3 Tips to Maintain Your Commercial HVAC Unit During Summer
There is no denying how essential HVAC systems are to residential and commercial users alike. As such, it is no surprise that a Grand View Research report estimates that the U.S HVAC systems market was worth a whopping $15.16 billion in 2020.
If you own a commercial HVAC unit, it is crucial to maintain it properly to prevent frequent breakdowns that can make your office less comfortable and affect your bottom line. Please consider the following points if you wish to learn more about maintaining your commercial HVAC unit during the summer.
Inspect and change the Air Filter
Your commercial HVAC system’s air filter is crucial to its functioning because it filters and cleans the air that gets into your office space by trapping dust, debris, and other harmful particles. Consequently, air filters are prone to becoming dirty and clogged as time goes on, making it more challenging for air to pass through.
Eventually, your air conditioner will need to put in more effort to ensure proper cooling, leading to overheating, higher energy bills, and even system failure. Experts recommend inspecting your air filter at least once a month to ensure that it isn’t clogged.
Also, you can replace it once every three to six months or as per the manufacturer’s instructions. The Department of Energy estimates that you can reduce your HVAC system’s energy consumption by 15% if you replace a clogged air filter, so this is worth doing to lower your company’s utility bills.
Conduct regular preventative maintenance
Signing up for preventative HVAC maintenance is worth considering if you lack the time and expertise to maintain your HVAC unit yourself. Additionally, it is best to hire HVAC professionals for a more comprehensive servicing of your unit.
These professionals will visit your business premises annually or biannually to check your HVAC’s duct system, test its safety controls, lubricate or replace belts, and inspect the heat exchanger.
Additionally, these professionals will check the refrigerant level and replace your air conditioner’s 3-way solenoid valve if need be. Finally, they will also inspect and lubricate the fan blades and motor, clean the blower housing, and check the control box to ensure that your system is in the best possible condition.
Check the thermostat
A faulty thermostat can cause various problems, ranging from inadequate cooling to short cycling. Therefore, it is best to check your commercial HVAC system’s thermostat to ensure it is correctly working before summer begins.
A great way to know whether your thermostat is working well is to see if its temperature settings correlate with the actual temperature in your office space. A thermometer will come in handy to measure your office space’s temperature, after which you can compare its reading with the thermostat’s reading.
Your thermostat’s reading may be inaccurate if the difference is more than one degree. So you can reach out to an HVAC professional concerning such a problem. However, if your thermostat displays the correct temperature, you can simply optimize the temperature settings for comfort and energy savings.
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