HVAC systems are designed to properly heat and cool buildings efficiently to ensure it creates a comfortable work environment for employees. To properly do so, business owners have to create a plan to properly maintain the system while also creating checks and balances to ensure the unit is running properly. During the hustle and bustle of running a business, some business owners may put these items on the back burner, creating a less than ideal situation for the company.
Failing to realize potential issues with your commercial HVAC system could lead to wasting money through costly repairs or less efficient systems. Below are three common commercial HVAC mistakes that business owners make:
- Not repairing the HVAC: Ignoring repairs for the HVAC unit is common and could prove to be costly. Proactive maintenance on a unit can help catch issues that could result in a major problem. When a business owner ignores the signs of damage, the unit will eventually break down – forcing the owner to make a major purchase. Ignoring the need for repairs will also make the unit less efficient, causing a potential increase in energy bills. Simple things such as changing your filters regularly can help reduce the strain on the fan, which can help avoid future repairs and increase efficiency.
- Failure to maximize programmable thermostats: Not utilizing the programmable thermostat that is available on many commercial HVAC units is another common mistake for business owners. While it can be fairly simple to do, it is oftentimes overlooked. This can result in the overall cooling and heating of the building being less efficient, causing higher energy bills from over-heating or over-cooling during non-peak hours.
- Not upgrading the unit: Every HVAC unit will eventually need to be upgraded. While they are designed to last for many years, they will have to be replaced at some point. Continuing to use a unit that is beyond its peak years will cost business owners more money due to increased energy bills. Upgrading the unit will provide enough savings to offset any cost acquired by using a less efficient unit. In addition, it is better to plan a time in advance to replace the unit rather than replacing it in an emergency situation. This will help avoid large unforeseen capital expenses for the company.