There is no better time to prepare for the warmer temperatures that are coming than during the spring. Making sure your commercial HVAC system is operating as it should be can save you a lot of time and money if you do it in advance. When the heat gets here, it is often days before you can schedule service, and downtime can be costly for your business and even dangerous when temperatures rise. Regular maintenance is key for your commercial HVAC year round, but no time is more critical than in the months leading up to summer. Our trade services professionals at Rubicon offer the following tips to make sure your system is in good working order.
First check the outside unit and its surroundings. Make sure all leaves, grass and debris are completely cleared before starting the unit. Proper air flow keeps your unit running better so check that all shrubs have not grown up within one foot of your unit.
The next step to ensuring your system is working properly is to start it up. Watch and listen to see how it is running and look for anything that is out of the ordinary. If you notice that there is a malfunction be sure to call a commercial HVAC specialist right away to check out the system.
If your business is getting too warm, be careful to not turn the thermostat too low. If you turn it too low it can cause the unit to work too hard and put too much strain on your system. Studies have shown that having climate control for workplaces (commercial HVAC) can improve productivity by increasing "output elasticity".
One of the easiest ways to keep your system running smoothly is to change the filters regularly. For the system to run the most efficiently, changing filters should take place every month. In addition, be sure to vacuum the supply vents that get dusty over time. Clearing the dust can make a big difference.
In order to extend the life of your unit, be sure to schedule regular maintenance and know when it is time to call in the experts. Regular service can also help reduce your costs in the long run. If you are in Utah or the Intermountain West, give us a call to discuss how Rubicon’s trade service experts and facility managers can help keep your commercial HVAC running efficiently.