All year long, your commercial HVAC system works hard to keep your employees and customers comfortable. During the winter, cold weather, snow, and ice can all put extra strain on your heating system. However, these winter care tips for your HVAC system can ensure that things are working as efficiently as possible.
Swap the Air Filters
Air filters are a critical part of any commercial HVAC system, as they stop dirt, hair, debris, and other large materials from recirculating through the ducts. However, when your air filters are clogged with debris, your HVAC system will need to work harder to pull in the fresh air. This leads to increased wear and tear, longer run times, and higher energy spending. One way around this problem is to swap your air filters on a regular basis. When you check your filter, hold up a light to it. If you cannot see light shining through on the other side, it’s a good sign that things are clogged.
Check the Thermostat
Particularly in a commercial building where many people can be adjusting the thermostat over the course of the year, it is not that difficult for things to get off track. As part of your winter commercial HVAC system maintenance, you should check the thermostat to ensure that it has been properly calibrated. You might not think that there is a big difference between a thermostat that thinks it is 62° when it is actually 65°, but this can lead to overheating dramatic increases in your energy spending, and more damage to your heating system.
Just like you take your car into the shop regularly for an oil change even if nothing is wrong, you should also have preventative maintenance done to your commercial HVAC system even if you have not noticed anything amiss. Your HVAC technician will be able to look over your HVAC unit and determine if anything is wrong, including things that are virtually invisible to the untrained eye. Additionally, during the visit, they will be able to answer any questions that you might have about the health of your unit, energy efficiency, or problems that you might have noticed.
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