Winter is around the corner. The cold can deal significant damage to your HVAC system, and the last thing you want is for your heating system to malfunction in the middle of the winter season. Last-minute issues lead to downtime, expensive repairs, and unhappy customers and employees. You can keep your commercial building comfortable by hiring an HVAC professional to inspect your HVAC system at the start of winter.
Keep reading to learn how to prepare your HVAC system for the winter.
Why You Should Prepare Your Heating System for Winter
The winter season is full of energy spikes that could be bad news for your budget if you aren’t prepared. To keep your occupants safe and comfortable and avoid unexpected energy costs, you need an HVAC technician to perform preventive maintenance for your heating system. If you aren’t confident that your boiler and furnace can survive the cold, it’s better to err on the side of caution and get ahead of any possible issues.
Follow these guidelines to keep your heating system running at peak efficiency:
Our Winter HVAC Maintenance Checklist
Replace Dirty Air Filters
Bad weather and negligence can make your air filters dirty. When your air filters collect dirt and debris, the contaminants block the airflow and reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. Your equipment then has to work harder to provide warmth and ventilation.
Clogged filters also impact your outdoor coils. Dirty coils negatively affect humidity levels, heat conduction, and the efficiency of your compressor. Knowing when your filters need attention can be tricky unless you check often, but a building automation system can help. When you combine your commercial HVAC system with a building automation system, you’ll receive notifications when there’s a pressure change or an issue with airflow.
Check Temperature Settings
Changing the temperature settings for your commercial facility is a simple and effective way to prepare your HVAC system for winter. If you don’t set your thermostat correctly, your property doesn’t receive the heating it needs to keep its occupants comfortable. Rooms could be hotter or cooler than they should, or your HVAC could be working harder than usual, leading to energy waste and a higher bill at the end of the month.
Like with air filters, building automation systems can make managing thermostats easier. Smart buildings often have programmable thermostats that let you control the heating and cooling of your property more effectively. With programmable thermostats, you can cut energy waste and reduce monthly operating costs.
Airflow is a complicated matter for commercial property. The amount of air you need to heat a room isn’t the same as what you need to cool it, so you must make changes. Adjusting the airflow supply for every space in your building can be a headache, but it’s a necessary one. If you don’t want to deal with this yourself, hiring an experienced HVAC professional or installing building automation controls can save you time, money, and energy in the long run.
Why Commercial HVAC Coil Cleaning Is Essential
If you don’t keep your commercial HVAC coils clean, you’ll pay for it through higher energy bills. Heat transfer becomes difficult when dirt and debris gather on your system’s coils. Your HVAC has to work harder to produce the cooling and heating you need. In fact, a dirty coil can cause your HVAC to use 20 to 50% more energy. The compressor is the heart of your HVAC system, and ignoring it could lead to downtime and discomfort for your occupants.
Evaporator coils collect bacteria over time, which can spread throughout your space when the contaminants aren’t cleaned out. Dirty coils reduce air quality for your facility, which can lead to health issues for your employees and guests. While it may be easy to ignore, coil cleaning is a critical step in preparing your HVAC system for winter.
Frazier Service Can Help You Prepare Your Heating System for Winter
Keeping track of all the components you need to check for your commercial HVAC system can be challenging. As a building manager, you already have enough responsibilities. The HVAC professionals at Frazier Service Company can save you precious time and resources. We know everything there is to know about commercial HVAC systems. Our technicians are trained to detect and solve any issues with your unit, ensuring your equipment runs at peak efficiency throughout the winter season.
Whether you require new air filters, need help cleaning the dirt and debris from your commercial HVAC coils, or want to upgrade your building with remote automation monitoring, we’ll get you the services you need at an affordable price. Preparing your HVAC system for winter doesn’t need to be a challenge. Reach out today to learn how we can assist you.