Effective HVAC systems are especially important in the Midwest where the summers are muggy and the winters come with “polar vortex” temperatures and wind chills. The top priority of a commercial HVAC system is to keep building occupants comfortable year-round.
Here are some best practices for ensuring your facility’s HVAC is ready to keep up with any kind of weather.
- Routine Inspections & Maintenance
In every season it’s important to have your system inspected on a regular, scheduled basis. During an inspection, a commercial HVAC technician will check the following:
- Humidity levels
- Airflow balance
- System responsiveness to thermostats and other building controls
- Leaks in plumbing or ductwork
- Ductwork and filter inspection
- Refrigerant levels
- Building Controls
You’ll want to program and calibrate your facility’s thermostats at the start of the heating and cooling season. An HVAC service contractor can help make sure your thermostat is set correctly for maximum occupant comfort and energy efficiency.
- Seasonal To-dos
Fall. Before the winter season begins, have a commercial HVAC service technician check your burners and heat exchanger to make sure your system is ready for the cold weather ahead. You don’t want to wait until the negative degree weather begins to find out your building doesn’t have heat. This is also a good time to replace air filters and clean any debris on your equipment.
Spring. In early spring, you’ll want to have your air conditioning equipment checked. You don’t want to wait until heat and humidity have set in to realize you’re AC isn’t working. A common issue is condensate drains. If broken or worn out, water damage can occur. Partnering with an HVAC service contractor will ensure all components are working and ready for the summer ahead.