Sadly, even skilled facilities teams sometimes make the mistake of waiting on maintenance for their system until it’s too late. Prevention is always more cost-effective than repair. Plus, the operational impact of a serious system problem can be disastrous.
Let’s look at some of the most important reasons to make preventative maintenance a priority:
Preventative Maintenance Saves Money
First and foremost, there’s cost. Your commercial HVAC system is one of the major contributors to your overall energy bill all year long. Over time, components will stop working the way they should, forcing the system to draw more power – even during light usage. Proper maintenance can save millions of dollars over time through energy efficiency alone.
Preventative Maintenance Improves Performance
When a HVAC system isn’t maintained properly, it has dozens of possible failure points. Whether it’s the air ducts, the thermostat, or anything in between, performance is bound to be affected. That means it takes longer for the building to cool down or heat up. When temperature equilibrium can’t be achieved, it can make your tenants skittish or sluggish. That ruins their productivity.
More Maintenance Means Fewer Replacements
A commercial HVAC system is highly complex. All kinds of parts – large and small – have to work together. Natural wear and tear means it’s impossible to keep these parts running forever. Still, you can add years to the lives of most components through proper maintenance. That may mean replacing an expensive part once a decade instead of once a year!
A Well-Tuned System Keeps Tenants Happy
We already talked about temperature and its huge impact on tenants. There’s another factor that’s easy to overlook: Indoor air quality. Indoor air can be even more polluted than outdoor air, according to the EPA. Your HVAC system is responsible for air circulation and quality. When it has issues, irritants can get into the air. That can cause allergic reactions, colds, and much more.
Maintenance Today Means Easier Compliance Tomorrow
New York City provides a challenging compliance environment even for well-run commercial structures. The city is at the forefront of a revolutionary effort to curb environmental impact and save money through energy efficiency. It can be tough to hit ambitious greening targets. Maintenance is a small step that can make all the big steps easier.
At Donnelly Mechanical, we believe in the HVAC system’s ability to make a positive difference and add value. A well-maintained system can make a building more comfortable, more efficient, and easier to manage in the long run.
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