How HVAC Maintenance Helps Against Supply Chain Disruptions
Supply chain disruptions have been a massive issue in the past few years. And with new construction, retrofits, and maintenance, the HVAC industry has not gone untouched. Like many companies that deal with many different materials and parts, we’ve seen our fair share of backlog when it comes to ordering what we need. However, we have found that our clients who sign up with preventative HVAC services have weathered this better than others.
Why is that? Well, regular HVAC maintenance reduces the odds that you’ll come to work one winter’s day to find your heating not working. Or worse, in our opinion, having no A/C in our Maryland/D.C. summers. Talk about humid, sticky, and hot. This doesn’t just make occupants uncomfortable but can be harmful to your building and products.
Investing in ongoing HVAC maintenance is relatively low when you consider the benefits. In the long term, you save money by reducing your energy bill, preventing costly breakdowns, increasing your system’s life expectancy, and staying covered under warranty. And now we can add one more to that list – having a heads up on parts and materials you will need.
Preventative HVAC Maintenance – How Does it Help?
Regular HVAC maintenance can help mitigate the impact of supply chain disruptions in several ways:
Regular maintenance ensures and HVAC system functions optimally and efficiently. This reduces the likelihood of breakdowns or malfunctions. In addition, lowering breakdowns or malfunctions minimizes the need for emergency repairs or replacements that may be delayed due to supply chain disruptions.
Early Issue Detection
Routine maintenance allows for early detection of potential issues in the system. Identifying problems early can help avoid more extensive damage. It also gives more lead time to order materials or parts needed lessening the impact of any supply chain disruptions.
Efficient System Operations
It comes as no surprise that a well-maintained HVAC system operates more efficiently. This is because they use less energy and reduce wear and tear on components. In turn, this decreases the likelihood of component failures and the need for replacement parts, which can be delayed or unavailable during supply chain disruptions.
Consistent Temperature & Air Quality
A healthy HVAC system that is serviced often ensures constant temperature and air quality. This is crucial for maintaining a healthy and comfortable environment. In addition, consistent air quality and temperature help avoid disruptions in productivity or comfort arising from system malfunctions or inefficient operation.
Risks HVAC Systems Not Regularly Maintained
With all that, here is what you risk not having regular service on your building’s HVAC.
Increase in Air Pollutants
As reported by the EPA, indoor airborne pollutant levels are 2-5 times higher than outdoor levels. Air quality is crucial for respiratory issues such as asthma. Regular maintenance lets you keep your Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) at safe levels for your occupants and employees.
Avoid Vacation Emergencies
Nothing could be worse than having an immediate, all-hands-on-deck emergency when you or someone in a crucial petition is not in the office. Even more inconvenient is if you are on vacation. So those burst pipes, mechanical breakdowns, etc., are not welcome. Not only are they costly, but it’s also your time to relax!
Harmful Carbon Monoxide Levels
This colorless, odorless gas causes serious health issues or death. A cracked or failed heat exchanger is the most common cause of carbon monoxide leaks. An HVAC maintenance checkup includes a carbon monoxide test to detect potential hazards.
Decrease Fuel Consumption
A regularly maintained HVAC system consumes less fuel for individuals concerned with their overall green footprint. Also, HVAC technicians handling controlled refrigerants must have EPA Section 608 Certification, which will help you understand the options for refrigerants, what your system uses, and the environmental impact.
Avoid Supply Chain Disruptions With Regular Maintenance
Overall, regular HVAC maintenance helps ensure the system functions optimally, reducing the likelihood of disruptions due to supply chain issues. By preventing breakdowns and malfunctions, identifying problems early, and operating efficiently, a well-maintained HVAC system minimizes the impact of supply chain disruptions within a building.
The Severn Group is a leading commercial HVAC contractor that can help you or your business with various needs. Contact us today to request a free quote.