As the weather heats up and the humidity rises, your building’s occupants are likely grateful to work in a comfortable, climate-controlled environment that includes air conditioning. Likewise, occupants who rely on a refrigeration system to operate their business are happy that their products are kept in an optimum space that protects them from sweltering temperatures.
However, just because the cool air is flowing and the refrigeration systems are doing their job doesn’t mean that these systems are operating as efficiently as they could be. In fact, there are 3 issues you might not be aware of that could become significant problems over time. If left untreated, the results could include system breakdown, expensive repair, and unhappy tenants.
These situations can be avoided by asking your HVAC service provider to routinely check your system for:
- System Mold and Air Pollutants: Your indoor air quality can be affected by mold and air pollutants that collect in the dark, damp areas surrounding your air conditioner’s cooling coil. Mold first enters the air handler as tiny spores, where they find a moist environment that’s perfect for growing and spreading to all interior surfaces. They can also stick to the cooling coils, where high-velocity air passes on its way into your indoor air, bringing other bacteria and pathogens along for the ride. Annual deep cleaning of your entire refrigeration system, including your cooling coils, is required to remove any build-up and protect your indoor air quality. UV lights can also help keep contaminants down within your HVAC system.
- Clogged Air Filters: It’s important for the health of your HVAC system to use the right type and rating of filter. Using the incorrect filter could result in dust accumulating on and harming your system’s components, as well as an overload of the blowers. Filters should be changed quarterly as part of routine maintenance. Be sure to confirm with your service provider that the filter they use is of premium quality and the correct size and rating to keep your system running smoothly.
- Worn down electrical systems: When the outside temperature rises and your air conditioning is working overtime, your electrical system will be negatively affected from the additional load. Your HVAC specialist will be able to make sure that the system’s electrical connections are tight, helping it manage the increased demand.
What A Well-Maintained HVAC and Refrigeration System Means For You
HVAC systems clogged with dirt causes its components to work harder to push air into your indoor space. Not only will this add stress to your system and possibly reduce its life expectancy, but it will also consume more power to do its job. Well-maintained systems operate more efficiently without additional power drain or need for expensive, premature repairs.
In addition, air filled with dust, impurities, and pollutants from the outdoors coming into your indoor space can affect the health and well-being of your building’s occupants. Clean, fresh air helps your occupants and customers feel better, increases productivity, and promotes overall occupant satisfaction.
A clean HVAC and refrigeration system also adds to your bottom line when you have regularly scheduled preventative maintenance checks carried out by a qualified service provider. These checks pay easily for themselves over time in terms of fewer service and repair calls, extended life of system components, and reduced downtime.
That’s why we always say that HVAC preventative maintenance programs should be considered an investment, not a cost.
What to Look For In HVAC Preventative Maintenance Service Providers
Achieving maximum rated efficiency of an HVAC RTU during the hot summer months is easy with an HVAC service provider that takes the time to get to know your equipment, and employs licensed, experienced technicians who keep the health of your system first and foremost.
That’s why you should always seek out HVAC preventative maintenance programs from companies with a reputation for skilled, professional work.
Here at Springbank, our comprehensive maintenance programs are customized to your needs and system specifications. We deeply familiarize ourselves with every aspect of your HVAC system, monitor it closely, especially during peak periods, and ensure that critical components are clean and operating at peak efficiency.
Our team is always happy to discuss how our HVAC preventative maintenance programs can help make your commercial HVAC system more efficient, resulting in bigger energy savings. Call us anytime to have all of your questions about HVAC maintenance answered, or to arrange for a tour of our facilities.
Gregg Little, Paul De Thomasis, and Hugo Lopes are co-owners of Springbank Mechanical Systems. They can be reached at 905-569-8990, or via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or Hugo@springbank.com.