As a facilities manager or building owner, you know that the key to a comfortable workplace in the summer is ensuring that the HVAC system is cooling properly. The following tips can help you with this task.
Schedule a Performance Test
A performance test can benefit any HVAC system, but it is a must for older systems to ensure that they are still working as they should. An HVAC technician will test the main unit first to verify that it is still capable of cooling the entire building, even when the temperatures begin to soar in summer. The next part of the test is for the duct system. The tech will pressure the duct system and then check the pressure to see if it is leaking anywhere. Finding and repairing the leaks will not just keep your building cooler, but they will also make the system more efficient. A more efficient system saves money on both energy bills and on maintenance.
Perform a System Tune-up
Your HVAC system should undergo a tune-up every spring before the summer cooling system begins. These tune-ups begin with an inspection and cleaning of the roof-top unit. Winter covers are first removed, and then debris and dirt are cleaned off the unit. Next, the tech will open up the unit to check all belts, motors, and fans. Finally, the tech will lubricate any moving parts so they move smoothly. The tune-up will help catch any potential problems so you can avoid warm season malfunctions.
Create a Maintenance Schedule
A summer maintenance schedule will you keep ahead of any new problems in the HVAC system that could arise. Your HVAC technician can consult with your onsite facilities team to develop a schedule for your HVAC system. Generally, this schedule should include weekly tests of the building automation system that controls the HVAC system and verification that airflow is consistent in all cooling zones. The schedule should also include air filter changes, thermostat checks, and monthly inspections.
Update the Thermostats
Finally, consider updating the thermostats and control panels throughout your building if they are older and outdated. Modern commercial thermostats can be programmed so you can have complete control over the temperatures throughout the building at any time of day. You can even install systems with remote controls. An updated climate control panel can also detect carbon monoxide levels and air leaks, such as from open windows or doors.
Contact a commercial HVAC contractor for more help.