Friday, December 13, 2013

Commercial HVAC Maintenance

Commercial HVAC is, in itself, its own league. Unlike residential HVAC, commercial heating and cooling units operate for longer periods in addition to enhancing indoor air quality for a much bigger area.

As the rule of thumb goes, the more frequent HVAC is used, the more frequent the maintenance it needs to keep it in tiptop shape. Studies show that cooling consumption alone in a business establishment can reach up to 3,000 kWh a week while the average home only uses around 940 kWh a month.

Commercial HVAC systems may undergo routine maintenance once every four months to a year. Given the size of a commercial HVAC system including the ducts and cooling towers, no amount of do-it-yourself work will come close to a thorough inspection, repair, and maintenance.

Property owners can keep their heating and cooling units in excellent running condition by contracting professional maintenance services. HVAC specialists can conduct a thorough inspection to determine what measures need to be taken to optimize heating and cooling for your business. They can ensure that your systems are calibrated according to manufacturer specifications and that there are no problems with your units that may turn into costly expenses in the long run.

Putting your commercial HVAC system in the hands of professionals is a must to maximize energy-efficiency and prolong service life. Ask your local contractor about commercial HVAC maintenance.

Saving on Energy Costs

To maintain the comfort of customers and employees alike; the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems of commercial establishments are typically used day in and day out. Some business owners may be anxious about running the HVAC system all day long because of rising utility bills, but what really affects energy consumption is the condition of the equipment.

There are measures that allows the system to provide comfort without the excessive use of energy. The system can be set at least 1 point down, as long as the temperature is still comfortable for people to continue with their daily tasks. A 1°C difference can give an 8% reduction on the annual heating bill. Ventilation fans should not be running unless they are needed as this accounts for 30% of heat loss and wastes energy.

Proper maintenance is also another way to conserve energy. The simple act of cleaning heating and cooling systems can help save on energy consumption and can even ensure that utilities are in good working condition for a long time. Investing on routine maintenance of commercial HVAC systems can also help owners avoid further damages and costlier repairs. Like all machinery, a well-maintained HVAC system performs better and consumes less energy—definitely a good investment for commercial establishments.