Major winter storms are still months away, but as the weather changes, it’s important to pay attention to your property’s HVAC units, furnaces, and related systems. Inspecting them now will pay off later, when it’s too cold to check it. Pre-season maintenance is also important as it can help to avoid a system failure in severe hot or cold weather when you need it most, and it can also keep your energy bill from getting out of control. Hiring an HVAC company to inspect and do maintenance on your system every fall and spring to keep your systems running efficiently will keep costs down in the long run, especially if it’s a larger commercial building. They’ll do things like inspect and clean the wiring and mechanisms of the unit, which is bit more challenging for the average businessowner.But you can prolong the life and increase the efficiency of your system if you follow this maintenance plan:
Check and replace your air filters often
The most important thing you can do at home is inspect your air filter. Dirty air filters make your HVAC system less efficient and cause undue strain on its working parts. Set a reminder each month to check your air filter and replace it if it is dirty or clogged. We recommend changing your filters every 30 to 90 days, although depending on the environment, they may need to replaced sooner.
Listen for unusual noises
One more passive things you can do is to keep an ear open for odd noises when your system is running. Often times, noises in your system are created by register blockages, debris in the vents, or loose bolts on the furnace or registers. If you hear any odd noises, try to locate the source. If you can’t find the source, check out this list of common HVAC system noises, what they mean and how to fix them. If this does not solve the problem, go to tip seven.
Keep your heating systems free of debris
If you have an outdoor unit, it is important to keep the system free of debris. Check your unit every week or so for leaves, pollen, dirt, sticks or other debris. Clear the debris from the top and sides of the system using gloves and, if necessary, a hose. This allows for maximum airflow to the fan and increases your unit’s efficiency and lifespan. In order to ensure the cleanest system possible, try to remove anything that blocks air flow to the system, leaving about two feet of space around the unit.
Use fans to give your system a breakAnother passive way to keep your system healthy is to use fans when possible to give your system a break. On hot summer days, use ceiling fans and portable fans to circulate air through the house and help your HVAC system bring the temperature in your home down quicker. On cooler days, instead of programming your thermostat, open your windows and turn on your fans to circulate the cool air into the house and keep temperatures comfortable. Giving your system a break when you can will lengthen the life of equipment and save you money on your energy bills.
Know when to call a professional
Though often times unseen, a lot rides on your business’s heating and air conditioning system. Chief among them is operating expenditures that impact your business’s bottom line. With a regularly scheduled preventative maintenance program we can proactively catch minor problems before they escalate into costly major issues. In fact, a preventative maintenance program can pay for itself, if not save your business money every year. We have found that on average for every $1 spent on a preventative maintenance program a business will save $3 on excessive energy consumption and repair costs yielding a potential savings of 33% in your HVAC system operating expenses. We will check your system for problems, adjust loose bolts and wires, and address any other issues you may have. Heating systems are composed of sensitive equipment which requires maintenance to improve performance and efficiency. This fall, make it a priority to schedule professional fall HVAC maintenance. Our trusted HVAC professionals will provide essential cleaning, care, and inspection to ensure your heating system can handle the important job of keeping your systems in perfect order for the cold months.
Have a question about fall HVAC maintenance? Check out our commercial HVAC maintenance programs here.