Extend Your HVAC System’s Lifespan with Proper Care

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If you’re not a commercial HVAC technician, knowing how to properly maintain your equipment can be overwhelming. However, understanding some of the basics of HVAC maintenance can have many benefits for your facility.

You may be overpaying on your energy bill due to an inefficient system. Or you might be facing frequent equipment malfunctions because of a lack of preventative maintenance.

Paying close attention to your facility’s HVAC equipment will ensure a safe, healthy, comfortable environment for your occupants. Learn the top 5 mistakes building owners make when managing their heating and cooling systems.

Mistake 1: Not Keeping Up with Preventative Maintenance

How positive are you that your industrial HVAC equipment is performing at maximum efficiency? “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is not a philosophy that works with your facility’s mechanical systems. They need to be consistently monitored to optimize performance and maintain a comfortable temperature.

Without qualified HVAC technicians keeping an eye on your equipment, you could be days away from a costly breakdown. Signing a predictive maintenance contract will benefit your business in a number of ways:

  • Empowers you with advanced HVAC technology, allowing our technicians to troubleshoot in real-time and resolve issues quickly
  • Gives you access to our 24/7 hotline for emergencies
  • Maximizes equipment uptime and minimizes the chances of a malfunction
  • Keeps your systems operating with high energy efficiency

Mistake 2: Skipping Your Air Conditioner Condenser Coil Cleaning

Before spring hits, it’s important to schedule an air conditioner condenser coil cleaning. Throughout the year, dust and grime slowly build up in your AC coils. Dirty evaporator coils make it more difficult for your AC unit to create cold air. As a result, your system wastes energy as it works to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature.

Your commercial air conditioner has both evaporator and condenser coils. Evaporator coils absorb the heat indoors to cool your building. Condenser coils release the heat back outdoors. If one or both of these coils malfunction, you won’t be able to keep your facility cool in the summertime.

To avoid paying a hefty air conditioning bill over the summer, schedule an appointment to get your evaporator coils cleaned. We recommend scheduling a cleaning at least twice a year. If you don’t, your AC unit could break down and leave your building occupants sweating when summer hits.

Mistake 3: Wasting Energy by Overheating or Overcooling

Many businesses struggle to find that balance between comfort and energy efficiency. As a result, they end up setting the temperature too high in the winter and too low in the summer.

It’s recommended that businesses set their thermostats at around 75°F in the summer and 68°F in the winter. This way, you can save money without sacrificing comfort. You can set your thermostat even lower in the winter when there’s nobody in the building.

But be careful to keep the temperature at a minimum of 65°F to prevent frozen pipes. If your building’s pipes freeze, they could burst from the pressure and cause expensive damage.

Mistake 4: Using an Outdated System

Another common HVAC mistake is waiting too long to replace old equipment. If your commercial HVAC system is 15-20 years old, it’s time for an upgrade.

Investing in new equipment may seem overwhelming. But sticking with an old, run-down system will cost you more than you might think in the long run. An older unit’s inefficiency can lead to $100 or more excess monthly costs. If your commercial AC unit needs a condenser fan replacement, that could cost up to $500.

Equipment that’s over a decade old uses far more energy than today’s highly efficient systems. An outdated system also won’t be equipped with the same energy-saving features and technology that a new unit has.

At The BP Group, we specialize in HVAC energy optimization for buildings in New York City. We’ll help you find the best equipment for your specific building and requirements.

Mistake 5: Not Investing in HVAC Sanitization

HVAC sanitization and purification have been a hot topic in recent years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, keeping your equipment clean has always been essential for maintaining a healthy building.

UV light air purifiers can be installed to destroy up to 85% of pathogens and prevent the spread of illness. Commercial UV air purification systems are highly effective when it comes to disinfecting surfaces and the indoor air. It works by altering the airborne contaminants’ DNA so that they can’t reproduce and rapidly spread.

Applying Evap-Fresh Spray to your unit effectively kills bacteria and improves your facility’s indoor air quality (IAQ). It’s a heavy-duty detergent that can be sprayed directly on your air conditioning’s evaporator coils and liquifies mold, dirt, and harmful bacteria.

Remember that investing in HVAC sanitization is also investing in your building occupants’ health. Healthy indoor air helps control the spread of germs and reduce sick days amongst your employees. It’s also been shown to improve concentration and overall productivity.

Practice Better Building Management with a Trusted HVAC Contractor

Have you encountered any of the common HVAC issues outlined above? It’s not too late to make changes and enjoy the benefits. Reach out to The BP Group and our friendly, experienced commercial HVAC contractors will guide you in the right direction.