- August 29, 2019
- Posted by: Gareth Whalley
- Category: Latest News & Blog
Did you know that failing to maintain your air conditioning unit can result in increased energy consumption?
A poorly maintained air conditioning unit must work harder to keep your commercial property at a comfortable temperature, increasing your business’ energy bill and carbon footprint.
This year the UK has hit record temperatures on more than one occasion, and many commercial properties have seen an increase in their air conditioning use.
Your HVAC system is likely to work at its hardest during the hot, summer months, so whilst maintaining your air conditioning unit is important all year round, it is even more so during the summer months.
Here are a few tips to help you to maintain and prepare your HVAC system for warmer weather, to keep it working efficiently throughout the summer months.
Clean or replace the filter
Over time, your air conditioning unit’s filter will accumulate dust, dirt and debris. If the filter becomes clogged it will reduce the system’s efficiency, meaning it has to work harder and use more energy to keep your property feeling comfortable. A dirty filter can also have a negative effect on the quality of the air that the system is pushing out around the property.
It is a good idea to start the summer with a new filter and then ensure that it is regularly cleaned and maintained. It is likely to need replacing more frequently during the summer months when the system is being heavily used.
Clear debris from around the condenser, coils and ductwork.
Your HVAC system’s condenser and coils are usually located on the exterior of your building, whilst the ductwork can be found inside.
Over time, dirt and debris that has gathered on the coils and ductwork can cause problems. This is particularly common on the condenser and coils located outside as it is easy for them to become covered in debris that has been blown by the wind.
An excess of debris can reduce the amount of air flowing into your HVAC unit, cause it to overheat, or get into the system and cause damage. Regularly clearing and cleaning your system’s condenser and coils is very important to keep it in good condition and running at maximum efficiency.
Check the thermostat
Your system’s thermostat is essential for maintaining a consistent and comfortable temperature, so it’s important to check that it is in full working order before the summer begins.
Schedule a maintenance appointment with a specialist
If you haven’t had your commercial HVAC system serviced by a professional recently, then it’s a good idea to get this scheduled in for the start of summer to ensure that your system is working safely and efficiently.
A specialist will make sure that your system still meets industry guidelines and ensure that it is in full working order to help reduce the risk of inconvenient downtime during the months when you need your air conditioning the most.