Top 5 HVAC Maintenance Tips
HVAC systems are important parts of any building. Whether it's a commercial space, factory, healthcare facility, school, data center, or even a family residence, HVAC systems keep us safe and comfortable indoors. They work hard every day to eliminate air pollutants, reduce the spread of illnesses and regulate our temperature in the hottest and coldest months.
However, HVAC systems degrade over time without the right maintenance and care – leading to a severe reduction in efficiency or even total system failure. Conducting regular HVAC maintenance checkups is a Building or Facility Manager's best defense against costly repairs and even higher electric bills caused by inefficient HVAC systems.
Read on to discover Brookaire's top 5 HVAC maintenance tips to keep your systems working at peak performance.
Scheduled HVAC Preventative Maintenance
HVAC systems are intricate machines that affect every room in a building. Trained industry professionals must carry out most HVAC maintenance for this very reason. It's best practice to conduct two scheduled HVAC maintenance check-ups in the spring and fall to ensure everything is running smoothly.
Technicians will conduct a thorough evaluation that mainly includes:
- Reviewing Thermostat calibration and settings
- Inspecting gas pressure, the burner combustion and the heat exchanger
- Inspecting electrical connections
- Checking system controls
- Checking fuel line connections
- Checking refrigerant charge
- Inspecting evaporator and condenser coils
- Inspecting the lubrication of all moving parts
By conducting regular and thorough HVAC maintenance check-ups, Building and Facility Managers can identify any deficiencies in their HVAC systems before problems occur. Taking preventative maintenance measures like this will keep HVAC systems working at maximum efficiency and reduce most repair costs.
Regularly Change HVAC Air Filters
Air filters are one of the most crucial components of any HVAC system. They capture dust, debris, allergens, germs and other harmful air pollutants to make indoor spaces safer for everyone. Though air filter requirements differ between places like residential care homes, restaurants, factories, or pharmaceutical labs, the need for regular HVAC air filter replacement is the same. Corroded, clogged or improperly fit air filters can greatly reduce the performance of HVAC systems overall – making them less efficient and safe.
Air filters should be checked and replaced regularly for optimal HVAC performance. This small investment is a quick and simple way to reduce future repair costs and even electric expenses – as clogged up air filters require more electricity to do the same job. Brookaire is proud to offer the Northeast's largest inventory of HVAC air filter supply and manufactures customer air filters to fit any specifications. View our product range or contact us today to order custom HVAC air filters.
This simple and costless preventative maintenance measure reduces strain on HVAC systems to make them more efficient and prolong their life cycle. Reducing clutter around vents, and indoor/outdoor HVAC units will increase air circulation as well as limit the number of external pollutants that will eventually make their way into the vents. Opening windows is also a great way to increase airflow, especially in high-occupancy buildings like schools, restaurants or office spaces.
Visual HVAC Inspection
Whether it's you or your staff, checking on HVAC systems is an excellent preventative maintenance measure that can be done regularly and easily. It's best to conduct a visual inspection at least once every 60 days for an up-to-date record of HVAC health and performance. Make note of any damage, blockages, leaks, rust, unusual registers or returns and anything else out of the ordinary. Regular visual inspections will flag any overt repair needs before they become severe issues, and identifying these problems early will reduce repair costs in the long run.
Ask An Expert
If you have any concerns about your HVAC system, are ever in doubt or simply want guidance, it's always best to ask an HVAC expert. They'll give you tailored advice and personalized maintenance recommendations to keep your HVAC system operating at peak efficiency. Though there are general precautions you can take to regularly maintain your system, there is no substitute for professional support from your HVAC service company.
When it comes to HVAC supplies, air filters, v-belts and cleaners, trust Brookaire’s 60 years of experience for expert advice you can rely on. Browse the Northeast's largest inventory or speak with us today to learn more about our tailored personal and delivery services.