Winter is coming, is your HVAC ready? Heating commercial properties can be expensive, especially if your HVAC is not operating at 100%. And what happens if it goes out in the middle of the winter? Sure winter in Florida may not have nights with temperatures below freezing often, but it can still put added stress on your HVAC, leading to more expensive utility bills and an increased chance for your HVAC to break down when not properly maintained.
Fortunately, with a little preventative maintenance, you can reduce your chances of having to deal with these issues. Maintaining your commercial property’s HVAC system during the winter doesn’t have to be an ordeal, just follow these winter HVAC maintenance tips.
The first thing you should check when doing winter HVAC maintenance is your air filter. A dirty air filter can cause permanent damage to your machine, making it more likely to fail. Dirty filters will also reduce its operating efficiency, leading to higher utility bills. We recommend that you change your filter once a month, especially in a commercial building where your HVAC system is working hard, and other people are relying on you.
Before winter arrives, you should check your thermostat to make sure it’s reaching the temperature you set promptly. If you find that it takes far too long to heat up to the desired temperature or doesn’t reach it at all, your system most likely has a problem, and you should contact a professional. It’s better to deal with issues like these before the taxing cold winter months.
It’s important that air be able to circulate freely throughout your building. Anything blocking your vents or ducts can cause your HVAC to work harder to achieve the same results, putting more stress on the machinery and leading to increased energy bills. A quick walk through the building to make sure nothing is blocking off air vents can save money and keep things running smoothly.
HVAC systems have to work hard to maintain a comfortable temperature in a building, even in the comparatively mild Florida winters. Anytime your HVAC is working harder than usual there is a chance that something may go wrong and the first sign that something is breaking down is often an unusual noise.
If you hear your HVAC making an unusual sound, it’s best to call a professional to check it out, even if the system seems to be functioning correctly. After all, the earlier you catch an issue, the easier (and less expensive) it will be to fix it.
Ball Building Services works in the Tampa Bay area as well as Central Florida to provide quality, affordable HVAC maintenance services to our clients with commercial buildings. Please contact us today to learn more about winter HVAC maintenance for your commercial property.