Commercial HVAC systems need regular maintenance to remain at peak efficiency and avoid any unscheduled downtime. While there are always maintenance costs, these are typically compensated by cost savings from efficiency and uptime. Still, you may be wondering how often does ‘regular’ mean?
The truth is that every commercial HVAC system is different. There are quite a few factors that can affect how often your commercial HVAC system needs maintenance to stay at peak performance.
Seasonal Factors for Commercial HVAC Systems
Your first consideration when thinking about the frequency of commercial HVAC maintenance should be seasonal changes. Going into the cold NYC winter, your heating systems have been shut off for some time – they need maintenance before you turn them back on to ensure they’ll make it through the entire winter. The last thing you want is an HVAC emergency in the middle of December.
The same goes the other way, when cooling systems kick in for summer after the long winter. These aren’t just comfort issues – they’re directly related to productivity and mission-critical computer systems for building occupants. Seasonal changes are a very important time to maintenance commercial HVAC systems.
System Considerations for Commercial HVAC Maintenance Frequency
Your commercial HVAC system will play a big role in determining how often you need maintenance services. First and foremost, the age and type of HVAC system in your building will be the main factor. Older systems need maintenance more frequently, some types of HVAC systems need extra attention. For example, split HVAC systems have more components, indoor and outdoor, and need maintenance more often.
You’ll also need to check your commercial building lease requirements. Typically, your lease will have a minimum number of times the system should have maintenance done. This can serve as an initial guide if you’re unsure of how often to service your commercial HVAC.
Another system consideration is your HVAC filters. Commercial HVAC systems have filters to keep pollen, dander and dirt from getting into the building. When they’re clogged, they don’t work as well and block air from entering the system, making your entire HVAC system work less efficiently.
Your commercial HVAC system will largely determine how often you should schedule preventative maintenance services. Seasonal changes will demand service no matter the shape your system is in, but there are a number of variables that affect the frequency of maintenance.
If you want to determine a more specific frequency for commercial HVAC maintenance, continue reading about Donnelly Mechanical’s custom, preventative commercial HVAC maintenance services.