Maintaining a Commercial HVAC System during the Tri-Cities Winter
Harsh winter weather can take a toll not only on humans, but on machines, too. With the onslaught of sleet, snow, ice and strong winds, there is the possibility of these severe weather conditions wreaking havoc with HVAC systems, just when you need them the most. Businesses rely heavily on their HVAC units to keep their offices cozy and warm, warding off the extremely cold temperatures that can strike in the Tri-Cities during the winter season.
The severe winter weather can also increase system load and exacerbate maintenance issues that could have gone unnoticed before – causing them to turn into serious issues.
That is why now is the time to have your HVAC unit inspected to ensure it is up to the task of performing at peak effectiveness during the upcoming winter. For example, companies like Apollo have certified expert technicians who can conduct a thorough examination and test the components of your energy system and verify that they are working properly.
In the meantime, there are measures business owners and facility managers can take to help ensure that their commercial HVAC system will operate well during winter.
Tips to Maintain Your Commercial HVAC System this Winter
Check Building Thermostat
In this day and age, commercial HVAC systems are usually equipped with highly accurate thermostats. Fortunately, WiFi thermostats or a building management system are able to be configured to alert building personnel if a low temperature situation happens inside the building, or if an HVAC system has unexpectedly shutdown. This allows a facility manager or building owner an opportunity to respond before things get worse.
When it comes to your thermostat, it is smart to examine your thermostat at the beginning of every new season to make sure it is operating as it should.
Change Your Filters
It is important to note that a commercial HVAC system is significantly different from temperature control mechanisms in a home. Clean and intact filters are essential to good airflow throughout a building. Similar to HVAC systems in residences, when commercial HVAC systems contain dirty filters they have to work harder to produce the same output of treated air.
What’s more, filters play a pivotal role in maintaining good indoor air quality. If the filters are not clean, this can contribute to illness and other health issues among building occupants.
Have a Backup Generator
A backup generator is imperative when it comes to helping to maintain critical systems like heat and electricity when storms strike or when there are unexpected utility power disruptions.
For some buildings, a generator can be enrolled in a utility demand response program that will help to counteract the cost of installation and usage. This scenario is a big win for both the building and the utility.
When you have a maintenance service done before the winter season arrives you can prevent system failures from occurring. This is the perfect opportunity for an HVAC professional to test components of your HVAC system and ensure they are in excellent condition. Remember, it is much less expensive to be proactive then to be reactive when it comes to HVAC system maintenance.
The ideal way to protect your HVAC system is to ensure you have a preventative plan in place. With the expertise of Apollo certified technicians, you can identify and prevent problems while they are easy to manage.
Look to Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning for Expert Installs & Maintenance of Your Commercial Furnace
Apollo is the Northwest leading provider for heating services for building and business owners. Our specialized design/build approach to working with contractors ensures that the specific indoor environmental needs of your workplace are taken into consideration — from design through completion of your building.
At Apollo, we bring expertise based on three decades of surpassing customer expectations. We are proficient at installs of Chillers and Boilers for commercial buildings with commercial service plans that are customized for your facility.
Learn more by contacting Apollo Heating and Air Conditioning! Call us at (509) 396-COLD (2653).