When the temperature starts to dip in your Maryland business or commercial property, you may get the chance to give your HVAC system a break from the summer demand. If you are a commercial property manager, you know the importance of HVAC maintenance, and winter is one of the best times to perform it. At Crockett Facilities, we want to help you keep your system in optimal shape and ready to deliver reliable comfort all year round. Here are some essential repairs and maintenance tips to ensure year-round dependability.
Change Your Air Filters
Dirty HVAC air filters restrict airflow, making the motor work harder to pull in the air the system needs. This increases the motor’s energy use and raises your heating bill. It also wears it out faster. Routinely replacing your air filter prevents these issues. Once a month, pull out your filter and hold it up to a light. Put in a clean filter if you can’t see the light shining through. Most standard filters should be replaced monthly during the heating season. Higher-efficiency pleated filters last longer, improving the air quality in your building.
Repair or Replace Faulty Components
A broken or faulty component is less energy efficient and increases heating costs. Even more so, the component is likely to fail when demand is highest, leaving you without heat during the coldest days of the year.
If you’ve noticed problems with poor temperature control, strange noises or odors, soot accumulation, or a loud boom when the gas furnace turns on, have a professional handle those issues as soon as possible. Sometimes, a simple cleaning can solve the problem. Efficiency-related improvements, like sealing and insulating your ducts, should also be done early if you want maximum benefits from them this season.
Check Your Thermostat
Calibrating your thermostat is a simple way to help your heating system keep you comfortable. Your thermostat can fall out of calibration and misread the room temperature. If it reads the temperature as 60 degrees when it’s really 64 degrees, the heating system will overheat your building, potentially increasing the heating bill. If the thermostat senses the room temperature as higher than it is, the system will provide too little heat.
You can check your thermostat’s calibration with a thermometer. Turn your heating system on, tape a thermometer to the wall beside the thermostat, and wait 15 minutes. If the thermostat’s reading doesn’t match the thermometer’s, re-calibrate the thermostat or contact an HVAC technician.
Schedule Preventative Maintenance
Every year before the start of winter, schedule a professional system inspection. Your HVAC technician will inspect the entire system to clean and make any repairs necessary. They can spot and fix any impending issues that may be occurring. In addition, your professional commercial HVAC technician can calibrate all the thermostats in your commercial property.
Proper maintenance is essential for keeping your system running safely and efficiently. Annual inspections are also required to keep your warranty valid. Consider signing up for a preventative maintenance plan for convenience, favorable pricing, and scheduling.
Crockett Facilities Services can help with all your mechanical needs. Crockett’s flexible facilities services extend the life of building assets with regularly scheduled preventive maintenance. Reach out today to learn more about our services.
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