Posted by Salvatore Ritorto on Jan 08, 2015
Most companies address HVAC system issues only after they’ve occurred, instead of avoiding them through proper care. Lack of awareness and insufficient resources both contribute to this oversight. Companies tend to spend money to fix problems once they’ve happened, but they don’t invest enough in routine maintenance to keep their HVAC system running efficiently.
If your company has a reactive approach to your HVAC system, you’re setting yourself up to spend more in energy costs and system repairs in the long run. Worst-case scenario is a complete HVAC system failure, which places a far greater drain on your resources than preventative maintenance. If you only think about your HVAC system once something goes wrong, you’re costing your business more than you need to in repairs.
Maintenance Pays Off
The level of attention your system receives is directly reflected on your utility bills. On average, HVAC systems account for around 30% of commercial facilities’ total energy use, and poorly maintained equipment consumes even more energy than necessary. Facilities that implement comprehensive maintenance programs see huge reductions in their energy costs – as much as 15-20%. Keeping your system running at peak efficiency is crucial to avoiding wasted electricity and to keeping your yearly utility bills in check.
Other Benefits Of Proper Maintenance
Equipment maintenance does more than yield energy savings for your business. It also saves your company money in the following ways:
- Improved service life of your equipment
When HVAC systems are inadequately maintained, they become inefficient and have to work harder to heat and cool your building. That added strain means your equipment deteriorates and burns out faster than it should. Implementing a maintenance plan means increasing your system’s longevity and reducing costly equipment malfunctions.
- Increased reliability
No one wants the hassle of an HVAC system failure. They cost huge amounts of time and money to fix. Keeping your system tuned up and working its best means you lower your risk of total system breakdown.
- Decreased system interruptions
If you follow through on a routine maintenance plan, you won’t be performing unexpected repairs as often, which means you won’t have to interrupt your building’s operations as frequently to fix something.
When you are putting together your maintenance plan, here are some important steps to follow:
- Change your filters.
Your equipment works harder when your filters are clogged. The best strategy is to change them every month during times of peak heating or cooling.
- Inspect your equipment.
Check the airflow of your HVAC system. Also make sure your filters, compressor fans and coils are all fully functional and working properly.
- Check your system’s controls.
Make sure your equipment is starting, operating and shutting off correctly.
It’s time to stop thinking of HVAC system maintenance as an overhead cost and start seeing it as a forward-thinking investment. When you take proactive measures to keep your equipment functioning at peak performance, you ensure your energy consumption and repair costs stay low. Without the unnecessary costs of equipment failures, you are able to spend your resources in other ways to benefit your company.
Learn more ways to reduce energy consumption and start cutting costs today.