Though businesses need HVAC systems to cool their buildings in the sweltering summer, offices must pivot to heating their buildings with summer’s end. However, with inclement weather and debris that the new season brings, there are some unique factors that the fall brings. Here are some tips for gearing your commercial HVAC system up for the fall.
Maintain Thermostat Schedule
When it comes to preparing your commercial HVAC system for the fall, you’ll need to make sure your HVAC schedule is in order.
Consider where your office is located and adjust your temperatures accordingly. With smart thermostats, you can schedule them with the tap of a button on your phone.
Ideally, you should schedule your HVAC system to be running mainly from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. when most workers will be at the office. Setting your thermostat schedule will also ensure it kicks off at appropriate times — ensuring optimal comfort for all office employees. Failing to do this can lead to tons of wasted money and energy used during non-business hours. It’ll also age your commercial HVAC system’s parts prematurely. Program accordingly to maintain your system’s health.
Replace Air Filters
It goes without saying, but replacing your air filter is a huge deal for any season. Air filters serve as the gatekeepers for your commercial HVAC system — shielding it from irritants such as dirt, dust, pollen, and other airborne contaminants. It is the safeguard and ultimate provider of healthy indoor air quality.
ASHRAE notes that you should replace your air filter in accordance with manufacturer instructions. Doing so will prevent your workforce from getting allergic reactions or, even worse, sick.
Check for Faulty Parts
When maintaining your commercial HVAC system, you should always be mindful of faulty parts. As your system is made up of many components, being aware of their shortcomings will help diagnose any potential problems you may be experiencing.
For example, if you’re receiving spotty air in one room of your building, it’s perhaps a sign of a clogged air filter, mismanaged ductwork, or poor insulation. Understanding the root causes of a faulty HVAC system can help with both diagnosing problems and also maintaining the health of your coworkers.
For those faulty commercial HVAC system parts that you can’t fix on your own, it’s best to bring in a trained professional to look at it. In any situation, scheduling maintenance is an essential move, as professionals can diagnose and remediate any in-office problems you may experience ahead of the fall season.
Having the appropriate maintenance done to your commercial HVAC system will ensure its readiness for the rigors of fall. With the falling leaves and the less-than-stellar weather compared to summer, fall poses several challenges to your system. Get ahead of the curve by scheduling maintenance.
Gearing Your Commercial HVAC System Up for the Fall with Donnelly
We here at Donnelly have been serving New York City businesses for over 30 years. A trusted leader in the HVAC industry, Donnelly’s team of experienced professionals will provide your office building with the safest and most efficient technology, so that you and your employees can work with the absolute best indoor air quality.