As a small-business owner or manager of a commercial or retail space, you’re the one who’s responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the property. You may handle certain tasks yourself, or you may hire outside contractors. But ultimately, you’re the one who needs to make sure everything is up to your standards.
Commercial HVAC System Winter Preparation Steps
With winter on the way, one task that you should definitely turn your attention to is preparing your property’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system (commonly referred to as HVAC) for colder weather. There’s actually a few simple tasks that you can perform yourself to ensure that your commercial HVAC system is ready for the winter. These tasks include:
Large amounts of dust, debris, and allergens collect in your commercial HVAC’s filters. So, it’s important to change out the filters at least four times a year and especially right before winter. Clean air filters will help your unit run more efficiently and keep energy bills lower throughout the entire season. Also, the cleaner your filters, the more effective they will be at pulling bacteria, germs, and other toxins out of the air, which is especially important during the time of year when it seems like everyone is catching a cold.
Checking The Thermostat
You want to make sure that your thermostat is working properly before it gets too cold. It’s easy to test. First, insert fresh batteries. Weak or dead batteries are a common cause of thermostat malfunction. Then, set your thermostat to “heat” and slowly turn up the temperature. If the heat kicks on, then you know that everything is working fine. If the heat doesn’t turn on, then you need to call in a commercial HVAC specialist to pinpoint and repair the problem.
Clearing The Vents
Check all of the heating vents in your building to make sure there’s no dust or large debris blocking airflow. Shine a flashlight in the vent to get a clear look. If the vent cover is easy to remove, then remove it and sweep out any debris. If your building’s exterior exhaust vents are accessible, then you may want to check those out as well. They can get clogged with leaves and litter. Sometimes you’ll even find a bird’s nest in there. If the debris in any interior or exterior vent is visible but hard to reach, then be sure to call a commercial HVAC contractor to help clear it out.
Scheduling A Routine Commercial HVAC Inspection
After taking care of those do-it-yourself tasks, you’ll need to call a commercial HVAC contractor to give your unit a thorough inspection. He’ll work around your schedule and it will just take a couple of hours so your business won’t be disrupted. During the inspection, the HVAC contractor will check all belts, safety mechanisms, pulleys, pumps, and shafts. He’ll lubricate all moving parts, clean out valves and holes, and adjust pressure control devices. Beyond that, your commercial HVAC technician is more likely to catch minor issues that are hard for the untrained eye to spot. He can give you a professional opinion about the best way to repair the problem before it turns into something larger and more expensive.
Should I Get A Commercial HVAC Service Contract?
With an HVAC service contract, you pay a monthly fee and your HVAC technician will come out at regular intervals throughout the year to complete routine servicing and checks. The biggest benefit is that you don’t have to remember to make the call. They’ll call you when it’s time to make the appointment.
There are four basic types of HVAC service contracts:
- Full-service: You get all maintenance, parts, repairs, consumables (e.g., oil, refrigerant, etc.), and even replacement equipment at one price.
- Labor-only: Includes all labor costs, but parts, replacement equipment, and consumables are all separate costs.
- Preventive: Provides seasonal tune-ups only and may or may not include consumables.
- Inspection: Covers periodic check ups but actual maintenance or repair is an additional cost.
Who Do I Call To Schedule Commercial HVAC Maintenance?
If you need someone to inspect your commercial HVAC unit, then contact Cool Works Co. based in New York City. Cool Works is a full-service heating and cooling contractor specializing in the design, installation, and servicing of central air conditioning, heating, ventilation systems, and commercial refrigeration systems. Their team of technicians has been servicing the New York City area for 25 years, so they know all of the city’s codes, regulations, and requirements for HVAC installation and upkeep better than anyone.
Cool Works serves the entire Manhattan area, including but not limited to: New York City, Hell’s Kitchen, NoHo, Soho, Tribeca, Union Square, the Upper East and West Sides, the Flatiron District, Greenwich Village, Gramercy, and the Meatpacking District. Contact Cool Works today to discuss your commercial HVAC maintenance needs.