Business owners in Lake Park, Florida, should remain just as vigilant as homeowners in maintaining their HVAC systems. Commercial HVAC systems can be particularly difficult to clean and maintain without scheduling a regular professional service. Make sure to squeeze in your appointment now to have your system prepped for the coming winter.
Replace the Filters
If you don’t already, start checking and replacing your HVAC filters as needed. In general, this means going no more than three months between replacements, although some businesses will need to replace them more often. Dirty air filters restrict an HVAC system’s airflow and hamper its efficiency, resulting in increased utility bills and unhappy staff and customers.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to changing the air filters is to do so at the start of a new season. You can then inspect them every few weeks after that for signs of clogs, which indicates they should be changed more often.
Calibrate the Thermostats
Now that summer’s over, your commercial HVAC system doesn’t need to pump as much conditioned air. Of course, this is Florida, so you won’t be turning off the AC completely. But you can still adjust the thermostat to better accommodate cooler outdoor temperatures.
This is also the time to calibrate the thermostat. Thermostats lose calibration over time due to dirt or accidental bumping. When calibration is out of whack, a thermostat may be set on 70 degrees but only cools to 73. Unless you calibrate your thermostats in the fall, your business can feel chilly even when the heat’s on during a cold winter day.
You can calibrate your thermostat by taping a thermometer on the wall close to the thermostat and comparing the temperatures after about 15 minutes. If there is more than a one-degree difference, it’s time to recalibrate.
You’ll need to clean the device and use either a screw or level depending on the type of thermostat you’re dealing with. When in doubt, consult your HVAC service technician or have them perform the calibration for you.
Clean the Ducts
Ductwork gets filthy over time, especially when you don’t schedule a regular cleaning. Commercial ducts are also more prone to clogs if they’re located in industrial areas or urban centers. When you need to provide your staff and customers with optimal air quality, have the ductwork cleaned between the heating and cooling seasons.
Trained service technicians look for signs of damage or leaks when inspecting and cleaning ductwork. They can also spot worn insulation, which can help you ward off future problems. A professional duct cleaning service utilizes specialized vacuums, blowers, and brushes to clear out the intake, supply, and return ducts throughout the commercial space. This frees all registers, fans, motors, coils, housings, and even the air handler of debris.
Commercial duct cleaning also offers another noted benefit — it can help keep your employees healthy. Illnesses often spread through ductwork and recirculate throughout a building, making it easy to catch viruses. Maintaining clean ducts reduces the chances that workers will become ill and need time off work. It also reduces any allergy-related illnesses, helping everyone breathe easier.
Schedule a Commercial HVAC Checkup
While there’s a lot you can do as a business owner to keep your commercial HVAC in top shape, you’ll need to call in a professional to perform a regular inspection and maintenance check. Most experts recommend having commercial HVAC systems maintained twice a year: once in the spring and again in the fall.
Fall is the perfect time of year to make that appointment, because you can optimize your heating and cooling system before colder weather sets in. You’ll also have your system prepped for another year, helping you avoid unexpected breakdowns that can interfere with your bottom line.
Don’t put off your commercial HVAC maintenance any longer. Call Mechanical Air Conditioning at 561-899-4587 to schedule your next appointment.
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