Fall 2017 Commercial HVAC Maintenance Checklist: Getting Ready for Winter in NYC

As the seasons change, it’s important you ensure your commercial HVAC systems are ready to make the switch from cooling to heating. A problem at this critical changeover period will cause serious discomfort and unhappiness among tenants – not to mention the cost of emergency repair.

This fall, all building owners and facility managers should be getting their HVAC systems ready for a long winter ahead. Below are a few yearly maintenance items you should be checking off your list.

5 Commercial HVAC Maintenance Items to Complete this Fall

Here are a few things you or your HVAC contractor should be doing this fall:

  1. Clean or Replace Air Filters: dirty filters restrict air flow and reduce the efficiency of the entire HVAC system. Cleaning or replacing them will reduce heating costs throughout the winter.
  2. Equipment Inspection: inspect your HVAC system this fall to ensure there are no parts about to fail. At a minimum, the inspection should include all heating elements, dampers, flues, safeties, burners and water pressure gauges.
  3. Calibrate Thermostats: make sure thermostats are calibrated and functioning properly before the cold winter weather arrives. This is a simple way to avoid a lot of unhappy tenants and employees.
  4. Clean and Clear Air Vents: Even when heating elements are working properly, if air vents are filthy, people will suffer from allergies and poor indoor air quality. If furniture or other items are blocking vents, it will hinder proper air flow. Take the time to clean air vents and ensure nothing is blocking the flow of heat.
  5. Winterize All Cooling Systems: HVAC equipment lasts longer and runs more efficiently when it’s maintained properly. Before winter comes, drain all cooling towers, shut down chillers and empty condensate drain traps.

The 5 commercial HVAC maintenance items listed above are essential to complete before the cold winter weather comes. Otherwise, your HVAC system may break down right when you need it most.

HVAC systems need maintenance as the seasons change to remain at peak efficiency. Work with your regular contractor or take advantage of special seasonal offerings from other commercial HVAC service providers to protect your equipment this winter.

Donnelly Mechanical is offering HVAC winterization specials until November 15th, including 3 free months of maintenance for new customers. If you haven’t yet, you need to get your commercial HVAC ready for winter.

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