortable and safe in your facility.
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. Call or email Elite Mechanical for more information. We will help you simplify and schedule this process.
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