Summer is just around the corner, which means now is the time to start thinking about energy. As a facility manager, you’re probably aware of the tremendous cost that cooling can accumulate over the summer. In fact, businesses in the United States spend an estimated $400 billion annually on energy costs alone.
If there’s one place you should be looking to cut costs this summer, it’s with your HVAC system. If you’re a Tampa-area business or have a facility in any other warm-weather climate, you’ll be glad you took preventative steps to maintain your system and make it more energy-efficient. Next time your HVAC technician schedules a maintenance service, ask them to perform tasks off of this checklist:
- Inspect/clean the coil and cabinets
- Lubricate the motor
- Check refrigerant levels
- Clean blower components
- Inspect/replace belts if necessary
- Clean drain pans and condensate lines; remove solid debris if necessary
- Inspect compressor
- Inspect wiring and safety mechanisms for all units
- Inspect ignition system
- Change air filters if needed
- Program thermostat or install a smart thermostat
Each of these steps will not only ensure your HVAC system is running efficiently, but it may prevent a breakdown in the future. A large facility typically can’t operate in the summer without air conditioning. If you’re not careful, you may end up with a breakdown that sends your employees home, unless you perform these preventative maintenance steps on time.
In addition to these steps, you should talk to your HVAC technician to determine a regular preventative maintenance service. This will help you to extend the service life of your HVAC machine and improve energy efficiency incrementally. MaintenX offers year-round preventative maintenance services for businesses of all kinds. We work alongside your management team to ensure that your facility runs at peak performance no matter what.
If you’re interested in other ways to cut energy costs this summer, consider replacing your current HVAC with a newer energy-efficient model. Most HVAC systems last between 15-25 years, and you can start planning for an upgrade now. MaintenX also offers installation services for HVAC systems and guaranteed exceptional service on all future repairs.
To learn more about how you can save money with MaintenX, contact us today!