Commercial HVAC systems have an average life span of 12 to 15 years. Yet with proper maintenance, you can extend a system up to 20 years or more. 

For proper HVAC maintenance, you’ll need to develop a process. You should periodically clean, test and update your equipment throughout the year.

Understanding some HVAC basics will help your system last longer and help you save money in the long run. Read more to understand the best ways to maintain your commercial HVAC systems.

Program Thermostats

Every several months, you should check your HVAC system’s thermostat settings. By using temperature controls, you can save money and increase your system’s efficiency.

Every commercial HVAC system will provide a method for controlling the temperature. If possible, alter your temperature settings for times where there are fewer people around. For most businesses, this will be at night, but it depends on whenever your business is closed. During low-demand times, lower the temperature throughout winter and raise it throughout summer.

By programming your thermostat, your system will only work hard at peak times. You can end up saving energy by saving the optimal temperature for your customers and staff.

Replace Air Filters

At least once a month, inspect and replace your system’s air filters as needed. Changing the filters is especially important throughout spring and summer. During these seasons, allergens can be a big problem.

If you forget to change your air filters, it could create long-term problems. A clogged air filter can lead to a higher energy bill. When clogged filters restrict airflow, commercial air conditioning systems have to work harder. The clogged filter will cause your system to use more energy, which lowers its lifespan.

Update With High-Efficiency Equipment

During your annual inspections, consider updating your HVAC system with more high-efficiency equipment. This may include new additions or full replacements.

For example, you may want to invest in variable-speed fan controls. Variable-speed controls will allow your HVAC to better meet your programmed temperatures.

If you’d like to replace your equipment, be sure to pay attention to the SEER rating for HVAC systems. The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER) can tell you how the system will operate throughout the year. Look for high ratings of 14 or more.

Also, look for systems that the Energy Star program has certified. These systems have a SEER rating of at least 14.5 and adhere to guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Schedule Periodic Commercial HVAC Maintenance

The best way to maintain your system is to schedule routine, professional maintenance. Trained professionals can perform comprehensive monthly maintenance. This can include cleaning, inspection, and testing.

It’s also best to schedule preventative maintenance in the spring and fall. In the spring, technicians will improve your system for the summer. For fall, they’ll prepare your heating system for winter.

Consult With a Professional Technician

To get started with HVAC maintenance, consult with a technician. A trained professional can ensure your commercial HVAC system works throughout the year. Professionals will be able to perform comprehensive maintenance on all types of systems.

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