Why does everyone know that you need to keep up with vehicle maintenance,
but not everyone knows that it's just as important to keep regular maintenance of your HVAC system?
What is preventative maintenance?
It is the long-term care for your HVAC system which will prolong the life of your equipment and conserve your energy consumption.
Maintenance inspections consist of visual checks and detailed tests of mechanical and electrical components. These inspections allow you to identify and correct any minor issues before they become major failures - often with the change in season. Keeping your employees, customers and products comfortable at all times should be high priority.
Routine inspections include lubrication of bearing surfaces, adjustment of belt tensions, and cleaning or replacing of air filters.
So, who does it impact?
Approximately 50% of all illness is caused or aggravated by poor indoor air quality. On average, Canadians take 9.3 sick days annually. Based on salary cost for the days lost, it is estimated that these absences cost the economy about $16.6billion per year.
Sick Office Syndrome (when people feel ill inside an office building and immediately feel better when they go outdoors) is real and may be hurting your bottom line.
Clean indoor office air is a win-win for you, your employees and your customers.
A well-maintained system will use less energy and fuel, which can decrease your monthly utility costs by 5 to 40 percent depending on the system or equipment involved. In addition, HVAC equipment that’s kept in good shape won’t overwork or need to run more often to make up for deficiencies in performance. It will be less likely to malfunction or break down and will have an increased functional lifespan. Maintenance isn’t expensive compared to what you might need to spend if your system degrades (and ultimately fails). A commercial HVAC failure could lead to spoiled goods, frozen water pipes, floods or facility damage.
Mechanical air conditioning accounts for the largest percentage of energy use in commercial buildings.
A well-maintained HVAC system will operate at its highest possible level of efficiency, making the best use of the fuel and electricity it consumes, thus reducing your carbon footprint.