HVAC MAINTENANCE IS A GOOD INVESTMENT
Imagine working in an office that lacks proper ventilation and air circulation – one that is sweltering and stuffy in the summer, and frosty and downright cold in the winter. No one, including you and your staff, would want to work there, let alone lease the space inside.
Building systems are the lifeblood of any facility. Without lighting, water, or heating and cooling, a building would be uninhabitable. That’s why a strong preventive and predictive HVAC maintenance program isn’t an option; it’s a must.
Think of preventive HVAC maintenance in the same way as the preventive maintenance for your car: If you don’t change your engine oil and replace belts and filters, the engine will lock up and the vehicle won’t operate. The same holds true, in a sense, for HVAC systems. Maintenance isn’t expensive compared to what you might need to spend if your system degrades (and ultimately fails). Proper maintenance costs a lot less over the life of the equipment than to change out equipment on a more frequent basis. The word ‘preventive’ speaks for itself. The two main issues are at the heart of any HVAC maintenance program:
- The recommended performance and maintenance tasks for each piece of equipment.
- The overall operation of the system in relation to the building in which it’s installed.
Some aspects of a HVAC maintenance plan are simple – change the oil, change the belts, change the filters (just like your car). But, to keep a system operating at maximum efficiency, you’ll need to expend more elbow grease beyond the basics from time to time. Air-handler coils need to be cleaned periodically to keep heat transfer at maximum amounts. Boilers need to be cleaned annually; even 1/16-inch of soot and ash on heat-exchange surfaces in an oil-firing boiler can reduce efficiency by 10 percent.
Repair vs. Replace
In any system’s life-cycle, there comes a point where you need to decide whether it’s fiscally and practically feasible to continue. Ideally, the ratio of spending for HVAC systems should be 70-percent preventive maintenance and 30-percent corrective maintenance. If the corrective maintenance level is up to 70 percent, you know your program is out of control. The buildings where the numbers are in reverse are the buildings that people don’t want to be in.
While every piece of equipment will need to be replaced eventually, following a stringent, comprehensive maintenance schedule will prolong your building’s HVAC system and maintain not only a healthy bottom line, but happy, satisfied, and comfortable tenants.
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