Large commercial buildings could lose millions of dollars in productivity if something goes wrong with the HVAC system. Plus, long-term impacts could be felt in the form of unexpected legal liabilities or commercial tenant turnover.
No one can prepare for everything, of course, but a little forethought and preparation can protect your system from the conditions that can cause serious problems. All you need to do is spend some time determining where your system might be vulnerable and putting responses in place.
A Facilities Manager’s Field Guide to Preventing HVAC System Emergencies
Whether you’re concerned about your system’s current performance or everything seems to be up to snuff, there’s never a wrong time to get started reviewing your HVAC system components and making arrangements to protect your assets.
Start with these quick steps:
Identify the Most Serious Possible Equipment Failures
Although every HVAC system has broadly similar failure points, each building has a different implementation. Review your HVAC components to determine what types of problems would cause building-wide failures. Make plans to relocate operations in response to localized failures and use temporary equipment in response to building-wide problems.
Schedule Preventive Maintenance
As time goes on, even the best HVAC system will lose efficiency and cost more money to operate. Under the surface, small mechanical problems could be turning into big ones that will be expensive to fix. Use preventive maintenance to find and diagnose issues fast: This will cut down cost of ownership and make a true emergency scenario much less likely.
Update or Automate Your Thermostat
Frequently changing your thermostat settings will place additional strain on the rest of your HVAC system. Not only can that damage your components, but it leads to costly swings in your energy consumption. Consider upgrading to an efficient automated thermostat that can respond to changing temperature needs in a rapid, yet precise way.
Keep Ductwork and Other Components Clean
Out of sight, out of mind – all too often, this applies to your ventilation system. One of the biggest culprits when it comes to HVAC performance degradation is simple dust working their way into your ducts. Unless filters are changed and ducts are cleaned regularly, your system could spread harmful indoor pollutants throughout your building.
Don’t Wait for an Emergency – Call the Pros Today
Let’s face it: Nobody likes dealing with an emergency. Call the pros at Donnelly Mechanical and you get peace of mind. We help you ensure your system is efficient, effective, and ready to handle your toughest workload. Our team is #1 when it comes to commercial HVAC system optimization here in New York City.