If you ask a Dallas business owner to name the most important concerns for his or her company, the most common answers would likely include such things as sales targets, maintaining a safe and supportive workplace, and customer relations. Not surprisingly, HVAC systems are rarely top-of-mind. Yet, while your ventilation system may not warrant the same constant attention as your profit margin, failing to properly maintain your commercial HVAC infrastructure can be extremely costly and can leave you without heating or cooling when you need it most.
Taking Care of Your Building’s “Lungs”
Just as we tend to take our own internal organs for granted until something goes wrong, it can be easy to forget about the hidden system that supplies a building with air, heating and cooling. But as with any other piece of machinery, HVAC systems require regular maintenance to run at optimal efficiency and avoid breaking down. This is especially true as equipment ages, but even newer systems need to be monitored carefully and serviced regularly, especially when buildings are located in more polluted environments.
To ensure the proper functioning of your HVAC system and to safeguard the health of your employees, we strongly recommend the following measures:
- Replace air filters at least once a month.
- If there is construction going on near your building, you may need to replace your filters more often.
- Keep a close eye on air grilles. If there is any sign of dust or you detect a musty odor, it’s likely that your HVAC unit is in need of maintenance.
- Pay attention to employees’ complaints and take them seriously.
Like Your Body, Your HVAC System Needs Proper Hydration
For many businesses, the single largest energy user is the chiller component of their HVAC systems. And, as with air filtration, comprehensive maintenance is critical to ensure reliability and efficient operation.
Large chillers can contain several miles of tubing in their heat exchangers, and keeping these clean is essential for high-efficiency performance. In addition to regular mechanical or chemical cleaning, proper water treatment is vital to help prevent the accumulation of mud, algae, sludge, scale and other contaminants. Water quality should be tested every three months to ensure that the chemical composition is correct for optimal evaporator and condenser-system operation.
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late
As any reputable Dallas mechanical contractor will tell you, regular maintenance of commercial HVAC systems not only saves you money on utility bills by promoting energy efficiency, but greatly increases the life of your system. In addition, serious problems can be identified early, allowing you to replace units before they break, a boon to both your financial planning and your employees’ happiness.
Every HVAC system requires a different maintenance regimen, depending on the age of the equipment, your building’s location, and other factors. NTD Mechanical will come to your location, assess your situation, and provide you with a customized HVAC maintenance plan. By carefully evaluating your particular circumstances, we’ll make sure that you don’t pay for unnecessary maintenance, but that you also won’t end up with a broken cooling unit on the hottest day of the summer.
And, should you have an emergency requiring an immediate response, NTD Mechanical’s HVAC maintenance and service crew are available 24/7. We’ll be there for you when you need us, and day and any time.