2022 has seen one of the hottest summers on record, with the Rocky Mountain region and southwest seeing the worst of the heat waves. However, across the U.S. businesses are feeling the heat, and their A/Cs are struggling to keep up. If you haven’t experienced HVAC issues already this summer, you’re likely to by August. And, for certain facilities, it can become bad enough to force emergency closures.
High temperatures aren’t just uncomfortable; they can cause onsite accidents and injuries related to dehydration, exhaustion, and even heat stroke. While outdoor jobs like agriculture and construction are at higher risk for heat-related accidents and injuries, workers inside can also be at risk if the A/C isn’t running properly.
OSHA recommends indoor temperatures stay between 68-76°F, because the risk of onsite injury raises by 3.5% for temperatures in the 80s, and increases by 7% when temperatures reach the 90s.
With this in mind, it’s essential for businesses to maintain their HVAC systems. Below are a few ways you can beat the heat and avoid emergency HVAC breakdowns this summer:
- Ensure proper airflow – If your air filters are clogged or there are furnishings blocking your air flow, your HVAC system will have a hard time keeping up. Removal of these barriers is an easy fix if your HVAC system is struggling to keep up.
- Consider zoned units – If your business has several large spaces to heat and cool, you may consider zoning them to control the temperature in each area. This way, spaces like the commercial kitchen can be kept at a cooler temperature to combat the indoor heat, while areas like your lobby can be maintained by a smaller unit.
- Check-in with your HVAC tech – A consultation and tune-up is never a bad idea in the middle of summer. This can help you catch issues sooner so your system doesn’t completely give out in the middle of the work day.
MaintenX can help you maintain your facility’s HVAC system with preventative care and reliable emergency service. To learn more about your summer HVAC options, contact one of our local offices today!