Why is Regular HVAC Maintenance for Commercial Properties so Important?
Regular HVAC maintenance in your commercial building is a responsibility you owe to your tenants and employees, but you owe it to yourself, as well. In fact, properly maintained systems can provide up to 25 years of dependable performance.
Commercial-grade HVAC equipment such as air conditioners, furnaces, heat pumps, and boilers are very expensive to replace. On the other hand, regular preventative maintenance is relatively inexpensive. From reducing utility costs to improving your air quality, professional HVAC maintenance is financially advantageous and time-saving.
What is a Commercial HVAC Maintenance Plan?
Commercial HVAC maintenance plans guarantee that your cooling and heating systems are in proper working order. This type of plan is an agreement between you and your HVAC servicer for routine HVAC system check-ups, maintenance, and tuning. Common goals of commercial HVAC maintenance include:
- Decrease overall energy consumption
- Reduce maintenance and repair costs
- Eliminate the risk of unexpected equipment breakdowns
- Diminish system downtime
Your contract will typically specify how many times the contractor will come out to inspect your systems and what they will do at each visit.
Benefits of Regular HVAC Maintenance
Any inefficiencies in a commercial property’s HVAC system tend to be dramatically more concerning and expensive than they would be for residential HVAC systems. The worst part is that residential HVAC repairs and replacements are already expensive.
It’s important to understand the severity HVAC failures or inefficiencies have on your company’s budget. With that being said, let’s take a look at the benefits of regularly maintaining your HVAC system.
Reduce Energy Costs
HVAC systems in commercial properties require a substantial amount of energy to operate. The condition of your HVAC system determines how much energy it needs to operate. HVAC systems in worse conditions often require more energy. This can heavily impact your company’s budget and bottom line.
In contrast, regular HVAC maintenance reduces the load and stress on the system so that it can operate more efficiently. Think about it as an investment: Although it’ll cost more in the short term to maintain your HVAC system, you’ll reduce costs in the long run.
Extend the Life Span of the System
All commercial HVAC systems have an expiration date and will eventually need to be replaced. Depending on the size of your property, replacing an entire unit can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Regular HVAC maintenance extends the overall duration of your system.
Improve Air Quality
Every facility manager and building operator has the responsibility to protect their guests, employees, and tenants, ensuring a healthy environment. Poorly maintained HVAC systems will produce low-quality air that can potentially cause allergies and illnesses, especially when dust builds up.
Furthermore, dysfunctional HVAC systems can create an environment that promotes mold growth. For these reasons, it’s important to regularly check your air filters and air ducts to protect your commercial property.
Regular HVAC maintenance can be used to detect and resolve issues before they turn into serious dilemmas. If your HVAC system isn’t consistently maintained, it can fail due to damage or wear and tear. This could make your day-to-day business operations may suffer. If your building has no heat on a cold winter day, you might have to send your workers home. Same with the summer heat and air-conditioning.
Regular maintenance can reduce the risk of breakdown by up to 95%. For this reason alone, commercial property owners should do everything in their power to minimize the risk of equipment failure.
Protect Your Commercial Property with The Severn Group
The Severn Group offers commercial HVAC services throughout Maryland and in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Our expert team of professionals can inspect, maintain, and protect the HVAC system on your commercial property. To find out more about how we can help, contact us today.