Prepare Your Commercial AC Unit for Summer

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HVAC Summer Checklist for New York Facilities

Summer is just over the horizon, but that doesn’t mean you should wait until June to get your New York City facility’s HVAC systems checked. If you do, you’ll likely struggle to secure an appointment with summer being busy season for HVAC contractors.

AC unit malfunctions during the summer can drive away customers, reduce employee productivity, and overheat expensive machinery. The best way to avoid costly and uncomfortable air conditioning breakdowns is to conduct maintenance before extreme temperatures hit.

At The BP Group, our knowledgeable commercial HVAC contractors can help keep your facility in NYC comfortable year-round.

Getting Your Commercial Air Conditioner Summer-Ready

No matter your industry, having a clean and efficient commercial air conditioner can have a huge impact on facility costs. In fact, HVAC systems take up about 40% of energy usage in commercial buildings. Think of the cost savings if you could reduce your system’s energy consumption by just 5%.

Businesses with high foot traffic should also make AC maintenance a priority. Imagine walking into a retail store or a doctor’s office and being greeted by a wall of hot, stuffy air. Would you stay there? Or would you find an alternative with functioning air conditioning?

Even if you manage an office facility or any organization with low customer foot traffic, high temperatures are still a concern. A recent study showed that employee productivity decreases by about 4% per degree when temperatures rise above 80°F. Hot temperatures make it increasingly difficult for people to focus, resulting in slower and lower quality work.

The comfort of your business directly impacts sales, customer loyalty, and loss prevention. IT facilities and manufacturing companies work with expensive machinery that needs to be kept cool. If your technology overheats or absorbs moisture from the humid air, it could be impossible to fix.

Follow our checklist below to avoid lost inventory, unhappy customers, and unfocused employees:

#1: Clean AC Ductwork

Your commercial AC unit’s ductwork should be regularly cleaned to maintain high indoor air quality. If your HVAC ductwork is dirty, occupants can face a variety of issues:

  • Bad allergies
  • Respiratory problems
  • Dry or itchy skin
  • Difficulty breathing with asthma
  • Dust in the air and on surfaces
  • Increased fatigue

Your HVAC ductwork is where mold, dust, allergens, and other debris gather and wreak havoc on your indoor air quality. If you’re noticing staff calling out sick, poor ventilation could be the problem. The solution? We recommend getting your commercial building’s ductwork cleaned as soon as possible to reduce the spread of illness.

Calling your trusted HVAC technician will give your building occupants safer, cleaner air to breathe. Contact The BP Group to schedule an appointment!

#2: Clean or Replace Air Filters

Your commercial AC unit’s air filters collect dirt and contaminants over time. Once there’s too much junk in your filter, airflow is negatively impacted.

As your air filter accumulates dust, your air conditioner has to exert more and more energy to create clean indoor air. This significantly reduces your system’s efficiency over time and leads to increased facility management costs.

commercial hvac merv filter chart

A clogged air filter can also cause your unit to overheat. An overheated air conditioner can become permanently damaged. This would be far more expensive to handle than simply cleaning or replacing the filter. So, make sure your air filters are clean to avoid equipment downtime and costly maintenance.

#3: Request Condenser and Evaporator Coil Cleanings

Condenser and evaporator coils are the heart of your AC unit. Evaporator coils serve to absorb the heat from outside to cool the air indoors. On the flipside, condenser coils release that heat outside of your building.

Your condenser coils are on the outside of your building, which means they can rapidly collect dirt, debris, and other harmful contaminants. If your coils are dirty, the compressor will have to work much harder to keep your facility at a comfortable temperature.

As we’ve mentioned, the harder your system has to work, the less efficient it is. This leads to expensive energy bills and the potential for overheated equipment.

#4: Check the Thermostat

If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, it will be more difficult to control indoor temperatures. Also, it will be more difficult to identify malfunctions. Have you ever set your thermostat at a comfortable temperature, but noticed that the actual indoor temperature was several degrees higher? This clearly shows that maintenance is needed.

Another sign that there’s a malfunction is if the temperature in your facility changes from room to room. A working HVAC system would have no problem evenly distributing cool air.

A qualified HVAC contractor in NYC would be able to identify any issues with your systems. With some repairs, you can enjoy a consistent, comfortable temperature throughout your business.

#5: Schedule AC Maintenance from a Trusted HVAC Contractor

Talk to one of our experienced commercial HVAC contractors to explore your options for AC maintenance. With an ongoing preventative maintenance plan, you can avoid costly equipment breakdowns.

And if an issue does come up with your HVAC systems, our advanced analytics will help us identify and solve issues quickly. Make sure your AC equipment is summer-ready by scheduling a maintenance appointment sooner rather than later!

Stay Cool This Summer with an AC Maintenance Plan

Don’t get stuck in a hot building with no air conditioning. Get a head start by reaching out to The BP Group and requesting an AC maintenance plan today. With routine maintenance, you won’t have to worry about any of the issues outlined above. You can rest easy knowing that your commercial HVAC systems are working smoothly this summer – and beyond.