Cold winter days, snow, sleet and frost are not things we necessarily already want to be thinking about, but as we head into the inevitable winter, it’s time to consider checking and maintaining a range of systems to help make those few months more bearable.
In the commercial context, one of the most important things to consider is your building’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) systems. Winters can present some unique challenges for systems, testing everything from thermostats and filters to pipes and fluids as they work to keep a consistent and comfortable temperature in your office, warehouse or other business premises.
Some of the major issues include:
One of the challenges with winter is thermostats having to adjust to colder mornings, afternoons and evenings whilst still experiencing some warmth during the middle of the day. As a result, your system may struggle to adjust if the thermostat is incorrectly programmed, not suitable for your system or faulty as a result of poor maintenance.
Sudden Shut Down or Failure
Systems that are under strain, whether at the thermostat componentry or because of poor maintenance of filters, gaskets, condenser coils, pipes, fluids or other mechanical parts are likely to run inefficiently, and to start experiencing systemic failures. At first these might only cause temporary inconvenience but left unchecked they could lead to a total system failure which could mean you’d have to shut your office or business down with the obvious loss of productivity and earnings.
Extra and Unnecessary Costs
Systems that are poorly maintained run less efficiently, often leading to a noticeable increase in power consumption, and therefore cost to your energy bill that could be avoided. Added to this, once a system has reached a point of poor performance because of bad maintenance, the costs of repairing the system escalate significantly.
Poor Air Quality
The last thing you need in your office or business premises is people getting ill because of poor air quality. Most businesses will be operating on a reduced schedule or staff due to Covid-19, so it’s of utmost importance to ensure that those who are at work are able to breathe clean, filtered air wherever possible. Poor maintenance has a measurable impact on air quality, with something as simple as a regular filter changeout enough to significantly improve the situation.