In Tampa, Florida, where MaintenX is headquartered, we have reached the hottest time of year. From June until October our clients run their A/C units to the max, which means we often see more repair service requests this time of year. However, when we notice an unusual amount of work orders from one facility, we alert the client that it may be time for an HVAC upgrade. Upgrading your HVAC unit oftentimes saves you from the great expense of maintaining a system that can’t keep up with demand.
Every commercial facility has different needs from their HVAC system. Small office spaces may be able to get by with a simple energy-efficient unit requiring minimal maintenance. Large facilities require much more powerful units, that if not properly maintained will cause major maintenance issues. When any client is looking to upgrade their unit, this is what we recommend:
Research your current system.
The HVAC system is often overlooked until something goes wrong. However, facility managers should understand the basic components of their system and their functions. This elementary understanding will help you choose a new unit based on its features and the needs of your facility. Of course, having an understanding of the HVAC system is not a replacement for the service of a trained expert. For maintenance and installation, always call your local MaintenX team.
Look for an ENERGY STAR rating.
Energy efficiency is paramount if you want to make the most of your new HVAC system. If you operate a large facility, the ENERGY STAR rating on your equipment will make all the difference in keeping costs and CO2 emissions down. Modern HVAC units offer a variety of energy-efficient models that can be retrofitted to your facility just as easily as a regular unit.
Upgrade your thermostat too.
Once you’ve chosen your energy-efficient HVAC system, you should ask your MaintenX team about thermostat options. A smart thermostat can be programmed to keep costs down by altering temperatures based on a room’s capacity or the time of day. These can be especially helpful during the summer when energy costs skyrocket in the southern United States.
Update your maintenance plan.
With a new piece of equipment, you’ll want to update your preventative maintenance schedule. Your new unit will not need the same level of maintenance that your old unit did, and this should be reflected in the upcoming maintenance schedule. Contact your MaintenX team to review the manufacturer’s recommendations and decide on a regular maintenance routine for your system.
Contact MaintenX for new HVAC unit installation and continual maintenance services. We serve coast to coast and are dedicated to your facility’s success!