If you live in an area that experiences high temperatures during the summer, you know that a properly functioning HVAC system is a necessity. In addition to keeping temperatures cool, proper HVAC maintenance can reduce the risk of fire and even alleviate seasonal allergy symptoms.
Furthermore, proper HVAC maintenance provides the opportunity for cost savings by minimizing unnecessary energy consumption. With HVAC accounting for roughly 40% of commercial energy costs, commercial building owners should consider routine HVAC checkups an imperative step in their building maintenance routine.
Below, we’ll outline five ways to prepare your commercial HVAC unit for high summer temperatures.
5 Ways to Prepare Your Commercial HVAC System for Summer Temperatures
Clean & replace air filters
Replacing dirty air filters not only helps prevent unwanted dust and pollen from entering your commercial facility but also aids airflow and increases your system’s efficiency. A more efficient system consumes less energy— thus, keeping energy bills minimized.
Clean your ducts
Overtime, HVAC ductwork naturally collects dust and can grow filthy, especially in high-traffic buildings. If you’ve noticed increased dust in your commercial facility or even frequent allergy symptoms, it may be time to clean your ductwork. Clear duct paths allow for better airflow and, therefore, a more comfortable building.
Dirty condenser and evaporator coils can not only inhibit your unit from cooling effectively but can also lead to costly repairs. Having a professional, like a M3 Service technician, come out to clean your coils annually can help ensure your unit is operating efficiently.
Seal any leaks
Energy Star, a joint program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE), states that leaky ducts can reduce heating and cooling system efficiency by as much as 20 percent. Sealing and insulating ducts increases efficiency, lowers your energy bills, and can often pay for itself in energy savings.
Sealing system leaks should only be performed by a professional like an M3 Service technician.
Consider installing a programmable thermostat
One of the simplest ways to ensure your commercial facility’s HVAC unit operates at maximum efficiency is to install a programmable thermostat. A programmable thermostat enables property managers and commercial facility owners to set temperatures ahead of time, ensuring comfortable temperatures during peak building occupancy hours and reduced energy expenditure during vacant hours.
Are you interested in installing a programmable thermostat at your commercial facility? Fill out the form at the bottom of this page to schedule a consultation with an M3 Service representative— we’ll help you find the most cost-efficient and effective solution that fits your needs.
Check the Worry Off Your List and Sign Up for Preventative Maintenance Plan
Business owners have enough on their plates. Luckily M3 Service offers a holistic approach to building maintenance so that owners can focus on their own expertise.
Our programs are individually tailored to:
- Extend equipment life
- Maximize return on investment (ROI)
- Assist in budgeting for upcoming capital expenditures
- Increase net operating income (NOI)
- Enhance the value of individual investments & property portfolios
Let us track your filter changes and system upkeep. Schedule a consultation below.