Tips for Commercial Property Managers
This winter is predicted to be ‘downright frigid’ according to the Farmer Almanac with some snow and cold conditions mid-November. Although the temperatures have been on the mild side this fall, it is important to have your commercial HVAC system in tiptop shape for the harsher temperatures ahead.
Every experienced property manager understands the need to perform certain maintenance chores on a seasonal basis. The benefits of annual maintenance far outweigh any savings of being reactive rather than proactive when it comes to HVAC system care.
A commercial HVAC is a huge investment and maintaining your systems value correlates to performing HVAC preventative maintenance on a regular set schedule. It can be paralleled to a car’s annual maintenance needs – if a car’s engine and oil system is not maintained properly, chances are you’ll find yourself on the side of the road at some point in need of a tow truck.
Keeping a well-tuned and maintained HVAC system can lower utility bills, improve efficiency, prevent safety issues, create a healthier indoor air quality (IAQ), reduce chances of a major break down and prolong the lifespan of the system.
HVAC Preventative Maintenance Checklist:
1. Replace Air Filters: Clean air filters will improve airflow and increase your HVAC’s efficiency.
2. Adjust Supply Registers: Commercial HVAC systems may require making adjustments, such as opening a few of the supply registers on the first floor and close a few on the second floor in order to increase efficiency.
3. Check the Furnace: As a safety precaution, inspect the furnace thoroughly for cracks in the heat exchanger to ensure carbon dioxide is not leaking.
4, HVAC Inspection: Having your system checked HVAC system checked twice a year by a professional can help to identify and potential issues that could compromise your units efficiency or safety.
- Clean and Check Burners
- Clean and Check Heat Exchanger
- Check Flue
- Check Gas Valve
- Check and Clean Ignition
- Clean Furnace Cabinet
- Check and Adjust all Operating and Safety Controls
- Check Thermocouple and Thermostat
- Check all Electrical Connections
- Check Humidifier
- Check Gas Pressure
5. Inspect Blower and Belts:
- Inspect and Lubricate Blower Bearings and Motor
- Clean Heating, Evaporator, and Condenser Coils
- Clean Condensate Drain, Trap and Pan
- Verify that Economizer Dampers are Set and Operable
6. Verify that Heating/Cooling Systems are Operable by Firing it Up: One all the above maintenance steps have been taken and well before the need for heat, fire up the heating system to make sure all is in working order. Inspect air ducts and check for leaks, while listening for any abnormal noises that may indicate possible safety or malfunction issues.
7. Calibrate Thermostats: Increase efficiency by calibrating the thermostat set to make tenants comfortable, but to save on energy bills by lowering the temperature when building is unoccupied.
Doing all the above steps can make your transition from the spring/summer season to the fall/winter season seamless and help to avoid any unwanted or costly surprises. A property manager that is proactive will find that he or she will better meet tenants’ expectations and develop a solid reputation within the industry.
Asset Management Alliance has deep roots in the Delaware community helping all types of commercial property owners protect and enhance the value of their investment through employing a diligent and fully vetted management, maintenance and engineering team that is available 24/7 every day of the year.