We are well into winter in Utah now and if you are a commercial business owner, it is likely that your focus has shifted to plowing snow in your parking lot and making sure to keep your commercial floors dry so customers don’t slip. If your energy bills have skyrocketed in an attempt to heat your commercial building or you are having trouble maintaining a comfortable temperature, you may benefit from professional commercial HVAC service, like those offered at Service Mechanical Controls. Here, we have compiled a list of tips for optimizing your commercial HVAC system’s performance this winter.
#1 Optimize Your Thermostat
Make sure that you calibrate your thermostat so that it is reading accurately, which will allow your commercial heating system to function properly. This small step may help reduce energy bills, simply by reading the correct temperature and relaying it to your heating system. If you do not have a programmable thermostat, now is the time to invest in one. The beauty of a programmable thermostat is maintaining a constant temperature and being able to preset various temperatures throughout the day. On average, you can save one percent on your energy bill for every degree that is dropped. Since you don’t want customers or employees to be uncomfortable all day, you can preset the thermostat to be a few degrees warmer during working hours and then drop the temperature to 60 degrees (or even lower) overnight.
#2 Maintain Air Filters
It is recommended to change fiberglass air filters monthly during the heating season. Other filters may be used for longer, but should be checked regularly. Dirty commercial HVAC filters restrict airflow within the heating system and makes the motor work harder to pull air into the system — this translates into higher energy bills for you. Making the motor work harder than it needs to can also lead to it overheating , wearing out, or not working efficiently. If you notice that the heater is running continuously but the air isn’t warm, check the air filter and replace if necessary.
#3 Repair or Replace Faulty Components
Faulty components in your commercial HVAC system means that the system is not running optimally. If your commercial HVAC system is struggling to keep up on mild days, when the outside temperature drops and your heating system goes into overdrive, it is likely to fail completely. If your commercial heating system is not functioning as it should — making strange noises, emitting odors, or varying in temperature — call a commercial HVAC technician to take a look at it. Interventions may consist of a simple cleaning or replacing a single part, but be sure to catch it before your entire system needs replacing!
#4 Winterize Cooling Systems
Although right now, the focus is on heat and staying warm, we know that soon enough the hot Utah sun will be warming us up again. Those cooling systems that were left abandoned all winter will not function at peak capacity if they are not properly maintained when not in use. Of course, you should have routine maintenance scheduled for the Spring, but in the meantime, winterize your cooling systems to keep them safe. Winterizing your cooling system may include draining your cooling tower, shutting down the chiller, and emptying a condensate drain trap. Taking these measures will help prevent damage from freezing and avoid rust in a thaw.
#5 Regular Maintenance
The best prevention method to your commercial HVAC system breaking down is routine maintenance. Some of the maintenance is simple and can be taken care of yourself, such as replacing the air filter. Every year before you need to use your heater, ideally at the end of summer, your unit should undergo a complete inspection. Done by a commercial HVAC specialist, the inspection should include a thorough cleaning and inspection of each part. An HVAC technician will check for leaks, cracks, and blockages, tighten wires and test the motor. Signing a maintenance agreement is the easiest way to handle regular maintenance. Commercial HVAC companies, like Service Mechanical Controls, who offer maintenance agreements will schedule and perform all routine maintenance and repairs year-round, so it is one less thing on your to-do plate.
At Service Mechanical Controls, we offer commercial HVAC maintenance agreements, which includes routine inspection and maintenance of your commercial heating and cooling systems. We will call you to schedule regular maintenance and inspections and then let you know if any repairs need to be done — we handle all of those too. Our commercial HVAC maintenance agreement allows you to worry about the more important things, like running your business, and keeping the floors dry! If you are interested in commercial HVAC maintenance or repair, give us a call at Service Mechanical Controls, Salt Lake City’s premier HVAC service company. We look forward to working with you soon.