There’s always a component of every building that’s hard at work in the background keeping everyone comfortable and safe: the commercial HVAC system. It controls and influences temperature regulation, air circulation, humidity, and indoor air quality throughout your building. And when it’s working as it should, you won’t even notice it. For facility managers, it is their job to notice it and keep up with the commercial HVAC system’s regular inspections and maintenance needs. A system that affects the entire building and would be costly to repair absolutely cannot be neglected in any way. Here are some thoughts on ways to best maintain commercial HVAC systems so that they better serve your facility and tenants for longer.
Use Predictive and Preventative Maintenance
In a smart building, you could be leveraging your building automation system to optimize the commercial HVAC system’s performance. By using the existing technology and constant data monitoring from sensors and meters, your building automation system can bring your attention to early signs of malfunction so that you can correct the issues before it reaches a critical state. This method uses predictive maintenance to avoid downtime and keep the HVAC system working efficiently. In addition, you could practice the preventative maintenance approach where you schedule regular maintenance work based on the equipment’s average lifecycle. By doubling up on your maintenance efforts, one by computer and the other by human supervision, it puts in place a more thorough means to monitor the HVAC’s upkeep.
Careful Inspection of All Parts of the System
A commercial HVAC system comprises several hundred parts that run throughout the facility. More than the furnace or vents, there are also electrical connections, fans, motors, filters, thermostats, evaporator coils, and much more. Some parts affect the core function and performance of your HVAC system, while others determine the ambient conditions for sections or rooms within the building. An expansive system such as this is near impossible to inspect carefully in one go, which is why many implement a block schedule to complete inspections by function or by section.
Planning for Monthly, Seasonal, or Annual Inspections
Budget your time and money for regular inspections and maintenance work on your commercial HVAC system to keep it healthy. On a monthly basis, it’s a good opportunity to change air filters as needed and remove excess debris that may have built up. Seasonal inspections are the ideal time to more closely check, clean, or repair parts having to do with either cooling or heating functions. The heating elements breaking down during the summer may not be as big a deal as if it were to happen during winter. And certainly, annual inspections could go more in-depth with maintenance needs, such as greasing bearings or tightening electrical connections.
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