One of a facility manager’s most important assets is the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems that control temperatures and maintain air quality for comfort, safety, and healthy working environments. If you aren’t proactively maintaining your HVAC system, you’re likely wasting both money and energy that can be put to better use.
If you are not proactively maintaining your HVAC systems, you’re likely wasting both money and energy that can be put to better use.
Regular maintenance ensures that your HVAC system is running efficiently.
It is a key responsibility of facility managers to ensure that heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are working well. So how do you ensure that you control temperatures and maintain good air quality for comfort, safety, and healthy working environments? Regular maintenance.
Typically, a maintenance technician will:
clean the filters
clean the ducts
clean the coils
lubricate moving pieces
calibrate thermostat settings
examine pipes and drains
check electrical connections
complete other tasks as outlined by the manufacturer.
With CMMS software and remote monitoring of air filters, facility managers can effortlessly keep track of everything that needs to be done—scheduling maintenance jobs, recording maintenance history, arranging tasks, and more.
How Does HVAC Maintenance Save Energy?
According to FacilitiesNet, HVAC maintenance results in 15‒20 percent savings in energy. Below are some ways regular maintenance helps save energy.
Regular maintenance allows the HVAC system to run more smoothly, so the moving parts need less energy to keep it going.
Maintenance for outside air dampers, which let in outside air for cooling, ensures the dampers are not allowing more air in than needed, thereby using more energy to condition that extra air.
Replacing an old system with an energy-efficient system, such as one with an energy star rating, will use less energy over time.
Facility managers shouldn’t wait for HVACs to fail; they should be taking precautionary measures to avoid issues.
What’s The Risk If You Don’t Schedule Frequent Maintenance Checkups?
If you choose to overlook HVAC system maintenance, you’ll end up buying a new one sooner rather than later. An HVAC system typically has a lifecycle of 15‒20 years, but if it’s not cared for properly, it could fail sooner. Scheduling regular maintenance checkups will prolong the life of your HVAC system and save you money.
If there is a business inside the building—such as a retail outlet or restaurant—sales also are at risk. When an HVAC system starts to fail, the building’s temperature will probably be too cold or too hot. If customers aren’t comfortable inside the building, they may choose not to return.
Depending on location, HVAC maintenance also should include winterizing. For example, failure to insulate HVAC pipes properly can result in frozen pipes and leaks, another costly repair.
Originally posted on mpulsesoftware.com
This is an amended version of a post first written by the BP Group