From showrooms to retail stores, office buildings to data centers, commercial air conditioning systems keep employees and customers comfortable even during the peak of summer. However, if you can’t keep your HVAC system in good condition, you could be paying far more than you should for energy or even that it won’t cool your property as it should. The following tips will help ensure that you’re able to keep your commercial air conditioning system in good shape throughout the year.
1. Filter Changes Are a Must
The first tip is a proverbial “no-brainer”. Make sure that you’re changing your system’s air filters regularly. Filters are in place to capture dirt, dust, pollen, and other particulates and prevent them from circulating through the property’s ducts. However, airflow decreases as the density of particulates in the filter increases. In other words, the more dirt the filter captures, the less air flows through. That forces your system to work harder, increasing your energy bills. It also reduces the amount of air forced through the ducts, increasing heat levels within the building.
2. Keep an Eye on the Condensers
Chances are good that your business uses more than one condenser to keep the interior space cool and comfortable. You need to keep an eye on those components. The condensers are located outdoors – they’re the most visible components of the HVAC system. At the top of each condenser is a fan that pulls air in to blow over metal fins, which dissipates the heat accumulated from within the building. Over time, condensers suffer from a build-up of dirt and debris that reduces their performance. Keep an eye on your condensers and clean them when buildup becomes noticeable.
3. Prevent Blockages Around Condensers
One of the most common reasons for commercial HVAC problems is limited airflow for the condenser unit. While that can be due to buildup on the condenser fins, it can also be because of obstructions around the condenser itself. Those obstructions can be in the form of machinery or equipment stored around the condenser, vegetation growing up around the condenser, and many other reasons. Keep the area around the condenser(s) clean and free of obstructions.
4. Have Your System Serviced Regularly
If you want to ensure your commercial air conditioning system stays in peak condition, have it serviced professionally. A licensed HVAC technician will inspect, clean, and repair issues twice per year, reducing your energy bill and improving the system’s efficiency dramatically.
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