Did you know that like your car, your HVAC system needs regular servicing to keep it running efficiently and to ensure you do not void the manufacturer’s warranty. If you haven’t got an HVAC system maintenance plan yet, read on to learn why it is extremely important to put this on your action list.
Why is HVAC Maintenance Important?
The importance of preventative maintenance on your HVAC system is to ensure that you keep your system up and running all year round to reduce breakdowns and the potential downtime of your workforce. Since this is normally an expensive system on your property, it’s important to ensure it’s looked after.
HVAC Maintenance Tips
Here are some tips to help maintain comfort levels high and reduce the HVAC repair costs:
Regular Visual and Audible Checks
It’s important to pay attention to any unusual noises or vibrations coming from your system as this may mean there is a problem. You also want to look for possible performance issues like underperforming heating or cooling, lack of airflow, thermostat problems, or water around your indoor equipment. The sooner you address an issue, the less damaging the effect it will have.
Air Filter Efficiency
Air filters need to be replaced or cleaned regularly so should be visually checked every month for dirt or damage. Depending on the air quality or volume of personnel, the more often your filters will need to be changed. This is an important task that needs to be in your monthly routine since operating your HVAC with a damaged or clogged filter can impair the performance of your equipment.
Ventilation Grilles & Louvres
Vacuuming the vents often helps to keep dust and dirt from building up, clogging filters, and obstructing airflow. It’s also important to check the airflow periodically to make sure that it’s not weak. If you notice reduced airflow, contact a facilities management company to check this out as soon as possible.
Clean the Outside Unit
It’s easy to forget about the outside unit of your HVAC system, but it is just as important as the indoor unit and needs regular maintenance also. Check to ensure that the unit is free of any leaves or debris and be sure to cut back obstructing plantation by at least 1 metre.
Schedule a Ductwork Inspection
If you have ductwork, it’s important to have the system inspected every few years so the engineer can check for blockages. Over time, the ductwork can accumulate debris that may restrict airflow and damage the system. Ducts can also trap water, grease, dust, and even pests. Having a regular ventilation duct cleaning regime with a specialist company will improve the overall indoor air quality throughout your workplace.
It’s important to have your air conditioning system serviced every spring and heaters every autumn. Most people are not aware, but regular maintenance can usually prevent a large majority of HVAC repairs. Regular maintenance will also keep your system operating at peak capacity for maximum comfort, plus it can cut energy costs and extend the lifespan of your equipment.
Consider a Maintenance Plan
A Preventive Planned Maintenance (PPM) ensures that you never miss out on the benefits of having your equipment serviced at the recommended time. Remember that the cost of a service plan will often outweigh the costs of HVAC repairs. Other than the age of your unit, the majority of HVAC repairs are caused directly by a lack of basic maintenance.
For peace of mind, arrange a PPM by contacting Ambivent Facilities Management today or see all our other facilities management services that can support your business. Contact us on 01604 645 788, or visit our contact page.